Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018

An Adventure Like No Other

Get ready for an adventure like no other during the Safari Park’s Summer Camp! There may be many types of summer camp for kids, but few will have campers connecting with creatures, meeting meerkats, getting up close to cheetahs, feeding okapis, and discovering African wonders the way the Safari Park’s will. This is hands-on, join-in, be-a-part-of-it fun! If your children love animals, the Safari Park is the place for them this summer. Extended Day options are available at an extra cost for full- and half-day camps. Please select the grade your child will be entering in the fall.

For questions or to reserve a spot, please call 619-718-3000, or book online with the Buy link.

Choose an age/grade level:
  • Growin' Up

    Toddlers, along with one of their favorite grownups, will learn what it is like to be a young, growing animal at the Safari Park through play and interactive learning, mini Park tours, up-close animal encounters, storybooks, and lots of hands-on activities.

    Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m.

    July 9–13
    July 16–20
    July 2327

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  • Family Camp: One Herd

    Ready to read and grow together? This camp is geared toward families with multiple campers (maximum two children per adult). Through family bonding, storytelling, hands-on activities, and animal encounters, your campers will learn that our young animals are a lot like them.

    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon

    August 6–10

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  • Story Safari

    Story Safari will take campers on a journey inspired by some of our favorite stories about animals. After counselors read stories, campers will encounter different stars of the tales. Each half day will include visits from animal ambassadors, Park walks, stories, crafts, songs, and games.

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon

    July 2, 3, 5, and 6 (no camp on July 4)

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  • Story Safari

    Story Safari will take campers on a journey inspired by some of our favorite stories about animals. After counselors read stories, campers will encounter different stars of the tales. Each half day will include visits from animal ambassadors, Park walks, stories, crafts, songs, and games.

    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon

    June 2529
    July 30–August 3

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  • Wild About Art

    Campers will explore several types of art media from around the world to help them express their interest and appreciation for the animals and nature they encounter at the Safari Park. Beginners are welcome!

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    July 2, 3, 5, and 6 (no camp on July 4)

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  • Feathers, Scales, and Hair—Let's Compare

    Explore the wonderful world of animals and learn what makes them who they are. Whether it is studying a bird's feather up close or feeling the hair of a mammal, campers will get a chance to discover what makes animals unique.

    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    June 2529
    July 23–27
    August 6–10

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  • Fact or Fiction?

    Elephants never forget. Bats are blind. Touching a toad will give you warts...right? Summer campers will have a chance to sleuth out some truths and bust some myths about the Animal Kindgom. Animal ambassador visits and guided tours of select behind-the-scenes venues will give campers the opportunity to find out what is animal fact...or fiction.

    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    June 25–29
    July 16–20
    August 610

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  • Critter Scene Investigators (CSI)

    Explore and investigate different wildlife whodunits and animal topics each day, such as habitat choice, predator-prey interaction, food, camouflage, and more. Mystery-themed games, behind-the-scenes visits, animal encounters, a Balloon Safari ride, and more await campers.

    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    July 913
    July 30–August 3

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  • All the Park's a Stage

    Campers will learn how to express their curiosity and appreciation for wildlife through movement, music, storytelling, and acting—with group instruction, visits from animal ambassadors, and Park-wide strolls. Beginners are welcome!

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    July 2, 3, 5, and 6 (no camp on July 4)

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  • Animal Care Here and There

    Get the inside scoop on animal care and conservation from around the world, straight from the experts. Interact with keepers, tour the veterinary hospital, try your hand at wildlife research, and explore conservation projects happening in your backyard and around the world.

    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    July 16–20
    July 30August 3

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  • Ending Extinction

    Explore what it takes to lead the fight against extinction, and get an inside look at how San Diego Zoo Global uses its expertise in animal and plant care—at the Safari Park and abroad. This camp includes breakout sessions, behind-the-scenes visits, scheduled demonstrations, hands-on activities, a private Caravan Safari, and encounters with animal ambassadors.

    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    July 9–13
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  • Extended Day options allow campers to stay at the Safari Park longer, allowing parents to drop off children before camp begins and/or pick them up after camp concludes. Activities include crafts, games, and possible tours (no extra animal visits are planned during this time). Full-day campers may attend both the 8-9 a.m. morning and 4-5:30 p.m. afternoon Extended Day sessions; half-day campers may only attend the 8-9 a.m. morning session.

    June 25-29
    July 2, 3, 5, and 6
    July 9-13
    July 16-20
    July 23-27
    July 30-August 3
    August 6-10

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