Programs & Day Camps

Wildlife Safari Park Education Programs and Day Camps

Play, explore and discover the great outdoors of Nebraska by going on one of our many education adventures! Our mission is to support the visitor's experience by promoting live viewing, educational activites, and conservation programs surrounding native animals, and enhancing public appreciation for and actions on behalf of wildlife and wild places. 
 
Lee G. Simmon's Wildlife Safari Park is an Association of Zoos and Aquarium-accredited institution and Omaha STEM approved.  Please contact the Education Department at (402) 738-2092 for more information. 
 

                                                                                             

 

Summer Day Camps

This year we would like to share the Wildlife Safari Park with our campers through Summer Day Camps! Our Camps are designed by trained education professionals who bring many years of experience, along with a dedicated passion for providing a unique STEM learning environment for your camper. Summer 2023 is loaded with interactive educational experiences, tours, animal encounters, and more. Campers must fall within their age groups by the first day of camp. Sack lunch and refillable water bottle are required. Camps run five days a week from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Parents will be required to transport their camper to the Lee Simons Wildlife Safari Park

$260 members ($265 non-members)

Calling all paleontologists! Join us for a week of Jurassic fun! Campers will dig for fossils and will create their very own dinosaur!
June 12 – Digging dinosaurs 6-8y
June 19 – Modern day Dinosaurs 9-11y

6-8y Art in Nature Adventure Camp
June 26 - Join us for a week of creativity as we create art mediums out of nature!

6-8y Insect adventure Camp
July 17 - This week campers will collect insects, create their own insects, and learn all about the value of insects in a variety of eco systems.

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Family Adventures

Join us for a Family Adventure! Go outside to explore the Nebraska Ecosystem at the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park. Discover wildlife, connect with families and create new memories. The classes are planned for families with children ages 3-9.

New Adventures for 2022 Coming Soon!

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Adult Photography

Saturday, April 1, 2023 – Flock & Focus on Sandhill Cranes Photography Class (18 yrs. and up)
 
Can’t get enough of Sandhill Cranes? Been to Western Nebraska and saw and heard all 600,000 migratory birds as they flew across the Great Plains? Want More? The Wildlife Safari Park has Sandhill Cranes in residence year-round that can provide photographers with the best opportunities for candid photos without thousands of people moving into your field of view. Educational staff will be on hand to answer conservation questions and talk about ways to improve sustainability in your area.
 
Cost: $35 per person
Date: April 1, 7:00 am – 9:00 am
*Bring your coffee, tea or hot chocolate and enjoy the brisk morning on the prairie.
 
 
 

Saturday, April 23, 2023 – Predators on the Prairie (18 yrs. and up)
 
Get early access to the Wildlife Safari Park to join Professional Photographer Mike Benkis for a morning of Predators on the Prairie. Bring your coffee, tea or hot chocolate and enjoy the quiet sounds as we watch the behavior of the bobcats, foxes, and wolves. Plus learn about their conservation as well as some camera techniques from Mike. Class is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.
 
Cost: $35 per person
Date: April 23, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
*Bring your coffee, tea or hot chocolate and enjoy the brisk morning on the prairie.
 
 

Saturday, October 21, 2023 – Sunrise Elk (18 yrs. and up)
 
Watch the Elk as they meander across the plains and bugle in the early morning hours at the Wildlife Safari Park. Join Professional Photographer Mike Benkis for a morning of sunrise and Elk above Ashland, Nebraska's rolling landscape. Bring your coffee, tea or hot chocolate and enjoy the quiet sounds as we watch the behavior of the herd and learn about their conservation as well as some camera techniques from Mike. Class is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.
 
Cost: $35 per person
Date: October 21, 7:00 am to 9:00 am 
*Bring your coffee, tea or hot chocolate and enjoy the brisk morning on the prairie.
 

E.L.K. Klub

Nurture your young child's love for wildlife and the great outdoors with Wildlife Safari Park's newest Early Learning Kids Klub (E.L.K. Klub). The E.L.K. Klub uses the Park as a classroom to encourage young children ages 3 to 4 years old to investigate, play, and learn about Nebraska native wildlife through hands-on activities and exploration.
 
Programs are for children ages 3-4 years old. Classes are held on one Saturday each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at our Darrald Harsh Education Center near Wolf Woods and Pawnee Creek Trailhead Parking Lot. Pre-registration and payment of $13 for members or $15 for non-members is required. The registration cost covers one adult and one child, and an adult must accompany the child.
 
2023 Dates
May 6 and May 10 – Spring is the Air – Flowers and Plants
June 3 and 7 – Dancing Dragonflies
July 1 and 5 – Free as a Bird – Eagles
August 5 and 9 – Buzzin Bees
September 2 and 6 – Oh Deer! – Antlers and Horns
October 7 and 11 – Howling with Wolves
 

Night Watch

Due to funds from the Watchable Wildlife Grant, through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Wildlife Safari Park is proud to present a special aspect of nocturnal wildlife education to all our Education programs. During your some of Education programs, Education instructors will be inserting Night Watch Education Program activities for all to enjoy. We might be creek walking, night viewing, or tracking white-tailed deer. Our trail camera will be recording species that visit our creek so that we can playback recordings and look at all the migratory animal in our area. Join us for this unique program and discover Nebraska at Night.

 
 

Pop-up Classes

Come join us as we discover and practice adventurous outdoor skills or be creative with paints, pencils, and clay in the Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center at the Pawnee Creek Trailhead. Pop-up classes will take place during normal business hours. Classes will take place at random and cost as low as $2 per person to cover supplies. Be sure to check the bulletin board as you drive through the area for any classes being offered the day you're here. All ages are welcome. Youth must be accompanied by adults. No registration is required. Just POP in for a fun time!