Spring Camps

Spring Safari Day Camp
March 26-30, 2018
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Spring is in the air, but flowers aren’t the only things blooming. So are new programs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo!  This spring break, sign your child up for FONZ's Spring Safari Day Camp!

Each of the Spring Safari programs explores the lives, habitats and conservation of animals around the world. Week-long sessions include exciting hands-on activities, lessons, craft projects, science experiments and walks through the Zoo. There’s no better way to spend your spring break than with Friends of the National Zoo! Please note: There is no direct contact with animals, and campers do not participate in animal care.

Dates: Spring Safari Day Camp is offered for one session from March 26-30, 2018

Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (campers must be dropped off between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center auditorium)

Cost: Members: $400 | Non-members: $500
Camp fee includes a Safari Day Camp baseball cap, daily snack and carousel ride.

Optional Before Camp Care: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. | Cost: $100 per session limited availability

Optional After Camp Care: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Cost: $175  limited availability, fee charged for pickup after 6 p.m.


Registration Dates

Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.: FONZ Premier Plus and above
Feb. 6 at 10 a.m.: All FONZ members 
Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.: Non-members

FONZ members receive early registration priority and camp discounts. Not a member? Join Today!

Camp Descriptions

sloth in a tree
World Safari

From African plains to South American forests, mountain cliffs to ocean depths, the world is full of amazing animals perfectly adapted to their unique habitats. Grab your binoculars and your passport; you won’t want to miss this wild week!

Grades: 3 - 5
Member Cost: $400.00
Non-member cost: $500.00
new caledonian giant gecko on a log
Jr. Zoologist

Jr. Zoologists will explore the Smithsonian's National Zoo from Connecticut Avenue to Rock Creek Parkway, and from the biggest elephant to the tiniest frog. Discover the most endangered animals and learn about our scientists' efforts to keep them safe. This camp is sure to be wild! Please note: Campers do not come in direct contact with live animals or assist with animal care.

Grades: 3 - 5
Member Cost: $400.00
Non-member cost: $500.00
aldabra tortoise in the grass
Where the Wild Things Are!

A wonderful world unfolds in this five-day investigation of the animal kingdom. Each day, you'll learn about a different type of animal and the wild place it inhabits. Be prepared for awesome facts about mammals and birds and reptiles, oh my! Let the wild rumpus start! Please note: This class is inspired by the "Where the Wild Things Are" book; no actual characters will be present.

Grades: K - 2
Member Cost: $400.00
Non-member cost: $500.00
coati on a branch
Who's New at the Zoo?

Who’s new at the Smithsonian's National Zoo? From chicks to bears and the smallest babies to full-grown furry friends, we have new animals! Come meet the Zoo’s newest arrivals and learn about the animals that share their habitats. Old friends and new campers are welcome to join the fun!

Grades: K - 2
Member Cost: $400.00
Non-member cost: $500.00

Camp Policies and Information

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 Safari Day Camp Office with cancellation and transfer requests. No refunds or changes will be made for less than four weeks' notice.

Minimum Camp Size

FONZ reserves the right to cancel a program no less than two days before the class begins if registration is under five participants. In this event, you will be notified by phone or e-mail and offered credit for another program, a full refund, or the option to donate your program fee to FONZ.


Drop-off for all camps is in the Visitor Center auditorium. After gathering with their teacher and classmates, campers will go to their classroom at one of several locations in the park. Campers in After-Camp Care must be picked up in Visitor Center classrooms. You must show photo identification when picking up your camper at dismissal or in After-Camp Care.


All participants must have an online account in the 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 ID, or temporary ID, and the 2017 discount code to receive member rates.

American Camp Association policy updates require that we collect the following information at the time of registration. Please have this information available at the time of registration.

  • your family’s medical insurance carrier name and policy number
  • the date of your child’s last tetanus shot

If you have questions about these updates, please email the FONZ Safari Day Camp Office.

Animal Contact

For the safety of your child and the Zoo's animals, there is no contact with live animals or behind-the-scenes access provided in these classes.