Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children

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Open Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children

View All Rates ›

Summer Safari Camps

Summer Safari Group

Age range: 3 years through 7th grade
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9-11:30am for half day, 9am-4pm for full day
Cost: Half day - $90 members, $130 non-members
Full day - $185 members, $260 non-members 
(costs vary for offsite overnight camps)

Explore the world of animals and nature. Join us for week long, fun-packed day camps that consist of hands-on lessons, games, art, zoo explorations and live animal encounters!

Registration and pre-payment are required

Click here to be placed on a waitlist for camp registration.

Summer Safari Camps are Sold Out for 2021

Participation Guidelines

It is important to us that your child receives the best experience. As such, we hope that you will help us by honoring our grade level guidelines. Each camp is for children entering that grade level in the fall of 2021. Your child MUST be fully potty-trained to be a part of camp.

Curbside Drop-off/Pick-up

Drop-off for each camp begins at 8:45 am. Please follow drop off markers.

For the safety of your children, we will only release your child to the person/s you list during registration. If there are emergencies/last-minute changes, please notify educators at drop-off.

Please honor our pick-up times:
Half day: 11:30 am
Full day: 4:00 pm
After care: Before 5:30 pm

*Children in full day camps who are not picked up by 4:15 pm will go to after care and parents will be charged. A $5 late fee will be charge for every 15 minutes after 5:30 pm.

Extra Purchases (Before/After Care, Lunch, T-shirts)

Weekly lunches, weekly before/after care, and t-shirts can all be purchased through your online registration or at camp drop-off. If you would like to purchase before/after care or lunches for individual days of the week, you can do so at drop-off at Admissions or by calling 515-974-2553 (purchases for individual week days of camp are not available online).

Click here for more information about lunch, snack, before/after care and t-shirts.

Medications at Camp

If you are bringing any medication to camp with your child (including rescue inhalers and EpiPens), we ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Please give all medications to your child’s camp instructor at check-in and advise whether the medication should be returned at the end of each day or stay at the Zoo for the duration of camp.
  • The child’s parent/guardian at check-in must sign a medication authorization form (required by law) that authorizes camp staff to securely store the medication until the time it is to be administered.
  • The camp child must administer his/her own medication.
  • All medications must be in their original packaging and labeled with appropriate prescription, dosing and/or pharmaceutical information. Liquid medication must be accompanied with an appropriate measuring cup/syringe.
  • We are unable to accept damaged/expired medications or loose medicine in unmarked packaging.

Click here to download a medication authorization form

Registration, Confirmation and Cancellation

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 515-974-2588 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 processing fee. 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.

If you have any questions regarding camps or registration, please email or call 515-974-2588.

Click here to be placed on a waitlist for camp registration.

Click here to download our Safari Camp Parent Guide

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