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About Registration

With our registration system, all participants must have an online account. You will need your FONZ member ID number and the 2014 discount code to receive the member rate. This system enables you to register multiple children at once, view your account online, and make payments. Also, non-members can join FONZ during the registration process.

Member Registration begins February 4 at 10 a.m. 

Upgrade to Premier+ membership and register for camp one week early, starting January 28.

Registration for non-members begins February 11 at 10 a.m.

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A wild week of nature exploration for children entering grades K-7!

Summer Safari campers at the National Zoo explore the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals around the world. Weeklong sessions include exciting hands-on activities, craft projects, science experiments, and walks through the Zoo (but there is never direct contact with the animals).

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

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Weekly Calendar


Camp sessions are grouped into four grade levels according to the grade that children are entering in the fall:

Note: Following DC kindergarten eligibility law, children must turn five (5) years of age on or before September 30th to be eligible for our K-1 programs. There are no pre-K Summer Safari sessions. Children should be registered for the grade level they will be entering in the fall, and they may be registered only within their correct age group.

2014 Dates and Times

Weeklong sessions are available June 23-August 15, 2014 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Campers must be dropped off between 8:45 and 9 a.m. Before-Camp Care is available for a limited number of campers each week. Before-Camp Care takes place in the Visitor Center from 8 to 8:45 a.m. After-Camp Care is available for a limited number of campers each week. After-Camp Care takes place in the Visitor Center classrooms from 3 to 6 p.m.


Camp fee includes Summer Safari Day Camp baseball cap and water bottle, daily snack with juice box, and a ride on the new Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel.

  • Five-day session, 9 a.m.-3p.m.: $380 members/$475 non-members
  • Four-day session, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: $305 members/$382 non-members
  • Before-Camp Care, 8-8:45 a.m.: $100 per five-day week/$80 per four-day week
  • After-Camp Care, 3-6 p.m.: $175 per five-day week/$140 per four-day week


For your convenience, drop-off for all camps is in the Visitor Center Auditorium. After gathering with their teachers and classmates, campers will be led to their classrooms at one of several locations in the park. Please pick up campers in Parking Lot A. Campers in After-Camp Care must be picked up in Visitor Center classrooms. NEW for 2014: you must show photo identification when picking up your camper at dismissal or in After-Camp Care.

Registration Confirmation

You will receive confirmation via email upon registration.

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the start of the session will receive a 75-percent refund. Transfer requests received at least four weeks prior to the start of the session will be charged a 10-percent administrative fee. Please email the FONZ Summer Safari Office with cancellation and transfer requests. No refunds or changes will be made for less than four weeks notice.


FONZ is pleased to offer Summer Safari Day Camp Scholarships. This year, a limited number of scholarships are available for the week of July 28 – August 1 in the following camps:

  • Nur-ZOO-Ry Rhymes (grades K-1),
  • Fairy Tales (grades 2-3),
  • Things That Go Bump in the Night (grades 4-5), and
  • Operation Conservation (grades 6-7).

Before-Camp Care and After-Camp Care for scholarship recipients is dependent upon availability.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the family’s financial need, the child’s expressed interest in camp, and two positive references from adults who are not related to the child (can be a teacher, close friend, coach, etc.). Characteristics of a good applicant include, but are not limited to:

  • An interest in science, animals, and/or the environment, as well as a desire to learn more about wildlife and wild places.
  • Curiosity in or willingness to explore the outdoors.
  • Ability to get along well with others.
  • A willingness to try new things and meet new people.

In order to apply for a scholarship, families should download and complete the 2014 Summer Safari Day Camp Scholarship Application. Applications are due by March 15, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified on April 15, 2014.

Questions about our scholarship program? Please email us at FONZ_Programs@si.edu.

2014 Summer Safari Day Camp Scholarship Application


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