Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Safari Camps

Spend your school break at the Zoo exploring the world of animals and nature. Join us for fun-packed day camps that consist of hands-on lessons, games, art, zoo explorations and live animal encounters!

Registration and pre-payment required.


Spring Safari

Spring Safari camp runs Monday-Wednesday of the Des Moines Public Schools Spring Break for children in Kindergarten-4th Grade.

Registration for Spring Safari Camp available now!

Summer Safari

Summer Safari camps are week-long day camps that run throughout the Des Moines Public Schools summer break for children ages 3-12. Age groups are divided up based on the grade children are entering in the fall of the camp year.

Registration for Summer Safari Camp available now!

Winter Safari

Winter Safari camp runs during Des Moines Public Schools Winter Break for children in Kindergarten-4th Grade. Camp length changes each year and is dependent upon holiday dates.

Registration for Winter Safari Camp opens in November.

Registration & Cancellations

Pre-registration is required for all camps. After your registration is processed, a confirmation email will be sent (please check your spam folder). Your registration is not confirmed until you receive this confirmation. Call 515-974-2556 if a confirmation email is not received.

If a cancellation is necessary more than two weeks out from the camp start date, Blank Park Zoo will grant a refund for the registration amount minus a $50 cancellation fee ($30 for half day camps). Any cancellations requested within two weeks of the camp start date will not receive a refund (if the child is unable to attend, please consider your payment a tax-deductible donation at this time). Switching to a different week of camp is an option but depends on availability and may only be done once.

For more information, help registering please call the Education Office at 515-974-2556 or email

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