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ZOO OVERNIGHT AND EVENING ADVENTURES

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do we sleep and how much does it cost?
Can we schedule our own private adventure with fewer than 22 people?
Can we add more people?
What animals will we see?
What do we eat and can I bring in food items from outside?
What type of gear do we need to bring?
What is the Cancellation Policy?
Other questions?


Where do we sleep and how much does it cost?

Overnighters will sleep in one of various spaces depending on the program selected or location chosen at the time of registration. Please see below for location descriptions. The price difference only applies for Overnight Adventures.

Please Note: Regardless of your group's location, you will be sleeping on the floor, so we highly recommend sleeping pads for comfort!

Education Center
2016 Fee: $48 per person
The Education Center, near the South Entrance, is the building where Overnight Adventures have traditionally been held. It offers comfortable economy accommodations and allows for up to 80 people to sleep in two large rooms under the same roof.

Zoomazium
2016 Fee: $53 per person
Our program space in Zoomazium, near the zoo's West Entrance, offers the vibrant environment of an indoor nature play space and can accommodate larger groups in a single sleeping space (up to 90 people). There are limited facilities inside the building, however large groups typically utilize restrooms in nearby buildings as needed.

North Picnic Shelter
2016 Fee: $58
The North Picnic Shelter, located near the carousel, provides a wooded setting within the zoo in which to set up an overnight tent camp. A covered area with picnic tables is available for meeting and dining space and participants sleep in their own tents rain or shine. Group restroom facilities are located nearby and shelter space can accomodate tents for up to 75 people.

Education Tents
2016 Fee: $58
Our two large Education Tents, located near the West Entrance behind Zoomazium, feature solid floors and waterproof canvas sides. The two tents combined can accommodate up to 35 people.

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Can we schedule our own private adventure with fewer than 22 people?

Any group can schedule their own private adventure for the equivalent of 22 paid registrants (including both adults and children).  This means that if your group has only 16 participants but you pay the equivalent for 22 participants (the minimum number for a Large Group Adventure), you may still schedule your own private adventure with a smaller number of people.

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Can we add more people?

If you are attending a overnight Small Group or Scout Adventure , you can add more people as long as there are spaces available via online registration.  You can also call the Group Registrar at 206.548.2424 to check space availability.

If you are part of a Large Group Adventure, you must contact the Group Registrar at 206.548.2424 if your numbers go over your original estimates or after final payment to ensure we have enough staff available to accomodate your group.

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What animals will we see?

You will tour most exhibit areas of the zoo as part of your adventure. There's no guarantee, however, on what we'll see while prowling on zoo grounds. As in the wild, animals may choose to remain hidden, or may be off exhibit for a number of reasons including noise level, weather and temperature. As a result, every Zoo Adventure is unique in the animals that are observed on any given day. But if your group remains calm and quiet while touring grounds, there's a greater chance you'll see lots of fantastic wild animals. And during our exciting animal encounter, you will meet one of the zoo's small resident reptiles, such as a snake, tortoise or lizard. Animals available at the animal encounter are not guaranteed.

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What do we eat and can I bring in food items from outside?

A pizza dinner with beverage will be provided for all evening and overnight participants. Overnight participants will also enjoy a light breakfast of cereal, fruit, juice and coffee. 

Please feel free to bring your own snacks to enjoy before bedtime. Special diets are the responsibility of individual program attendees.  Please note: breakfast selection may change without notice as we seek new options.

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What type of gear do we need to bring?

Please don’t bring more than you can carry, but binoculars and cameras are always a good idea! 

All Participants Should Bring:

  • Clothing for inclement weather (our adventure takes you outside - rain, shine or even snow) 

  • Camera to capture special memories (ask Instructors where flash photos are permitted)

  • Good walking shoes  

  • In Addition, all Overnighters Should Bring:

  • Sleeping bag, pillow, and sleeping pad (please note you will be sleeping on the floor)

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste & other personal toiletries

  • Pajamas or other comfortable sleeping clothes

  • A flashlight (for use after lights-out to find restrooms if needed. Where necessary we will provide your group with special red-lens flashlights)

Participants sleeping at the North Picnic Shelter:

  • Tent with rainfly

  • Appropriate layers for evening program and sleeping outdoors

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What is the Cancellation Policy?

For all groups: a minimum of three (3) weeks notice of cancellation is required for a credit or refund. Three (3) weeks notice is also required for a change of program dates.

Woodland Park Zoo reserves the right to cancel a program for any reason, including insufficient enrollment or weather.  Should this occur, a refund or credit will be issued.

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Other questions?

A Survival Packet containing all this information and more will be sent to you upon registration.  Please feel free to contact the Zoo Adventures Registrar with other questions at 206.548.2424 x 4 or send an email to classes@zoo.org.

Please note that although we make every effort to ensure our participants are fully informed and know what to expect of overnight adventure schedules and activities, all program details are subject to change without notice.

 

 

Large Groups

Small Groups

Scout Groups


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Contact

If you cannot find the answers to your questions or need additional help please contact the Group Registrar at 206.548.2424 x2 or by email.