Grab your friends and come on down to the Zoo for an amazing evening with the animals! Start your evening with a private guided tour of the Zoo. Afterwards, enjoy a light snack and participate in great activities like zoo-wide scavenger hunts, making animal enrichments or special workshops customized for your group. Next, meet one of our education animals up close, and then head down to our auditorium and settle in for the night. In the morning, wake up, enjoy a tasty continental breakfast, pack up your things, and journey back into the zoo to see the animals as they start their days.
Age Requirements: For children ages 6-18 (also available for adults only).
Program Time: 7:00pm to 10:00am the following morning.
Program Dates: These overnights are offered in the spring and fall by reservation.
Program Fee: $65.00 per adult - $65.00 per child. All adults and children must register.
Group Size Limits: minimum 15 / maximum 100.
Adult/Child Ratios: 1 adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
Food Allergies: Food items may contain dairy or nuts.
Zoo Snoops: It's a mystery. So put your thinking caps on! Groups will work together using the clues that lead to each animal on our tour. You will learn about each animal we discover along the way from an Oakland Zoo Education Specialist. You may end up behind-the-scenes or face-to-face with an animal to meet and touch!
Girl Scout Badge and Cub Overnights: Brownie, Junior, Older Girls badge-earning or Cub overnights can be arranged for your individual troop, pack or den. Please see Girl Scout or Cub Scout program descriptions on the Scout Council Events page.
Custom: Have a different idea? Choose our custom program and work with an Oakland Zoo Education Specialist to create your own overnight adventure. Focus on a particular theme you've studied in school, invite your adult social group , etc. Design it just for you!
Birthday Party: Want to celebrate your child's special day in a unique and interesting way? Make gifts for our animals! Begin your overnight party with an interactive program led by one of our Education Specialists, featuring: hands-on activities in one of our classrooms, a fun animal enrichment craft, a live animal presentation and a night tour of our Children's Zoo. Then gather your friends and family together to eat and sing happy birthday before bed. In the morning, you will get to watch the animals enjoy the treat you made for them, a celebration for you and the animals. Note: Cake and gift bags are not provided.
Enrichment: In this overnight students learn how they can make the lives of Zoo animals, pets, and native wildlife more enriching and fun You'll learn all about how biologists design projects to encourage natural behaviors of zoo animals and then take a tour to study them. After, you will get to make your enrichment craft with your group. In the morning, you then deliver your project to study the effects, and explore how to improve the lives of wildlife in your own backyards before heading home.
Outside Option: During the months of April through September, some of our programs have the option of choosing to sleep in tents in our Zoo Meadow. (Please contact us to see which themes have the options of sleeping outside.) You will arrive an hour early to have time to set up your tents, which you will need to provide. Because of the size of the Meadow this option limits the maximum number of participants to 60 (instead of 100 that we can accommodate inside). Outside overnights are subject to weather conditions and may need to be moved inside. Note: No refunds can be made due to weather.
Adult Group Overnights: Have a group of adults (18 and older) that wouldl like to schedule an overnight? Contact the Education Programs Registrar to discuss program options.
To make a reservation download the BWTB Community Group Request Form. Submit a completed copy via email or fax to (510) 729-7324 at least 30 days in advance.
A $200.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of reservation. Your reservation must be for at least 15 people. Payment is due in full 30 days before your event date or your reservation will be cancelled. Additional participants can be added to your reservation up to 14 days before your event date.
If you cancel more than 31 days before your event date you will be refunded the full amount, minus the $200.00 deposit. We are sorry, but we are unable to give refunds for programs canceled less than 30 days prior to the event.
Please note: Unfortunately, in the event that there are less than 15 participants registered 14 days prior to the event, we will have to cancel the overnight. Participants will be re-scheduled whenever possible, or fully refunded if we are not able to find a date that works for them.
For more information please call (510) 632-9525 x220 or email the Education Programs Registrar.
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