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. 



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!


Adult Photography

Saturday, June 18 - Morning Owl Photography Class (18 yrs. and up)
Get early access to the Wildlife Safari Park to join Professional Photographer Mike Benkis for a morning of owls. Bring your coffee, tea or hot chocolate and enjoy the quiet sounds as we watch their behavior and learn about their conservation as well as some camera techniques from Mike. 
Date: Saturday, June 18  7 am - 9 am
Cost: $35/person    

Other Upcoming Dates: 

  • Saturday, July 16 - Early Bird Photography Classs
  • Friday, August 12 - Night Sky Photography Class *(8 pm to 10 pm)
Cost: $35/person     Adult Classes    7 am - 9 am  *unless otherwise noted
*Perseids Meteor Shower will be in prime view over Nebraska, and we hope to show you how to photograph these spectacular light shows. Join us for a nighttime adventure as we stare up at the night sky in search of these rare beauties. Mike Benkis, our Wildlife Safari Park Photographer, will instruct you on some camera techniques that will work with your set-up. We will also discuss conservation and migration around this unique phenomenon. Registration is limited and required. 

Mike Benkis Photography Gallery Exhibit

May 7 and May 8 at the Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center  

Mike is a Nebraska native that started in Wildlife photography back in 2014 and has had his work published by the Omaha World Herald, Nebraskaland Magazine, Omaha Audubon Society, Nebraska Game and Parks, and various other publications. He has always been passionate about wildlife, especially birds. A clean, bold, dramatic, artistic photographic style has become the hallmark of his work.
Mike will be exhibiting his photography in the Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center for two day; Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th. Come by and see the magic of photography and the wonders of the Wildlife Safari Park as Mike shows how truely magestic these species can be. 
*Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and free with Membership or paid admision.

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.
2022 Dates
April 2nd, May 7th, June 11th, July 9th, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st

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!