Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Summer Safari Camps

 

Age range: 3 years through 7th gradeSummer Safari Group
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 
(higher cost for Junior Zoo Keeper and Beyond the Reef 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 purchase a Blank Park Zoo membership to save money on Safari Camps

***When purchasing a membership online, there may be a 3 business day delay before the member rate can be applied to your camp registration. To avoid this delay, please purchase your zoo membership/camp registration over the phone or at Zoo Admissions.

Registration available now! Click here to register!

Click the age group links below for camp themes, dates and descriptions

Pre-K:  Pre-k camps are half day camps for children ages 3-4 years.
Kindergarten: Kindergarten camps are half or full day camps for children ages 5-6 years who will be entering Kindergarten in fall 2020
Grade 1-2: Grade 1-2 camps are full day camps for children entering grades 1 or 2 in fall 2020
Grade 3-4: Grade 3-4 camps are full day camps for children entering grades 3 or 4 in fall 2020
Grade 5-6: Grade 5-6 camps are full day camps for children entering grades 5 or 6 in fall 2020
Grade 7: Grade 7 camps are full day camps for children entering grade 7 in fall 2020

Click here for Camp-At-A-Glance Schedule


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 2020. Your child MUST be fully potty-trained to be a part of camp.


Drop-off/Pick-up

Check-in for each camp begins 10 minutes before the start of camp.

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.

Drop-off/Pick-up Locations:

  • Pre-K:  Drop-off and pick-up will occur at the Bankers Trust Learning Center next to Kids Kingdom.
  • Kindergarten: Drop-off will occur in the Small Pavilion, located next to the Stroller Stand. For half day pick-up, please enter the Zoo through Admissions and you will be directed to the Dove Room in the Discovery Center. Full day pick-up will occur in the Small Pavilion.
  • Grades 1-7: Drop-off and pick-up will occur in the Large Pavilion, located next to the bald eagle exhibit.

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 or by calling 515-974-2588 (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 info@blankparkzoo.org or call 515-974-2588.

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

***When purchasing a membership online, there may be a 3-day delay before the member rate can be applied to your camp registration. To avoid this delay, please purchase your zoo membership/camp registration over the phone or at Zoo Admissions.

Registration available now! Click here to register!

Click here to download our Safari Camp Parent Guide

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