Spring Camps

Spring Safari Day Camp
April 15-19, 2019
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 April 15-19, 2019

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

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

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

Registration Dates

Jan. 29 - FONZ Premier Plus and above
Feb. 5 - All FONZ members 
Feb. 12 - Non-members

Registration opens at 10 a.m. FONZ members receive early registration priority and camp discounts. Not a member? Join Today!

Camp Descriptions

Who's New at the Zoo?

Who’s new at the Smithsonian's National Zoo? From birds to reptiles 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
Animals Around the World

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

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

Our Jr. Zoologists will explore the Zoo from the Connecticut Avenue to Rock Creek, from the biggest elephant to the tiniest frog. Discover our most endangered animals and learn about the National Zoo's efforts to keep them safe. This camp is sure to be wild! (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

Camp Policies and Information

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the start of the session will receive a 75% refund. Transfer requests received at least four weeks prior to the start of the session will be charged a 10% 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 login information in order to receive the discount.

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.