The adventure begins as your class explores the Zoo in a private evening tour. Afterwards, head inside to enjoy snacks and participate in a fun (and educational) activity. Your tour and activities are based on your chosen theme. Next, meet one of our education animals up close and then head down to our auditorium and turn in for the night. Wake up in the morning, pack up, enjoy a tasty continental breakfast and head back into the Zoo to see the animals as they start their day!
Age Requirements: For Students in 1st to 12th Grade.
Program Time: 6:00pm or 7:00pm (depending on program) to 10:00am the following morning.
Program Dates: These overnights are offered in the spring or fall by reservation.
Program Fee: $50.00 per student/$50 per adult chaperone. All adults and students must register.
Group Size Limits: Minimum 15 / Maximum 100.
Adult/Child Ratios: 1 adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
Food Allergies: Some food items may contain dairy or nuts.
“Happy, Healthy, & Alive!” - Animal Care & Needs
“Ooh, That Smells So Good On My Tongue!” - Animal Senses & Body Parts
“Baby Talk” - Animal Families & Reproduction
“Home is Where the Habitat Is” - Animal Adaptations & Habitats
“Chew On This” - Animal Structures & Survival
“Poop - the Best Gift Ever!” - Animal Digestion, Energy, & Food Webs
School Overnight curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Please see our School Overnight Curriculum Descriptions for program details.
To make a reservation, please download the Overnight Request Form and 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 a $200.00 cancellation fee. If less than 30 days, no refunds will be made.
Please note: In the event that there are less than 15 participants registered 14 days prior to the event date, the event will be canceled. All participants will be re-scheduled where possible, or fully refunded otherwise.
Sleep 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. 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).
For more information please call (510) 632-9525 x220 or email the Education Programs Associate.
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