Camps

Safari Camp


We have made a series of changes to Safari Camp for the summer of 2021 to protect the safety of campers, staff, animals at the Zoo and the community as a whole. Please review all the information below before completing registration.

  • Weeklong Zookeeper camps for grades K-6 will be offered.
    • We hope to resume Animal Welfare Workshop, Zookeeper 7: Animal Behavior, Zookeeper 8: Veterinary Medicine and all Single-Day camps in 2022.
  • Campers will be required to wear appropriate masks at all times, except when eating or drinking.
  • All campers will receive a health screening upon arrival each day.
  • Campers will spend the majority of their day outdoors, please dress for the weather (with the exception of extreme weather).
  • Campers exhibiting any symptoms of illness or completing quarantine due to COVID or COVID exposure will be offered make-up days of camp.
  • For the safety of the animals at the Zoo, there will be no in-person, behind-the-scenes experiences with Life Sciences staff.
  • Early Bird and Late Owl extended care will have a limited capacity and will only be available to those registered for the entire week.
  • In place of the in-person Safari Camp Showcase at the end of the week, we will be sending a video Showcase to all participants.

Registration dates for Zoo Members will be posted soon!


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Zookeeper Camps (Available for each grade level K-6)

Zookeeper Camps will introduce campers to the needs of animals and the complexities of animal care. Campers will have the opportunity to explore all types of animals and learn about their health, behavior, nutrition and welfare.

Zookeeper Camps (Available for each grade level K-6)

Zookeeper Camps will introduce campers to the needs of animals and the complexities of animal care. Campers will have the opportunity to explore all types of animals and learn about their health, behavior, nutrition and welfare.


  • Early Bird and Late Owl (All Ages)

    Busy schedules and work commitments don’t always work well with a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. camp schedule. Take advantage of our early drop-off and late pick-up program to make Safari Camp work for you. Campers are supervised by Safari Camp staff the entire time, enjoying games, activities and stories. Registration for weeklong extended care is available during camp registration. Spaces are limited. Early Bird Care starts at 7:30 a.m. Late Owl Care ends at 6 p.m.

    Full-Day Option for Soon-to-Be Kindergartners

    Morning and afternoon camps can be paired for full-day experiences. All campers registered for both will be supervised during lunch by camp staff with no additional cost.

  • FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

     

    What week will camp be offered for my child’s grade level?

    Camp 2021 Schedule


    How can I add or change extended care after I have registered for camp?
    Please email safaricamp@dzs.org or call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3800 to change your extended care schedule.


    How do I authorize a different person to pick up my child from camp?

    There are two ways to change the list of individuals allowed to pick up your child from Safari Camp.

    • Tell your child’s teacher at check-in.
    • Email safaricamp@dzs.org or call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3800

    Can I order an extra T-Shirt?

    There is an opportunity to order extra shirts, camp packs and lunch bags during online registration.  If you have already registered for Safari Camp and would like to purchase any of these items, you may do so at camp check-in or check-out. Please pay at one of the registers at the Rackham Fountain Entrance booth and then take the receipt to your child’s teacher or a Camp Supervisor. Your child will receive the item at the end of the day.


    My child has allergies that may require the use of epinephrine. What do I need to do?

    Please print and complete a “Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan.” Bring this form, along with any epinephrine or antihistamines that may be needed by your child on the first day of camp. We do not accept expired medications. Your child’s teacher will discuss the plan with you.


    Is this camp peanut-free?

    No. The snacks provided to campers do not contain any nuts and there are peanut-free tables available at lunch time, but we do not control the contents of other campers’ lunches or food brought into the Zoo by other guests.


    What do I do if my child needs to take prescribed medication during camp hours?

    Please ask your child’s teacher or a Camp Supervisor for an “Authorization for Dispensing Medication” form. All medication must be prescribed by a licensed physician, be in the original container and labeled with child’s full name. Please email safaricamp@dzs.org with any questions or concerns.


    My child has mobility challenges.  Can he/she still attend this camp?

    Yes! Please contact our camp directors at safaricamp@dzs.org to make arrangements. We can provide a wheelchair for long Zoo hikes if necessary.


    What will my child do at camp?

    While schedules vary among camps, a typical full day of camp may look like this:

    • 9 a.m. – Welcome and warm-up
    • 9:15 a.m. – Zoo hike
    • 10:45 a.m. – Morning snack
    • 11 a.m. – Activity
    • Noon – Lunch and free play
    • 1 p.m. – Activity/research
    • 2 p.m. – Project work/art
    • 3 p.m. – Afternoon snack
    • 3:30 p.m. – Journal and clean-up
    • 4 p.m. – Check-out

    What snacks are served at Safari Camp?

    Each morning, campers will receive one piece of whole fruit. They will have at least two options to choose from, such as apples, bananas, pears, plums, peaches or oranges.

    The afternoon snack schedule is as follows:

    • Monday – pretzels
    • Tuesday – yogurt tubes
    • Wednesday – applesauce
    • Thursday – string cheese
    • Friday – animal crackers

    For ingredient lists or additional information, please contact safaricamp@dzs.org.

    Campers may bring their own snacks if substitutions are necessary.