Spend a summer night at the zoo with one of our Overnight “Ed-Ventures”! Bring your group for an exclusive educational experience including games, crafts, a special animal encounter, and a night hike around the zoo. All participants will enjoy a pizza dinner and a late-night snack before bunking down in our African huts for the night. Groups of 15-30 people are welcome. We ask that all children be at least 6 years old, and that one chaperone be present for each 5 children (under the age of 18).

Sample Evening:

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Check-in/Pizza Dinner
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Topic Exploration
8:00 - 9:30 pm Night Hike
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm Snack/Craft/Get Ready for Bed
10:30 pm - 7:00 am Lights Out!
7:00 am - 8:00 am Wake Up/Breakfast/Game
8:00 am - 9:00 am Tour the Zoo
9:00 am Return to Cars

Caldwell Zoo Overnights are $900 for the first 15 people, and $60 per additional person up to 30 people. This cost includes dinner, a snack, activities, crafts, breakfast, and indoor lodging for the night. Please note, when booking your Overnight you must know the number of attendees and pay for all members of your party up front.

Please be aware that you will be required to transport your own supplies from your car to your lodging. It is recommended to bring only a single backpack or duffel and sleeping bag.

Frequently Asked Questions

Overnights are offered on select evenings during the summer.

Our Overnights take place in our classrooms in the African Huts. While there are not beds available, you will sleep inside on the floor of an air-conditioned building with an attached restroom.

You are welcome to bring a group smaller than 15 people, but be aware that you must still pay the full deposit.

Anyone 6 years or older is welcome to participate in our Overnight "Ed-venture."

Please pack minimally! We request that you bring a single backpack or duffel bag, as you will be required to transport your own luggage from your car to our African Huts. Remember to pack the following items:

  • Comfortable Clothes
  • Closed-toed Shoes
  • Bug Spray
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat/Yoga Mat
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Electronics
  • Weapons
  • Adult Beverages
  • Air Mattresses
  • Pets
  • Toilet Paper
We regularly host participants with allergies and do our best to accommodate their needs. Please make sure to notify your instructor at check-in of specific allergies. We cannot guarantee that our classrooms are nut free. The spaces we will utilize during our program are also used by various other groups. Our ambassador animals that are met during programs may also eat nuts as part of their diets. If you let us know at least 2 weeks prior to your Overnight, we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Yes, there are a limited number of power outlets available in the African Huts you may use to charge phones.

Yes, we do have air-conditioning in the Huts where we will be sleeping.

Yes, there is a single occupancy bathroom available in the building that you will be sleeping in.

No, the bathroom in the African Huts does not have showers. We're roughing it!

Yes! Your Overnight reservation covers admission to the zoo the following morning, so you are welcome to stick around as long as you like.

No, due to space constraints, we cannot accommodate more than 30 people in a single night. If your group is larger than 30 people, please consider reserving two nights.

If you know that any member of your party is unable to stay for the entire program, please let us know at least 2 weeks in advance, so we may plan to accommodate escorting you out of the zoo. Anybody who leaves early will still have to pay the full cost of the Overnight.

No, due to space constraints, we ask that you refrain from bringing air mattresses. You are welcome to bring a small sleeping mat or yoga mat to make the floor more comfortable, but air mattresses quickly take up too much floor space.

No, there is not time allotted during the Overnight to visit the gift shop. You are welcome to head to the gift shop after the completion of your tour the following morning.
Reservations are only valid for the date booked. Overnights are non-refundable; however the program can be rescheduled when possible (as long as the request is made two weeks in advance of the date of the program). All Overnights are subject to availability. Be sure to read overnight information thoroughly. Caldwell Zoo has the right to cancel these programs at any time without prior notice for full refund. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the start of program. Due to the nature of the Overnight program, late participants cannot be accommodated and your reservation will be forfeited with no refund. If you or a member of your party jeopardizes the welfare of an animal or the safety of anyone in the group you can be removed from the program with no refund. All participants must be 6 years old and older. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (21+). Please call 903-593-0121 for more details on limitations. Prices are subject to change without notice.

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