Spend a summer night at the zoo with one of our Overnight “Ed-Ventures”! Bring your group for an 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).

Available: See you next season!

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 $60 per person, with a minimum of 15 people. Your group may be any size between 15 and 30 participants. This cost includes dinner, a snack, activities, a night hike, 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

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.

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
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our Education department at 903-593-0121 ext. 228 or by email at education@caldwellzoo.org.
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