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Spend the Night at the Zoo

If you're looking for an exciting activity for your scout, church, school group or family, but you don't want to mess with camping equipment, we've got exactly what you need. How about spending the night at the Zoo? You can invite the gorillas or tigers to your next sleepover and stay inside our Researchers Tent in The Downing Gorilla Forest* or the Slawson Family Tiger Trek. Another option is to add the outdoor element into your sleepover, yet keep a roof over your head, as you sleep under the cover of the North American Prairie Overlook. You can stay inside the Cargill Learning Center where you have all the comforts of home yet room for the whole group to spread out.

Participants need to bring a sack dinner, sleeping bag and overnight gear. Our overnight adventure starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Cargill Learning Center and the evening will include guided tours, an education experience, a fun craft, an animal encounter, and a bedtime snack. The next morning, the journey concludes with juice and a hike through the Zoo.

All participants should plan to attend the entire event, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. We are unable to accommodate those arriving late or those wishing to leave early.

Fees are $25 per person regardless of membership status. There is a minimum of 15 participants. However, for bookings under 30 people, we reserve the right to combine groups similar in age and gender. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due at booking; the remainder will be paid on the night of your event.

Please be advised that during evening hours, there is no guarantee you will see some of the animals.

Choose your sleeping area:
Slawson Family Tiger Trek (maximum of 30 guests)
The Downing Gorilla Forest*(maximum of 60 guests)
North American Prairie Overlook
Cargill Learning Center

*Please note that the Downing Gorilla Forest building contains latex.

To schedule your Nocturnal Adventure, contact the education department at 266-8213 a minimum of two weeks in advance. Dates are limited, so call now!


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Creature Campouts

Join us for an overnight outdoor adventure! Each year's theme is different for these exciting camping experiences. This year we will be camping with a Frog Watch theme.

All campouts take place on select Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 5:30 p.m. All campers need to bring their own tents and sleeping bags. The adventure includes dinner, a guided tour, activities, an animal encounter, and a bedtime snack. We will be around when the rest of the Zoo is closed, so we will see who might be awake! In the morning, the adventure continues with continental breakfast and a 9:30 a.m. tram ride.

Participants should plan to attend the entire event, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. We are unable to accommodate latecomers or those wishing to leave early.

We welcome individuals, families, and friends to attend the Creature Campout. All participants must be at least five years old at the time of the campout. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $30 per person for members and $35 per person for nonmembers.  We must have your payment at the time of registration to reserve your place. We can accept credit card payment at the time of your call, or you can come in person to register and pay by cash.

Creature Campout shirts will be available for $10, plus tax, each for those that camp out with us.

Space is limited, so register now for one of these Creature Campout nights! For more information please call the Education Department at 266-8213.

Dinner provided by:  

Upcoming 2017 Creature Campout Dates:

  • Apr 14 Fri - Frog Watch
  • Apr 22 Sat - Frog Watch - Happy Earth Day
  • May 19 Fri - Frog Watch
  • Jun 24 Sat - Frog Watch - Great American Backyard Campout
  • Jul 21 Fri - Frog Watch - Indoor Campout
  • Sep 16 Sat - Frog Watch
  • Oct 6 Fri - Frog Watch
  • Dec 30 Sat - Frog Watch - Indoor Campout

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Cargill Learning Center:   Overnights at the Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 9, 2017 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).