Summer Camp 2017

Summer Camp 2017

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 interacting with rhinos and giraffes, 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 for full-day and half-day camps.
For questions or to reserve a spot, please call 619-718-3000.

Choose an age/grade level:
  • Sensory Safari

    Little ones, and one of their favorite adults, will put their five senses into practice as they use them all to explore the Safari Park. See amazing animals from small colorful birds to large elephants. Listen to Robert the Zebra tell his best jokes. Feel the difference between a bumpy armadillo and a soft bird feather. Watch the gorilla troop taste many different plants. Smell the scent of fruit in the Rodrigues Fruit Bat exhibit. Through play and interactive learning, mini Park tours, up-close animal encounters, storybooks, and lots of hands-on activities, tots will experience a fun introduction to summer camp at the Safari Park.

    Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m.

    June 26–30
    July 10–14
    July 24–28

     

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  • Colorful Creatures

    There’s a rainbow of colors living right here in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! We invite summer campers to join us and explore just how vivid animals can be. Each half-day of camp includes a visit from our animal ambassadors for up-close animal interaction, stories, crafts, songs, and games. From pink flamingos to blue-tongued skinks, there’s a ton of colorful animal fun!

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

    July 3, 5, 6, and 7 (no camp on July 4)
     

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  • Colorful Creatures

    There’s a rainbow of colors living right here in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! We invite summer campers to join us and explore just how vivid animals can be. Each half-day of camp includes a visit from our animal ambassadors for up-close animal interaction, stories, crafts, songs, and games. From pink flamingos to blue-tongued skinks, there’s a ton of colorful animal fun!

    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon

    June 19–23
    July 17–21
     

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  • Wild About Art

    Let the Safari Park's beautiful animals and plants help inspire your creativity! Through group instruction, visits from animal ambassadors, and Park-wide strolls, campers will explore several types of art media to help them express their interest and appreciation for animals. Beginners are welcome!

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

    July 3, 5, 6, and 7 (no camp on July 4)

     

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  • You Talkin' to Me?

    Whether they trumpet, whistle, squawk or roar, animals have a lot to say to each other. Explore the wonderful world of animal communication and learn that even the strong, silent types are sharing many important messages. Summer campers will get a chance to watch and listen for themselves as they prowl the Park and share up-close visits with animal ambassadors, interact with our resident talking animal, Robert the Zebra, sing camp songs, play games, and create crafts to round out a week of fun that will have your campers talking with the animals.

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

    June 19–23
    June 26–30
    July 31–August 4

     

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  • What's on the Menu?

    What do you do when someone wants to eat you? Feast your eyes on a menu of fun activities to discover what it takes to “eat or be eaten” in the Animal Kingdom. Learn about the adaptations that help certain animals eat. Counselors will guide campers to behind-the-scenes venues to view up close where keepers prepare delicious diets for some of the Park’s residents. Daily walks around the Park, games, and craft activities round out the camp experience. Come and learn about cool creatures and their favorite foods with us this summer.

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

    June 19–23
    July 10–14
    July 17–21

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  • Behaving Wildly

    Every animal action, from an instinct to something they’ve learned, is a behavior. What does it mean when a gazelle wags its tail? What helps a cheetah run so fast? How do tigers keep cool on a hot day? What actions can I take to help animals? Campers will explore the answers to these questions and more, while watching wildlife at the Safari Park. Understanding animal behavior is an important part of caring for animals. Behind-the-scenes visits, campers-only presentations with animal ambassadors, games, hands-on activities and more await you this summer.

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

    July 17–21
    July 24–28
    July 31–August 4

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  • All About Animal Care

    Get the inside scoop on animal care and conservation, straight from the experts. Meet keepers and animal trainers to see what it takes to work with exotic animals. Get up close to animal ambassadors during private animal encounters. Take a trip to our state-of-the-art hospital to see veterinary medicine in action. Try your hand at wildlife research, as you learn what it’s like to work as a field biologist monitoring animal behavior. Travel to behind-the-scenes areas with your counselors and fellow campers to really get the inside look at animal care in practice. Get ready for nonstop animal action, as you learn what it takes to become an animal care pro!

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

    July 10–14
    July 31–August 4

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  • Heroes for Wildlife

    Explore what it takes to run the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, taking care of animals, plants, guests, and crew members alike. Hint: it takes a village, from animal keepers and veterinarians to education staff, mechanics, and even social media experts. Through break-out sessions, behind-the-scenes visits, scheduled demonstrations, hands-on activities, and encounters with animal ambassadors, gain an inside look at what it takes to help end extinction with San Diego Zoo Global. 

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

    June 26–30
    July 24–28

     

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