Scout Workshops and Overnight Programs

The Oakland Zoo offers a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on programs for scout groups of all ages. Come for the day or spend the night. Either way you will have fun exploring the Zoo, observing the animals, participating in hands-on activities and earning a patch/badge.

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Cub Scout Workshops

Gather up your pack or den and head on down to the Oakland Zoo for a day full of fun and adventure! Through touring the Zoo, exploring Knowland Park, learning about animals, and taking part in fun activities and projects, you'll complete most or all of the items necessary to earn your adventure. Each scout will also receive an Oakland Zoo Patch for participating in our workshop.

Cub Scout Overnights

Grab your sleeping bags and pillows and join us for an amazing night at the Zoo! These large group overnights are designed to accommodate several Cub Scout dens or one large pack. Explore the Zoo on a private evening tour, enjoy a light snack, participate in activities centered around your theme, and meet one of our education animals up-close. Wake up in the morning and head back into the Zoo before the public arrives and observe the animals as they start their days. It’s a night your group will never forget!

Girl Scout Workshops

Gather up your troop and head on down to the Oakland Zoo for a day full of fun and adventure! Earn your patch/badge, play games, explore the Zoo on a guided tour, learn about animals, and design and create a fun craft. Explore the plant and animal kingdoms and learn about local and global wildlife. Whichever type of workshop you choose, you're sure to have a blast at the Oakland Zoo.

Girl Scout Overnights

Grab your sleeping bags and pillows and join us for an amazing night at the Zoo! Meet girls from other troops, play games, explore the Zoo on a private evening tour, meet an Education animal up-close, participate in fun hands-on activities, and earn a patch/badge. Wake in the morning and head back into the Zoo before the public arrives and observe the animals as they wake. It's a night your troop will never forget!

Girl Scout Animal Care Workshops

In these two-session workshops led by an Education Specialist, older Girl Scouts learn how they can make the lives of Zoo animals, pets, and native wildlife more enriching and fun! In the first workshop, you’ll learn all about how biologists and animal keepers design projects to encourage natural behaviors of zoo animals and then take a tour to study how our animals behave here at Oakland Zoo. After deciding on an approved project, you will head home to make your enrichment with your troop. You then come back to the Zoo and deliver your project to its happy animal recipient and observe its very illuminating and entertaining reactions! Before heading home, you’ll explore how to improve the lives of wildlife in your own backyards (or living room).

Family Activities

School Programs

Community & Group Programs

Birthday Parties

Community Group Overnights

Conservation ZooMobile

Creek & Habitat Restoration

Lectures

Library ZooMobile

Programs for Seniors

Scout Workshops & Overnights

Special Tours

Wildlife Assembly

Wildlife Trivia Night

Parent’s Night Out

Teen Programs

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