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Sofa Safari Day Camp

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Welcome to FONZ Sofa Safari Day Camp, presented by Chase. Let us bring the Zoo to you!

Your favorite summer safari rolls right into your living room or backyard with FONZ's new digital camp. Crafts, games, hands-on activities and your favorite animals are waiting for you, so come join us and Zoo it at home.

Each week-long camp includes:

  • Self-paced learning sessions that consist of crafts, physical challenges, read-alouds, extension activities, and videos of animals and keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
    • We expect these to take between 30-45 minutes each
  • Live all-camp morning meetings (see times below)
  • Live morning breakout sessions grouped by age (see times below)
    • Please note that we have updated our waiver to include guidelines for appropriate online behavior to ensure a safe digital learning platform.

What your family will need:

  • A computer or tablet with access to the internet (and a webcam if you want to participate in the live sessions)
  • A printer to download and print the documents that accompany camp lessons
  • Basic craft supplies (scissors, crayons, glue, etc.) and access to household items, like boxes and bowls. We will send a detailed list of the supplies needed one week before each camp starts.

Age: Recommended for students entering grades K-5 in the fall.

Schedule of live components:

  • 10-10:20 or 10:30 a.m. daily | Morning meeting with all campers (times are dependent upon ability to view animals)
  • 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays and Fridays | Small group breakout sessions

Cost: $100 for members; $120 for non-members

FONZ members receive camp discounts. Not a member? Join Today!

Thank You to Our Sponsor:


2020 Camp Descriptions

Animals Around the World

Pack your bags! We're traveling the world to visit our animal friends. From the meerkats of Africa to the wallabies of Australia, learn how each species adapted to the place it calls home. No passports necessary for this camp!

Date: Week 1: June 22 - 26
Grades: K - 5
Member Cost: $100.00
Non-member cost: $120.00
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Radical Reptiles

Beat the heat with the cold-blooded creatures of the Reptile Discovery Center! These fascinating animals are sure to pull you out of your shell as we "croc" open the hidden worlds of reptiles and amphibians. Jump to it; you'll be hoppy in this camp!

Date: Week 2: June 29 - July 3
Grades: K - 5
Member Cost: $100.00
Non-member cost: $120.00
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Calling All Cats

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 Smithsonian's National 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!

Date: Week 3: July 6 - 10
Grades: K - 5
Member Cost: $100.00
Non-member cost: $120.00
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Aquatic All-Stars

You don't need a swimsuit to learn about the amazing aquatic world. Hold your breath as you meet the Smithsonian's National Zoo's wettest friends. From playful otters to armored alligators, learn about the many creatures that inhabit the world's waters.

Date: Week 4: July 13 - 17
Grades: K - 5
Member Cost: $100.00
Non-member cost: $120.00
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Home Sweet Habitat

There's no place like home! Explore the habitats our animals call home, from the tropical rainforest to the tallest mountains. Dig into the animal world to discover creatures that build their own homes. Come join our crew!

Date: Week 5: July 20 - 24
Grades: K - 5
Member Cost: $100.00
Non-member cost: $120.00
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Marvelous Mammals

From the very small to the very tall, many marvelous mammals call the Smithsonian's National Zoo home. Find out why it's so fantastic to be furry, so wonderful to be warm-blooded and so much fun to be in this camp!

Date: Week 6: July 27 - 31
Grades: K - 5
Member Cost: $100.00
Non-member cost: $120.00
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Zoo Jobs

Do you have what it takes to run a zoo? From zookeepers to veterinarians to police officers and gardeners, running a zoo takes a lot of people. Find out how all of the people who work at the Smithsonian's National Zoo help each other ⁠— and the animals!

Date: Week 7: Aug. 3 - 7
Grades: K - 5
Member Cost: $100.00
Non-member cost: $120.00
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Camp Policies and Information

Sofa Safari Day Camps receive a 75% refund if canceled by the Thursday before the start of each session. There are no partial refunds for campers who do not complete, or who partially participate in, the week. Campers can transfer from one week to another free of charge, if the request is made by the Thursday before either:
  • The start of the original camp, if choosing to move into a camp that starts later in the summer or;
  • The start of the preferred camp, if choosing to move into a camp that starts before the original camp.

Inclusion Policy

Sofa Safari Day Camp welcomes campers, families and staff of all cultures, religions, sexual orientation and gender identification, family constructs and abilities. We do not tolerate aggression, violence or bullying against one another. We foster a fun and educational environment by using teaching strategies that are all-inclusive, reinforce positive behaviors and promote physical and emotional safety.

Minimum Age Requirement

Following D.C. kindergarten eligibility law, children must turn 5 years of age on or before Sept. 30 to be eligible for our program. There are no pre-K Sofa 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.

Registration

All participants must have an online account in Friends of National Zoo’s registration system. This system enables you to register multiple children at once, view your account online and make payments. You will need your FONZ member login information to register and access the member rates.