Programs & Day Camps

Programs and Day Camps

Play, explore and discover the great outdoors of Nebraska by going on one of our many adventures! Please contact the Education Department at (402) 738-2092 for more information. 

Summer Wildlife Ranger Day Camps


Become a wildlife ranger and join us on a North American expedition. Start the excursion travailing from the Zoo to Wildlife Safari Park.  Learn about animal conservation and gain field work experience. End the day by winding though bison plains and then head back to the Zoo. Campers will meet at the Zoo and be transferred to Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland, Neb. via bus. Camp starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per camp (unless otherwise noted) for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and Wildlife Safari Park members and $90 for nonmembers. For ages 9-11 (unless otherwise noted) and occur rain or shine. 

2019 Dates

  • Wednesday, June 12 - Conservation (9-11 yrs. old)
  • Thursday, July 18 - My Backyard (9-11 yrs. old)
  • Wednesday, July 24 - Jr. Keeper (12-14 yrs.old)  *Cost $85 members/ $90 nonmembers


Family Safari Explorers

Discover and practice adventurous outdoor skills, such as beginning camping, nature photography, citizen science, nature art and astronomy. 

These two-hour classes cost $10 for Wildlife Safari Park members and $13 for non-members. Open to all ages. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Supplies are provided with the exception of cameras. 

Pre-registration is required. Offered to ages 4 or older unless noted otherwise. 



National Nature Photography Day - Family Photography: Bring out your cameras and join our professional photographer as we wander around the park and experience nature in Nebraska!

  • Saturday, June 15    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bumblebee Watch - a Citizen Science Project: Families can learn how important bumblebees (and bees in general) are to Nebraska and the world. Come walk our prairies, observe our bees, experience data collection and learn what you can do in your own backyards to help bees.  

This Citizen Science program will introduce The Great Sunflower Project as a way that anyone can help bees in their own backyards.  

  • Saturday, June 15    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Margaritas & Monarchs - Citizen Science Project for Adults 21 years & older 

Join us for the 21 and over Citizen Science Workshop to learn about Monarch Butterflies and their importance to Nebraska and the United States.  We'll learn about their migration while we sip on Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas or other ice cold brewskies.  

Cost is $15 per person.  21 years old and over admitted only.  Cost includes admission to event and two drink tickets.  Additional drinks available for an additional cost.  This is an outside event and will be located in the Walking Prairie near our Visitor's Center at Wildlife Safari Park.

  • Thursday. June 20    7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 


Art on the Prairie - Sketching & Journaling: With pencil and journal in hand, we will uncover the peace and tranquility that the outdoors offers and create a stronger connection to the natural world.  

  • Sunday, June 23    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Bugs & Blooms Macro Photography Shoot - Family Photography:  This family photography session will focus on our insect friends and work with how to get up close and personnal with the flowers and plants they love.  

  • Sunday, June 30    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Safari Park - Fantastic Beasts:  

  • Saturday, July 6    1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rise and Shine Early Morning - Adult Only Photography (18 years and older): Grab your coffee and your cameras for early morning photography.  The Wildlife Safari Park will open early for pre-registered photographers that wish to capture the perfect shot during "The Golden Hour".  

  • Saturday, July 13   5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Art on the Plains - Bison Overlook: Sketching, drawing, painting and more overlooking our Bison exhibit.  

  • Sunday, July 14    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Small Animals - Family Photography:  This family photography session will focus on small birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and mammals. Guests will get a chance to enter the park before it opens and experience an early morning hush of the prairie.   

  • Saturday, August 10    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Family Prairie Walk: Put on your walking shoes and join us as we wander around our prairie and show you some wonderful plants and animals that call this magical place their home.  

  • Sunday, August 11    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bring on the Bats!: This special experience will take guests into the park after hours and show ways that bats are benefical to Nebraska and what you can do the help protect them. 

  • Friday, August 16    7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Family Creek Walking: Bring your Wellies and get ready to walk the creek.  Guest can expect to get wet!

  • Saturday, August 24   1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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. All classes are from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at our Education Base Camp near Wolf Woods and our Pawnee Creek Trailhead Parking Lot. Pre-registration and payment of $13 per child per session is required. An adult must accompany the participant. The registration cost covers one adult and one child. Prices reflect the discount member rate. 

2019 Dates

  • June 12 - Backyard Blossoms
  • July 10 - Amazing Amphibians
  • August 14 - Who Has Been Here?  (Tracks and Scat)
  • September 11 - Marvelous Mammals
  • October 9 - Beneficial Bats