Private Group Overnights

Friday or Saturday Night by Request

Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adults

7:00pm to 10:00am (6:00pm start time if sleeping outside)

Children: $85 each
Adults: $75 each
(higher if sleeping outside)

Important Information

Please inquire with our Reservations Associate for available dates.
All adults and children must register.
Group Size Limits: Minimum 15 / Maximum 100
Adult/Child Ratios: One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
Food Allergies: Food items may contain dairy or nuts.
Program Options

Enrichment: In this overnight guests learn how they can make the lives of Zoo animals, pets, and native wildlife more enriching and fun! You’ll learn all about how biologists design projects to encourage natural behaviors of zoo animals and then take a tour to study them. Then, you will get to make your enrichment craft with your group. In the morning, you then deliver your project to study the effects, and explore how to improve the lives of wildlife in your own backyards before heading home.

Zoo Snoops: It's a mystery; so, put your thinking caps on! Groups will work together using the clues that lead to each animal on our tour. You will learn about each animal we discover along the way from an Oakland Zoo Education Specialist. You may end up behind-the-scenes or face-to-face with an animal to meet and touch!

Birthday Party: Want to celebrate your child's special day in a unique and interesting way? Make gifts for our animals! Begin your overnight party with an interactive program led by one of our Education Specialists, featuring: hands-on activities in one of our classrooms, a fun animal enrichment craft, a live animal presentation and a night tour of our Children’s Zoo. Then gather your friends and family together to eat and sing happy birthday before bed. In the morning, you will get to watch the animals enjoy the treat you made for them, a celebration for you and the animals. Note: cake is not provided.

Girl Scout Badge and Cub Overnights: Would you like an exclusive overnight for your troop, pack or den? Please see Girl Scout or Cub Scout program descriptions on the Overnight Council events form and let us create an intimate and interactive program for your group.

Outside Option

In 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. Outside overnights subject to weather conditions and may need to be moved inside. No refunds can be made due to weather.

Reservation Information
To make a reservation:
Private Group Overnights Request Form
Submit a completed copy via email or fax to (510) 729-7324 at least 30 days in advance.
A $200 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 cancellation fee. If it is 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.
For more information please call (510) 632-9525 ext. 220 or email the Reservations Associate.


P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605