Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



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Thank you to Banfield Pet Hospital for generously sponsoring many of this summer's camps!

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Summer Safari Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Summer Safari Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association

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2013 Camp Descriptions

For Campers Entering Grades 4-5

Extreme Animal Athletes

Week 1: June 23 - 27

Animals are built for survival. They can live deep in the sea, high in the sky, or in the driest desert. Learn about the amazing adaptations that make these animals winners.

Race for Conservation

Week 1: June 23 - 27

Calling all junior environmentalists! Come meet some of the Zoo’s endangered animals and learn about the programs in place to save them. The National Zoo is doing its part but needs your help. See what you can do to make a difference!

Feast with the Beasts

Week 2: June 30 – July 3 (no camp July 4)

The animals want to have you for dinner! No worries. You aren’t on the menu. Be our guest as we learn about Zoo nutrition and animal diets. Meet the Zoo’s nutritionists and take a behind-the-scenes tour to see what’s on the menu. Bon ape-etit! Reservations required.

The Great Migration

Week 2: June 30 – July 3 (no camp July 4)

Think walking up the Zoo’s hill is bad? Imagine fluttering for nearly 3000 miles! Many animals must travel long distances to find food and live. Pack your bags and join us on a journey across the plains, oceans, and skies as we study these great adventuring animals on their quest for survival.

Amazing Asia

Week 3: July 7 - 11

Join us on a wild expedition to the world’s largest continent while learning about the animals that call Asia home. Explore the island of Sumatra, the cloud forests of China, and many habitats in between. We don’t want to incite panda-monium, but camp is seriously amazing!

Amazon Adventure

Week 3: July 7 - 11

Bom Dia! We’re headed on a South American adventure. Spend a week in the rainforest and get face-to-face with some of the world’s most intriguing creatures, such as monkeys, frogs, and giant fish. Go high in the canopy and down to the forest floor on a wild trip that you’ll never forget.

Dr. Zoolittle

Week 4: July 14 - 18

Imagine what it takes to care for a toothy tiger or slimy salamander. How do you x-ray a stingray or give a shot to a shrew? Zoo veterinarians have one of the toughest jobs around. Visit How Do You Zoo?, our one-of-a-kind role play exhibit, and practice caring for our animals (campers do not come in direct contact with live animals).

The Lorax

Week 4: July 14 - 18

The National Zoo is a leader in saving endangered species like giant pandas, Asian elephants, and clouded leopards. Meet experts in the field of animal science and species survival, and discover the important work they do. Then learn for how you can “speak for the trees” and defend animals from the Onceler.

Calling All Cats

Week 5: July 21 - 25

Looking for a camp with cattitude? Hunt with lions, pounce with tigers, race with cheetahs, and leap into fun with clouded leopards. Meet all of the Zoo’s favorite felines and learn what you can do to protect them. We’re paw-sitive you’ll agree. This camp is purr-fect!

No Bone Zone

Week 5: July 21 - 25

Over 90 percent of the Earth’s animals do not have bones. Loosen up and discover the incredible diversity of animals that belong in the no-bone zone.

Mythical Creatures

Week 6: July 28 – August 1

Centaurs, dragons, and unicorns can all be found at the National Zoo (all you need is a little imagination). Take a magical journey with the fantastic creatures from the world’s legends and myths and visit the real animals behind the mysteries.

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Week 6: July 28 – August 1

Who is stirring when the sun goes down? Come meet the animals that lurk in the shadows and learn about their nocturnal adaptations. After night falls, they hunt, work, and play until it’s time for us to start the day.

The Planeteers

Week 7: August 4 - 8

Planeteers unite! In the race against extinction, “endangered” means there is still time. You can be part of the solution! Join forces with Captain Planet, combine your powers and learn how you can make a difference! (formerly Captain Planet)

Captain America-n Trail

Week 7: August 4 - 8

Avengers assemble! Join your fellow superheroes as we race to protect the animals in our own backyard. Bald eagles, seals, and gray wolves need your help. Shield them from extinction and save the day!

Harry Otters and the Chambered Nautilus

Week 8: August 11 - 15

Take your gillyweed and dive into a wet world to meet the Zoo’s magical aquatic creatures, including otters, octopus, and giant arapaimas. No wand required!

The Wizards of Oz

Week 8: August 11 - 15

Lion and tigers and bears, oh my! Follow the National Zoo’s red brick road to explore the exotic lands that these and many other animals call “home”.