Spring Camps

Spring Safari Day Camp
April 10-21, 2017
9 a.m. - 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 Camp is offered for two, week-long sessions: April 10-14 and April 18-21 (no camp on April 17)

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

Cost (five-day session April 18-21): Members: $400 | Non-members: $500
Cost (four-day session April 18-21): Members: $320 | Non-members: $400
Camp fee includes a Spring Safari Day Camp baseball cap, daily snack, and carousel ride.

Optional Before Camp Care: 8 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Cost: $100 per session ($80 for the four-day session) limited availability

Optional After Camp Care: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Cost: $175 ($140 for the four-day session) limited availability, fee charged for pickup after 6 p.m.

 

Registration Dates

Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.: FONZ Premier Plus and above
Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.: All FONZ members 
Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.: Non-members

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

Camp Descriptions

2017 camp descriptions will be available soon.

Scimitar Horned Oryx
Jr. Zoologist (Session I)
Camp Jr. Zoologists will explore the Zoo from the Connecticut Avenue to Rock Creek Parkway, from the biggest elephant to the tiniest frog. Discover the most endangered animals and learn about the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's 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
Status: Closed
Przewalskis Wild Horse
Jr. Zoologist (Session II)
Camp Jr. Zoologists will explore the Zoo from the Connecticut Avenue to Rock Creek Parkway, from the biggest elephant to the tiniest frog. Discover the most endangered animals and learn about the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's 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: $320.00
Non-member cost: $400.00
Status: Closed
titi monkey
Animals Around the World (Session I)
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
Status: Closed
Slender Tailed Meerkat
Animals Around the World (Session II)
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: $320.00
Non-member cost: $400.00
Status: Closed

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.

Locations

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.

Registration

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.