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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

Grossology: Ages 4-7

 

March 27th – 28th 

9:00am – 2:00pm 

Slimy, stinky and sticky! Animals are capable of making even the bravest of us squirm! But all the ick they produce is often crucial for their survival and helpful for the environment! Join us for two days of grossology fun where we will explore animals with unique ways of repelling predators and keeping their habitat healthy!

Grossology: Ages 8-11

 

March 29th – 30th 

9:00am – 2:00pm 

Slimy, stinky and sticky! Animals are capable of making even the bravest of us squirm! But all the ick they produce is often crucial for their survival and helpful for the environment! Join us for two days of grossology fun where we will explore animals with unique ways of repelling predators and keeping their habitat healthy!

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

Discovering Wildlife | Ages 4-7

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

 

Class: Discovering Wildlife Dates:

Sleeping ’till

Spring

January 12th, 1:00 – 4:00pm 

Don’t wake me up until it’s warm! With longer nights and shorter days, many species find themselves drifting off into a months-long slumber while it’s cold outside. Join us as we explore the animals here at the safari that sleep all winter long and the different ways they prepare!

Creature

Competitors

February 9th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Get ready to become a fierce competitor! Learn about animals’ extreme survival strategies, how they compete for resources, and the challenges they face. Then use that same knowledge to complete your own challenges. Let the games begin!

Cool

Climbers

March 9th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

The treetops and mountainsides are home to many animals that climb their way to the top! Opposable thumbs, sticky feet, or strong toes all help different animals grip and grab their way to major heights! Join us as we explore what it takes to be the world’s most skilled climbers!

Let’s Go

Team!

April 6th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Imagine living with dozens or hundreds of brothers, sisters, and friends! It could be really hard to get everyone to agree on what to do and when to do it. In this class, we’ll learn all about how animals that live in groups figure out how to function and work together to survive!

Exploring Wildlife | Ages 8-11

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

 

Class: Exploring Wildlife Dates:

Habitat

Heroes!

January 19th, 1:00 – 4:00pm 

Everyone has a role to play in their habitats, but some have bigger shoes to fill than others! The way some animals build their houses, what they eat, or even where they poop can majorly affect the other species they share a home with! Join us as we learn all about Keystone Species and their crucial role in the wild!

Looking for

Love

February 16th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

There’s something in the air and it smells like love! To find a mate it’ll take fancy colors, extravagant dances, or maybe some special songs to select the perfect partner! Come with us as we learn about the different strategies species use to find romance in the animal kingdom!

Radical

Raptors 

March 23rd, 1:00 – 4:00pm

It’s a hawk! It’s an eagle! Its…It’s…a vulture? Birds of prey are masters of the hunt, but do you know the difference between a hawk and a falcon or why some owls have yellow eyes and others don’t? Explore the fabulous world of raptors with us as we learn all about how to tell these aerial hunters apart!

Zooperstitions

 

April 20th, 1:00 – 4:00pm

We’re going on a hunt for Bigfoot and Banshees!…Or at least the animals that inspired these cryptic legends. Did you know dragons, chupacabras, and sphinx’s were all inspired by real life creatures? Join us for this class as we explore the different animals that were origins for superstitions and myths throughout history!

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:

Pawfect

Parents!

January 7th, 1:00 – 3:00pm 

Do you think human babies take a lot of care? Well in this class you can learn all about how different animal species care for their babies! From carrying them in their mouths to having the little ones fight it out we will explore what it takes to be a Pawfect Parent in the animal kingdom!

No Backbone?

No Problem!

February 4th, 1:00 – 3:00pm

We stand up tall with the help of all our bones in our body, but what if those bones disappeared? Crunchy and squishy and everything in between, join us as we learn about animals that exist without bones and the cool bodies they have as a result!

Which Nest

is Best? 

March 4th, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Up in the trees or on the side of a cliff? Made of feathers or maybe some sticks? Build your own or perhaps steal someone else’s? Birds of all kinds have to answer these questions in order to create a cozy home for their eggs. In this class we’ll learn all about building nests and see if we can make our own as good as our feathered friends!

Digger’s

Delight!

April 1st, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Underneath our feet there is a whole world full of life! Unique adaptations like sharp claws or no eyes help animals to live in a world without light! Diggers, burrowers, and tunnelers unite for this dynamic class where we’ll talk all about what it takes to break through the soil to live a life underground!

Summer Camps 2023


Join the Wildlife Safari education team for Summer camps appropriate for various ages!


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

 

Session 1:

Animals Around the World

 Get your passport ready for an exciting journey around the world as we explore the extraordinary creatures that call each continent home. How do animal’s adaptations vary in different environments? Let’s find out!

Pint Sized: June 12th – 14th

Discover Camp: June 19th – 22nd 

Adventure Camp: June 26th – 29th

Session 2:

Super Species

P-22 was a wild mountain lion who crossed two Los Angeles highways to make his home at a park in the middle of the busy city. How did he not only learn to coexist in this new environment, but thrive for 10 years? Join us as we discover the champions of the animal kingdom: species with admirable adaptations that have survived against all odds.

Pint Sized: July 10th – 12th

Discover Camp: July 17th – 20th

Adventure Camp: July 24th – 27th

Session 3:

Gotta Save ’em All!

To save them is your real test, and you gotta save them all! Learn about the real Pikachus and Charmanders of the natural world as we train you to understand the power that’s inside of YOU to make a difference!

Pint Sized: Aug 7th – 9th

Discover Camp: Aug 14th – 17th

Adventure Camp: Aug 21st – 24th

Bonus Session:

Who’s Who at the Zoo?

Strap on your boots and gloves and join us for lessons and activities that teach you how our keepers provide delicious meals, cozy homes, and zany entertainment for our animal friends!

Discover Camp: July 3rd – 6th

Adventure Camp: July 31st – Aug 3rd

Pint-Sized Explorer Camp

Ages 3 – 4

Member Price $90

Non-Member Price $100

Discover Camp

Ages 5 – 7

Member Price $160

Non-Member Price $170

Adventure Camp

Ages 8 – 10

Member Price $160

Non-Member Price $170

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