School Group Overnights

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!


Important Information

Age Requirements: For children ages 6-12.
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 adult - $50.00 per child. All adults and children 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.


Program Options

First Grade: Listening With Our Feet?!
CSS1: Life Sciences 2:a,d; NGSS2: 1-LS1-1, LS1.D
Play the "Same or Different Game Show" and test how well your human senses work in the classroom. But, do all animals have the same senses we do? Do they use them like we do? Do they use the same body parts? Is there really an animal that can hear with its feet?! Together we'll go out into the Zoo to see how animals use their bodies and various senses to survive in the wild.

Second Grade: Why Do Animals Look Like That?
CSS1: Life Sciences 2:a,c,d; NGSS2: K-LS1-1, LS4.D
Why do baboons have such bright red tushies? Why do elephants need such a long trunk? Why do chimpanzee feet look like hands? Join us as we explore the world of animal adaptations and how each habitat affects the animals that live there.

Third Grade: Tweet, Text or Scent Mark
CSS1: Life Sciences 3:a; NGSS2: 3-LS2-1, LS2.D; 3-LS3-2, LS3.A
Ever wonder how giraffes talk to each other? How do elephants know to meet their friends at the water hole? Explore the many ways that animals communicate with each other using sound, visual signals, scent and so much more.

Fourth Grade: What's Eating You?
CSS1: Life Sciences 2:a,b,c; NGSS2: 4-LS1-1, LS1.A
Everybody is somebody's lunch in the wild, and all animals are specially adapted to make the most of the food in their ecosystems. So how does a lion's nose help it to hunt, while a zebra's nose helps it to hide? And why do goats have feet like Spiderman? Let's explore how the body structures of animals, like skulls, feet and beaks- determine who eats whom.

Fifth Grade: Poop Snoops
CSS: Life Sciences 2:a,c,d; NGSS2: 5-LS2-1, LS2.A, LS2.B
Believe it or not, animal poop is a fascinating gateway to learning about animal digestion. Discover the many ways we can learn about animals from their scat and how animal digestion, the resulting feces, and a wide variety of decomposers keep the world's food web alive and healthy.


Reservation Information

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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