Safari Summer Kid's Camp

Get the kids out of the house and into the wild! At Camp Nyika kids become skilled naturalists with a week's exploration of the back country of Safari West. Campers hike the outer trails in search of birds, bugs, and reptiles under the warm summer sun. Along the way they enjoy activities and games designed to keep their mind engaged with the wild world around them. Each day campers will dive into the biology of Safari West and learn to guide their own adventures under the mentorship of our dedicated counselor naturalist staff. Conditions are expected to be warm and dusty, and most of the plants will be in bloom, meaning pollen and allergens will linger in the air.

New for summer 2020 is photography! Campers are encouraged to bring a camera to photograph the wilds of Safari West. The counselor naturalist staff will assist in learning to capture the moment, and photos will be featured in a virtual online art gallery.

Safari West Animal Foundation Camp Nyika

At Sonoma County's wildest science discovery day camp, your child steps into the safari guide role to experience the Sonoma Serengeti! Each weekly session provides five full days of wildlife learning and adventure exploring the Safari West Wildlife Preserve. This camp is a surefire way to awaken the inner naturalist in your child as discover wild creatures both native and exotic and get to know the great outdoors. Alongside a week's worth of activities, each camper also receives a backpack, keepsake mask, daily journal, and hand sanitizer bottle.

Please email a completed application and health form to Tori Goff at tgoff@safariwest.com.

Camp Nyika 2020 features six weeklong sessions to choose from!

  • 6/29-7/3
  • 7/6-7/10
  • 7/13-717
  • 7/20-7/24
  • 7/27-7/31
  • 8/3-8/7
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What age groups are served by the Safari Summer Kid's Camp? 

Camp Nyika is open to children aged 9-12. The 2020 camp curriculum is based on the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), African Field Guides Association (AFGA) and California State and Federal NGSS standards.

Is this an overnight camp?

No, Camp Nyika is a day camp. Each session feature five days of fun and adventure beginning the week of June 29th and concluding the week of August 3rd.

Camp hours are from 9 AM - 3 PM.

Will food be provided?

To best accommodate individual dietary needs, campers will need to bring their own snacks and lunch. The on-site deli is available to purchase sandwiches. Bottled water will be provided to all campers.

Will my child get to touch the animals?

No. Camp Nyika is built around appreciating wildlife and approaching the world as a safari guide naturalist would. While campers will be around wildlife, they will not handle animals.

What is the Cost?

$380 a week per camper. Please note that each weekly slot features the same camp format.

Reservations require a credit card, and the full camp cost will be charged at the time of booking.

Direct line (707) 566-3606
tgoff@safariwest.com

Itinerary

All camp sessions take place from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday of the session week. 

Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of camp and be on hand to pick up your child no later than 3:30 pm

Pick Up

Camp ends at 3 pm every day. Please be on time to as your camper will be excited to tell you about the day's activities.

Drop Off

Campers may be dropped off at the Camp Nyika site beginning at 8:30am.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, camp staff will greet campers at their vehicles to facilitate daily check-in/out. Parents may not approach the camp site.

Bring

To maximize your child's Camp Nyika experience, please make sure they're properly equipped for adventure!

Comfortable Clothes and Sturdy Walking Shoes - We recommend comfortable earth-toned clothes. Campers will be outside all day, so plan for clothes that you don’t mind getting some trail dirt on! Even in the summer months, Sonoma County mornings can be chilly. Consider layering. Close-toed shoes are required as Safari West features dirt and gravel pathways. As a safety precaution, campers without closed-toed shoes will not be allowed to participate until such shoes are obtained.

Face Mask – While it is not required that campers wear face masks at all times, it may become necessary to wear them where social distancing procedures cannot be maintained. This is in accordance with Sonoma County Health Order Amendment 3 Section 5 Sub-Section 3.

Backpack or Field Bag - A small backpack (optional to the provided bag) to hold gear is a great idea as campers will often be out in the wilds of Safari West.

Water Bottle – To comply with SoCo Ammendment 3, we will provide several single use water bottles to each camper each day.

Sunscreen and Insect Repellent - Campers can expect to be outside all day. Sunscreen is a great idea to repel the rays of the sun and keep skin healthy! Camp Nyika will be operating at a point in the year when insects (such as mosquitos) won’t be prevalent, however, insect repellent may be a good idea.

Lunch and Trail Snacks - To best accommodate individual dietary needs, campers will need to bring their own snacks and lunch.

Bottled water will be provided to all campers.

Inclusions

Each registration includes a reservation to one session of the Camp Nyika Summer Camp. Also included are a backpack, keepsake mask, daily journal, and hand sanitizer bottle, and any crafts made during the week.

Each weekly session provides five full days of wildlife learning and adventure as campers explore the wilds of Safari West Wildlife Preserve. This camp is a surefire way to awaken the inner naturalist in your child as their warm summer days are spent tracking wildlife, hiking back trails, identifying flora and fauna, and learning to become in-tune with the wild world around them.

Exclusions

Does not include lunch. Please pack a lunch for your camper. Delilah’s Deli onsite is available to purchase sandwiches if this is more convenient.

Completing the Registration Process

Please note that on the first day of camp we need to have 30-45 minutes on the first day that parent/legal guardian meet with Safari West Wildlife Foundation (SWWF) staff to get the following information, while Teachers/Counselors get to know the kids

  • Release form
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Any ongoing medical issues and allergies
  • Photo Release

You can expect to hear from us in the weeks leading up to the first day of camp. In the meantime, feel free to contact Tori Goff at (707) 566-3606 or 1 (800) 616-2695 ext 106 or at tgoff@safariwest.com with any questions.

See you this summer at Safari West!

Please email a completed application and health form to Tori Goff at tgoff@safariwest.com.