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Wildlife Safari is dedicated to our mission of conservation and education, and we hope you will be a part of that mission! Check out all the ways for your student to grow in an appreciation for wildlife and biology below.

Wildlife Safari camps and classes offer hands-on, up-close and personal experiences for the young adventurer in everyone! Learn why native and exotic wildlife are essential to their habitats, how Wildlife Safari is helping to preserve species in the wild, how we keep them fit and entertained when living here at the park, and much, much more!

“No one will protect what they don’t care about;
and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”
Sir David Attenborough

Broadcaster & Naturalist

Overnight Camps

In this fantastic program, you will get to experience the park after hours! The campsite opens at 4:00 where you will have time to set up your tent, eat dinner (not provided) and then start a scavenger hunt through the Village.

You will then have the opportunity to meet animal ambassadors through a hands-on animal encounter. We will then learn all about how we care for the animals at Wildlife Safari through an interactive trivia game and then return to camp for a campfire with s’mores.

In the morning, after a continental breakfast (provided) you will create special treats for our animals which we will then give to them in a unique encounter!

This overnight camping experience is designed for families, groups and clubs. Fall asleep to the sound of crickets and frogs and wake to the awesome sound of roaring lions! You won’t get any closer to a world-wide safari than this!

To inquire further, please contact Wildlife Safari’s education department at education@wildlifesafari.net or by calling 541-679-6761 ex 221.

If you would like to book a private group overnight on an alternate date, we require a minimum of 15 participants.
Frequently Asked Questions on Overnight Camps

What should I bring?

Pack lightly! Please be aware that the evenings and mornings are usually damp and chilly (even in the summer!). Please bring appropriate clothes for these weather conditions. We recommend you bring: tent (unless you’re renting one of ours!), sleeping bag, pillow, jacket or
sweatshirt, long pants, closed-toed shoes, warm socks, warm pajamas, flashlight or headlamp, reusable water bottle, travel mug for coffee, personal items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.). Optional items include: tarp or ground cloth, camera, camping mat or air mattress, cooler, wet wipes or hand sanitizer, sunscreen
DO NOT bring: food for the animals, alcoholic beverages, Styrofoam products, balloons or ribbon, firewood, straws, bicycles, or pets.
For the safety of our animals, please do not bring these items with you. Thank you!

What will I be doing?

Our unique programming offers a scavenger hunt in the walk-thru (aka Village), a private animal presentation, Zookeeper Olympics, a campfire with smores (weather permitting), and a private animal encounter the next morning.

Where do I go when I get there?

Please check-in at Guest Services, located across from the flamingo exhibit in Village. You will be given instructions on parking and unloading at check-in.

Check-in time?

Check-in is anytime between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Programming starts at 6:30pm so leave yourself enough time to set up camp and eat dinner.

Are meals included?

S’mores and a continental breakfast are included but dinner is not. You can bring a picnic, bring your own grill/camp stove to make dinner here, eat before you arrive, or get pizza delivered to your campsite. Our onsite restaurant serves food until 5:00pm.

Are tickets for the Drive-thru included?

Yes! Each family will be given one wristband at check-in. This wristband will serve as your drive-thru ticket. Please make sure the driver of your vehicle is wearing the wristband. We recommend going through drive-thru after morning activities are done.

Can I bring my RV/camper?

We do not have the space available for RVs or campers.

Can I rent sleeping bags or tents? What does the camping space look like?

We rent 4 to 6 person tents for $50 each. We do not rent out any other equipment. The camping spaces are on our special events lawn which is relatively flat with a few trees for cover.

Is there power?

Power is only available for guests with CPAP machines or similar medical needs.

What are the bathrooms like? Are there showers?

There is a porta potty at the camping area. The main bathrooms in the Village are also open all night. They have running water and ample counter space. There are no shower facilities.

Can my child attend without an adult?

No. Wildlife Safari staff are only present to facilitate programs. All children must attend with an adult.

Are there age restrictions?

Overnights are available for all ages. Note that we have different pricing for adults and children. Children 2 & under are free.

Can I get a refund for bad weather or if we have a change of plans?

Refunds will only be issued if Wildlife Safari cancels an overnight. Overnights will only be canceled in extenuating circumstances such as storms, thick wildfire smoke, or power outages. Guests that register for an overnight but do not attend will not receive a refund. These guests may transfer to a different overnight date during the same season at no additional charge.

