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Spend the Night at the Zoo
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 North American Prairie theme. We will be talking about things found in Kansas’ backyard. We would like to thank our friends at Papa John's for sponsoring these great overnights!
All campouts take place on select Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 5:30 p.m. All campers need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights. The adventure includes dinner, a guided tour, activities, an animal encounter, a flashlight tour 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.
Apr 11 Sat
Apr 24 Fri
May 9 Sat
May 22 Fri
Jun 27 Sat - National Backyard Campout
Sep 4 Fri
Sep 19 Sat
Oct 3 Sat
So, you're looking for an exciting activity for your scout, church or school group — but you don't want to mess with camping equipment. We've got just what you need. How about spending the night at the Zoo? You can set up camp inside Cargill Learning Center where you have all the comforts of home yet room for the whole group to spread out. You can invite the gorillas to your next sleepover and camp inside our Researchers Tent in The Downing Gorilla Forest. Another option is to add the outdoor element back into your sleepover, yet keep a roof over your head as you sleep under the cover of the North American Prairie Overlook. Or you can choose to sleep inside the Slawson Family Tiger Trek, the newest addition to the Zoo!
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 a guided tour, games, an animal encounter, a flashlight tour 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 latecomers or those wishing to leave early.
Are you a scout leader? Ask about specialized scout overnights!
Fees are $25 per person.
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. Please be advised that during evening hours, there is no guarantee you will see some of the animals.
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
Hours of Operation
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 12, 2015 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).