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Summer Safari

Students completing K – 8th grades can experience the amazing world of animals this year at Alexandria Zoo’s Summer Safari!

These weekly themed camps are an exciting opportunity for kids to dive into the natural world in a safe, hands-on environment.

Students of all abilities and learning styles can enjoy a fun, action-packed week where they will go on adventures through the zoo, encounter animals up close, visit with zookeepers, meet new friends, play games, and express their creativity.

Summer Safari class

FOTAZ Members

Fee per Class: $130

The Parent/Guardian/Grandparent listed on the form must match the name listed on the FOTAZ Membership to qualify for the discount, and FOTAZ membership status is checked.


Fee per Class: $150

Summer Safari class

Cancellations & Rescheduling

  • Over Two (2) Weeks Prior to Your Class: $20 Cancellation Fee
  • Two (2) Weeks Prior to Your Class: No refund will be issued since the spot has been reserved for you and it may not be filled.
  • Rescheduling requests are determined by availability.

Please Note

  • Forms accepted online, by mail, or dropped off. No phone registrations.
  • All classes are based on GRADE COMPLETED this spring.

Registration through Brightwheel

This year's Summer Safari registration is through a new service called Brightwheel. Once you complete registration online, you will receive an invoice for payment within 24-48 hours.

Open camp spots are filled based on order of received applications and you will not miss out on a camp spot due to this change in invoicing timeline.

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Registration Opens

FOTAZ Member: Monday, April 22
Non-Member: Wednesday, May 1

Printable Schedule

Class Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions


Scholarship Application


June 3 - 7

Wildlife Engineer
Completed 1st & 2nd
9 am - noon

Designing an animal can be as easy 1, 2, 3! Join us as we explore what makes animal groups unique and design our own animals.

Completed 3rd & 4th
9 am - noon

Why reinvent the wheel!? Explore nature’s amazing adaptations and how humans have copied these wonderful designs.

June 10 - 14

Wildly Different
Completed 1st & 2nd
9 am - noon

Lions and jaguars and bobcats, oh my! The animal world is made up of similar, but wonderfully diverse critters, help us sort out what makes animals unique.

All Tied Up
Completed 5th & 6th
9 am - noon

Grab on and try to untangle the knotted world of food webs. Will we straighten out the knot or discover something more complex?

June 17 - 21

Mornin' Sunshine
Completed Kindergarten
9 am - noon

From helping plants to grow to keeping us warm, we’ll shine a light on the important role the sun plays for our planet.

Draw-n to Nature
Completed 5th & 6th
9 am - noon

Doodle, build, sketch, or photograph; no matter your interest you can use your art to inspire others. Join us as we explore different ways artist have inspired conservation action through their creations.

June 24 - 28

Jurassic Zoo
Completed 1st & 2nd
9 am - noon

Did you know that “roar” in dinosaur means fun? Camp days will be full of fun as we discover the amazing animals that once called our planet home.

Completed 3rd & 4th
9 am - noon

Fascinated by the weird? Obsessed with the slimy? Then this camp is for you! Join us as we explore the wonderfully weird that nature has to offer.

July 8 - 12

Water, Water, Everywhere!
Completed 1st & 2nd
9 am - noon

From droplets to oceans, water is a powerful feature of our planet. We’ll dive into its wonders and explore the wildlife that calls it home.

Ecosystem Explorer
Completed 3rd & 4th
9 am - noon

Ecosystems are complex features of our planet; we need someone who is ready for adventure and not afraid of a challenge to help discover more. Are you our next Ecosystem Explorer?

July 15 - 19

Wild for Story Time
Completed Kindergarten
9 am - noon

Stories will come alive as we connect the characters to their real life counterparts in nature and at the Zoo.

Jr. Zookeeper
Completed 7th & 8th
9 am - noon

Do you have what it takes to be a Zoo Keeper? We’ll explore all aspects, the fun and the dirty, of caring for wildlife during this hands-on week of camp.