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Overnight Adventures

See the zoo in a new light and have a fun-filled, nocturnal learning adventure! Come to the zoo after hours and enjoy a variety of activities – Get an up-close look at an animal demonstration, enjoy hands-on activities, visit nocturnal animals that are usually sleeping during the daylight hours and even make a little something for the animals to eat the following morning. Pack up your sleeping bags and camp out in the Chimp Day Room or in the bomas of the lion exhibit. Programs run from 6:45pm – 9am the following morning. Activities, evening snack, breakfast, a souvenir and admission to the zoo following the overnight are included in the program costs.
We offer a variety of Overnight Adventure programs for scout or community groups or individual family groups. Find a program below that matches your needs and join us for an overnight adventure at the zoo!

Group and Scout Overnights

Want a fun way to earn your badges? Come after hours to the zoo and do activities to help earn your badge while learning about animals and zoo operations! These programs are available to scout and community groups of 12-40 individuals. Available scout badge programs include:
Brownie Try-It Badges: Animals, Eco Explorer, Outdoor Adventurer, Ready, Set, Go Camping!, Water Everywhere
Junior Activity Badges: Camp Together, Earth Connections, Outdoor Fun, Pet Care, Plants and Animals, Wildlife, Your Outdoor Surroundings, Water Wonders
Cub Scout Achievements: Your Living World (Wolf), Let’s Go Outdoors (Tiger), Sharing Your World with Wildlife (Bear)

If you don’t see a badge you’re looking for it might be possible to customize a program for your group. Give us a call to find out more at (616) 336-4301 x1001

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Youth Overnights

In conjunction with our Zoo Camp day programs we also offer overnight adventures to individual youth in grades 3-8. These programs are typically on Friday or Saturday nights throughout the summer. They start at 5:30pm and end at 9:00am the following morning. Enjoy activities including games, keeper talks, night tours, live animal demonstrations and more. Evening snack and breakfast are included. Two adults supervise a group of up to 18 students for each program.

You can download a copy of our Brochure here to learn about this year' programs.

Our SummerZoo Camp page will provide all the details for you as well.