Spring Break Camps 2023

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Classes

Science not your subject? Looking for a more dynamic science experience for your kids? Let Wildlife Safari’s experienced environmental education staff take over! Our themed monthly classes contain a rich mix of inquiry-based lessons, STEM activities, and animal appearances. Each class ends with a take-home homework assignment that will encourage students to apply what they have just learned.

This three-hour program uses a variety of mini lessons and hands-on activities to introduce students to science concepts. These classes are slightly less structured to encourage students’ natural curiosity. Students will use tools like compare-and-contrast and observation to understand the world around them. Parents are able to attend but must register along with their child. No younger siblings please.

Wildlife Safari camps and classes fill up fast! Don’t delay in getting your student enrolled today. Below, you will find the necessary registration forms for each age group, as well as a schedule of camp dates. For more information, reach out to education@wildlifesafari.net or call 541.679.6761 ex 221

Class: Discovering Wildlife | Ages 4-7

Join the Wildlife Safari education team for classes appropriate for children ages 4-7!

 

Class: Discovering Wildlife Dates:

Growing Up Wild | September 1st 1:00pm - 4:00pm

What do tadpoles, cubs, joeys and owlets have in common? They’re all babies! Spend the afternoon learning how animals change and grow from the time they’re born until they reach adulthood. Join us as we discover how insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals grow!

Neat Feet! | October 6th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Hooves, toes and talons, Oh my! Some animals need flippers to swim, while others use their feet to eat. Let’s learn about all the unique feet-ures that help animals to survive in their habitats!

Nature's Ninjas | November 10th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

What if you could hide from your friends in plain sight? From color-changing camouflagers to mimicking masters, animals have some amazing adaptations to avoid being seen in the wild! Come join us and see how many of nature’s ninjas you can find!

ZOOperheroes! | December 1st 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Faster than a speeding cheetah, stronger than a crash of rhinos… it’s animal ZOOperheroes! Help us identify superhero traits inspired by their wild animal counterparts, then use your knowledge to create your own ultimate superhero. Learn what you can do to become a superhero to animals everywhere!

Class: Exploring Wildlife | Ages 8-11

Join the Wildlife Safari education team for classes appropriate for children ages 8-11!

 

Class: Exploring Wildlife Dates:

Exceptional Ectotherms | September 22nd 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could slither like a snake, shed your skin like a lizard, or chomp like a crocodile? Reptiles come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all play an important role in our planet’s ecosystems. Join us and find out what makes our ectothermic friends so exceptional!

Bio Buddies | October 13th 1:00pm - 4:00pm FULL

Have you ever wondered how wild animals get along? Join us on an adventure through Wildlife Safari to discover the many ways animals interact with each other. Explore complex food webs, symbiotic relationships, and wacky animal friendships!

Operation Conservation! | November 17th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

From the plains of Africa to right here in North America, Wildlife Safari partners with some truly inspiring conservation organizations. Travel the world with us as we explore ways to help animals around the globe and in our own backyards! What can you do to make a difference?

Beneath the Surface | December 22nd 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Hippos splash and play underwater, prairie dogs create entire colonies underground, and fish explore a whole different world under the sea. Discover how animals are adapted for mysterious and complex lives beneath the surface!

Cub Club | Ages 4-7

Join the Wildlife Safari education team for camps appropriate for children ages 4-7!

Wildlife Safari camps and classes fill up fast! Don’t delay in getting your student enrolled today. Below, you will find the necessary registration forms for each age group, as well as a schedule of camp dates. For more information, reach out to education@wildlifesafari.net or call 541.679.6761 ex 221

 

Cub Club Dates:

Catch Me If You Can! | September 17th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Do you think you could catch the world’s fastest critters? Discover what it means to be a predator or prey animal and how they use their adaptations to try to outwit, outrun and hide from each other! Come and explore their wild worlds and help uncover their sneaky, stealthy secrets!

Animal Chatter | October 1st 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Have you ever wondered what a lion was roaring about or what a bird was chirping about? How do animals understand each other in the wild? Join us as we learn all about different species and how they “talk” to each other through smell, body language, sound and so much more!

Bear Necessities | November 12th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

We all need a safe home, healthy food, and clean water to survive and thrive, but do those things look exactly the same for animals? Let’s discover the similarities and differences between your own needs and the needs of wild animals as we break down nature’s “bear necessities”!

Leafy Lunches | December 3rd 1:00pm - 3:00pm

What’s that sound?! It’s one of our noisy neighbor animals having their favorite snack! Just like us, animals have foods that they like and dislike. Meet some of our leaf-eating ambassadors and see what it’s like for them to forage for food everyday!

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