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School's Out Camp

Camps for
Grades K - 6
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Registration for Spring and Summer Safari Day Camps is open. Due to high volume, some members may experience technical difficulties. If you need assistance, please call our office at 202-633-3024 or email us at fonz_programs@si.edu.

Make the most of your child’s day off school by exploring the "living classroom" here at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! In this multi-grade program, campers gain a sense of respect for the animals at the Zoo and an appreciation of the hard work that keepers put into caring for animals. With hands-on activities such as games, crafts and scientific exploration, campers will have fun learning about conservation. Campers will also go on a Zoo walk and get an inside perspective on Zoo conservation and animal care from keepers and other Zoo staff.

2019 Dates: Nov. 4 and 5

2020 Dates: Jan. 17, Jan. 27 and March 20

All of the January and March School's Out Camps are full. Check back in the fall for our 2020-2021 camp dates!

Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (campers must be dropped off between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center lobby)

Cost: Members: $90 | Non-members: $112.50

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

Camp Descriptions

Art Gone Wild

Zebra stripes, leopard spots and bird feathers — patterns, colors and textures are all around us at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! We’ll channel our inner Leonardo da Vinci as we explore art with animals. Let’s be colorful in Art Gone Wild!

Date: Nov. 4
Grades: K - 6
Member Cost: $90.00
Non-member Cost: $112.50
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Hungry Hungry Animals

Munch munch and crunch crunch go the animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! Come learn about wildlife nutrition and find out the orangutans’ favorite food (Here’s a hint: it’s juicy and sweet!). You’re sure to have a tasty-riffic time in this camp!

Date: Nov. 5
Grades: K - 6
Member Cost: $90.00
Non-member Cost: $112.50
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Happy Zoo Year

Ring in 2020 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, including Willow the cow and a sea lion pup. It may be cold outside, but we’ll be sure to give our new animals a warm welcome. Make the new year a Zoo year today!

Date: Jan. 17
Grades: K - 6
Member Cost: $90.00
Non-member Cost: $112.50
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Wild Winter

Brr-ave the cold to meet the animals who love the snow, like the red pandas and gray wolf at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! From winter coats to cozy dens, find out what it takes to survive this chilly season. Bundle up and join us for a wild winter!

Date: Jan. 27
Grades: K - 6
Member Cost: $90.00
Non-member Cost: $112.50
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Friends Furever

Did you know some animals like to cuddle, play and sing together? Discover special friendships with the otters, elephants and monkeys at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Join the flock, because toucans are better than one!

Date: March 20
Grades: K - 6
Member Cost: $90.00
Non-member Cost: $112.50
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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 contact the Education Programs 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 email 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 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.

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 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.