VISITORS: Please note that the Zoo will close early to pedestrians and vehicular traffic on Oct. 20, 21 and 22 in preparation for Boo at the Zoo. Please visit the hours page for full details.

Winter Camps

Snow Safari Day Camp
December 27-30, 2016
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • American flamingos in snow
    A Wild Nature Exploration for Children in Grades K-5!
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Welcome to FONZ Snow Safari Day Camp! Each of the Snow Safari programs explores a different set of animals and themes. In every program, campers gain a sense of respect and appreciation for the natural world, learning how their actions and decisions affect the environment. Through hands-on activities such as games, crafts, scientific exploration, and experiments, campers have fun while learning about animals and conservation. Campers go on zoo walks each day to get an inside perspective on zoo conservation and animal care.

Dates: Dec. 27-30

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 lobby)

Cost: Members: $320 | Non-members: $400
Camp fee includes daily snack and carousel ride

Optional Before Camp Care: 8 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Cost: $80 limited availability

Optional After Camp Care: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Cost: $140 limited availability, fee charged for pickup after 6 p.m.


Camp Descriptions

fennec foxes
Polar Opposites
Head for the equator on a tropical adventure through the Zoo. Shake off that hibernation haze and join us for a week of sunny savannas, steamy forest, and sweeping deserts. The snow may be falling outside, but we’ll stay toasty warm as we learn about animals that have fun in the sun all year long!
Grades: 2 - 5
Member Cost: $320.00
Non-member cost: $400.00
Status: Open
monkey painting
Happy Zoo Year
Ring in 2017 with some of the newest arrivals at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! Get to know the fresh faces (and paws and tails) at the Zoo with games, crafts, and activities. It may be cold outside, but we’ll be sure to give our new animals a warm welcome each day. Make the New Year a Zoo year today!
Grades: K - 1
Member Cost: $320.00
Non-member cost: $400.00
Status: Open
Giant panda in snow
Winter Wonders
Mittens and scarves keep humans warm but how do animals prepare for winter? Play games and make crafts in our cozy classroom as we explore how the animal kingdom gets ready for the big chill. Then zip up your jacket before investigating further on snowy walks through the Zoo to see the wolves, giant pandas, and brrrrds!
Grades: K - 1
Member Cost: $320.00
Non-member cost: $400.00
Status: Open

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 lobby. After gathering with teachers and classmates, campers will be led to their classroom in the Visitor Center. 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 2016 discount code to receive member rates.

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.