Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children
 

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children
 

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Summer Safari

Age Range: 3 years through 7th grade

Days: Monday - Friday

Cost: : Half day - $150 Full day - $300 | Zoo members save 20% | Costs Vary for Some 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 prepayment are required.

Click HERE to purchase a Blank Park Zoo membership to save on Safari Camps.

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Pre-K: Pre-k camps are half day camps for children ages 3-5 years.

Kindergarten: Kindergarten camps are full day camps for children who will be entering Kindergarten in fall 2024

Grade 1: Grade 1 camps are full day camps for children entering grade 1 in fall 2024

Grade 2: Grade 2 camps are full day camps for children entering grade 2 in fall 2024

Grade 3: Grad 3 camps are full day camps for children entering grade 3 in fall 2024

Grade 4-5: Grade 4-5 camps are full day camps for children entering grade 4-5 in fall 2024

Grade 6-7: Grade 6-7 camps are full day camps for children entering grades 6-7 in fall 2024

Click HERE for Camp-At-A-Glance Schedule.

Click here to download our Summer Safari Camp Parent Guide.


Participation Guidelines

It is important to us that your child receives the best experience. Each camp is for children entering that grade level in the fall of 2024. Your child MUST be fully potty-trained to be a part of camp.

Please dress children in comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. We will spend portions of each day outside exploring the zoo.

Be respectful, responsible and safe. These are the values we uphold for all camp participants. Similar to many schools, we use a PBIS reward system at camp that encourages these values in all camp activities. Blank Park Zoo is also proud to have a Inclusion Specialist to aid our ability to include individuals that may need specialized support. We aim to be a camp for all.


Member Discount

Blank Park Zoo offers a discount to members! Please be prepared to provide your member ID during registration. Your member ID can be found under the bar code on your membership card. If you do not know your member ID, please call 515-974-2600 or email membership@blankparkzoo.org. Please note that your registration will be reviewed and your charges may be modified if you choose, but do not qualify for this discount.

Grandparent & Grandparent Plus Memberships - If your camper is included on a grandparent or grandparent plus membership, please still register the camper under the parents' name and provide the membership ID for the grandparent or grandparent plus membership.


Drop-off/Pick-up

Both drop-off and pick-up take place curbside. Drop-off begins at 8:45 am for AM PreK and all full day camps. Drop-off for PM PreK camps begins at 1:15 pm. Please follow our signs for drop-off or see the drop-off/pick up map located in the Safari Camp Parent Guide.

For the safety of your children, we will only release your child to the person/s you list on your household’s authorized pickup list.

Please honor our pick-up times:

AM PreK camps: 11:30-11:45 am

PM PreK and full day camps: 4:00 - 4:15 p.m.

After Care: Before 5:30 p.m.

*A $5 late fee will be charged for children in AM PreK camps for every 15 minutes after 11:45 am.

**Children in PM PreK and full day camps who are not picked up by 4:15 pm will go to after care and parents will be charged the daily rate of $8. A $5 late fee will be charge for every 15 minutes after 5:30 pm.


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

Lunches, before and after care and t-shirts can all be purchased through your CampBrain account or by emailing camps@blankparkzoo.org.

Click here for more information about 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), you must adhere to the following guidelines:

  •  Morning/evening dose of medications should be given before or after your child attends camp. Only medications with a dosage schedule that cannot be adjusted for camp hours should be administered during the day.

  •  ALL medications must be given to a Camp Supervisor by an adult. Prescription medications must be in the child’s name and in its original bottle. Adult should advise whether the medication should be returned at the end of each day or stay at the Zoo for the duration of camp.

  • A medication authorization form must be filled out completely for each medication to be administrated at camp. We will NOT administer medication without a completed form until we are able to reach a parent by phone.

  • 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 must have the child's first and last name and exact time medication is to be given.

  • We are unable to accept damaged/expired medications or loose medicine in unmarked packaging or give medication on an “as needed” basis.

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. Call 515-974-2550 if a confirmation email is not received within 24 hours. The week before camp, you will receive a pre-camp email with instructions for drop-off and pickup. 

Cancellation requests received more than 2 weeks prior to the start date of camp will receive a full refund minus a $60 cancellation fee ($30 for half day camps). Cancellations requested within 2 weeks of the start date of camp will not receive a refund.

If you have any questions regarding camps or registration, please email camps@blankparkzoo.org or call 515-974-2550.

Click HERE to purchase a Blank Park Zoo membership to save money on Safari Camps.

Please be prepared to provide your member ID during registration. Please note that your registration will be reviewed and your charges may be modified if you choose but do not qualify for this discount. If you do not know your member ID, please call 515-974-2600 or email membership@blankparkzoo.org.

Grandparent & Grandparent Plus Memberships - If your camper is included on a grandparent or grandparent plus membership, please still register the camper under the parents' name and provide the membership ID for the grandparent or grandparent plus membership.

Registration Now Open

Click here to download our Summer Safari Camp Parent Guide.

 

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