Bring your family or group to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a WILD time! Sleeping Bag Safaris are available year-round. Children must be at least 4 years old, and 1 adult is required to attend with every 10 youth. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. All safaris run 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted. See below for more information.
This special overnight is geared toward novice and semi-experienced photographers. Guests will be allowed to walk the Zoo grounds and photograph plants and animals during the twilight hours. This is a self-guided tour that will include only the outside exhibits with experienced Safari Guides in place to answer questions. A Professional Photographer will be on hand in the evening to critique your photos and give some pointers on catching the perfect shot. Participants will then spend the night in the Wild Kingdom Pavilion and wake in the morning to continue their photography experience. Evening snacks will be provided along with a morning coffee/tea bar with pastries. Guests are asked to bring their own coffee mugs to help practice "green" living.
The Wild Kingdom Pavilion facility houses small animal exhibits and ample floor space for guests to spend the night. Please note that you are welcome to bring a cot, sleeping bag pad, or blow up mattress along with your own bedding to make yourself more comfortable. This is an all-weather Safari so come prepared for rain or shine.
Cost per person is $80.00 which includes your overnight stay, evening snack, Safari Guides, morning coffee/tea bar, free day at the zoo, and professional photographer. This overnight is for adults 18 and over or teens with adult supervision.
Family Sleeping Bag Safaris are overnight programs where guests spend the night at the Zoo to experience exhibits after-hours. Program include educational programs, paid admission, overnight stay, evening hike, conservation games, evening snack, movie, breakfast, morning hike, free day at the Zoo and animal visit.
Family Safaris are limited to family groups and have a minimum ages of four years to participate. Both programs run from 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. and cost are $45.00 - $48.00 per person depending on what facility is being used. Please note these overnights are not open to scout groups, youth groups, or groups in general. See Small Group Campouts for these overnights.
Family Tent Camp Safaris are a outside camping experince at our tent grounds near the lion exhibit. Tents include cots, an electrical outlet, nightstand with lantern, area rug, dining table, two director chairs and oscillating fan. Guests must bring their own bedding and comfortable shoes for walking. Cost is $100.00 per person with a two person minimum per tent.
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A movement that allows the general public the ability to join in and assist on research projects with professional scientists. The Zoo has many projects that we would like to introduce and show families how they can help nature in their own backyards.
These special overnights will consist of project explorations and observations related to each research mission. The event will start at 7:00 pm with a quick orientation and background, and then guests and families will be allowed to practice their knowledge along with qualified researchers. An evening snack, free day at the zoo, overnight stay, breakfast, and supplies will be included with this overnight. Event will conclude at 9:00 am.
Guests must be 4 years old or older to attend and one adult is required to attend per 10 youth. Cost is $55 per person.
Monarch Tagging: Every year, Monarch butterflies migrate through Nebraska on their way to their winter homes in Mexico. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, through Monarch Watch and the Univeristy of Kansas, has tagged Monarchs from more that four years.
At this overnight, guest will help tag monarchs, collected vital information on each butterfly tagged and learn why this data is so important to the species.
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Sleeping Bag Safari Merchandise
This family program focuses on families of all ages. We will discover what spending the night at the Zoo is all about without actually spending the night. Geared towards the beginner campers and young explorers. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. and concludes and 8:30 p.m. Guests will experience setting up their own tent, story time, dinner, night hike, and evening snack. Participants are welcome to bring their pillows and/or blankets to get the full experience.
Cost is $25 per person (children under 1 are free). Adult participation required.
Pre-Campers Experience Guidelines
Join us for an overnight program where adult guests spend the night at the Zoo's Safari Tent Camp site and experience the exhibits after-hours. Program includes an evening gourmet dinner and drinks, an evening hike, movie, snacks, breakfast, morning hike, free day at the Zoo and animal visit.
Tents include one double cot or two single cots. Each tent is 10' x 12' spacious interior equipped with an electrical outlet, nightstand with lantern, area rug, dining table, two director chairs and oscillating fan. Guests must bring their own bedding and comfortable shoes for walking.
Cost is per person is $120.00. This overnight is for guest 21years old and over only. Single campers pay a minimum two-person tent price. There is a maximum two-person occupancy per tent.
Grown-Up Safari Guidelines
Merchandise and Add-Ons
Small Group Safaris are overnight programs designed for schools, churches, scouts or summer camps who cannot meet our 25-person Large Group Safari minimum. The program includes educational programming, overnight stay, paid admission, and evening snack. Groups will go on a night hike, play conservation games, watch a movie and go on a morning hike. Guests must be 4 years old or older.
Please note that Small Group Safaris combine multiple small groups into one large group for overnights. The facilities are large and have plenty of space to spread out. If your group is looking for a private event then please see our Large Group Safaris that have a minimum of 25 participants.
Safaris run from 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. and are costs $40.00 - $45.00 per person depending on what facility is being used.
Groups of 25 or more can call and arrange a private overnight stay. Schools, churches, scouts, summer camps, families and other groups are welcome to make a reservation year-round. Overnight includes educational programming, paid admission, overnight stay, evening snack, night hike, conservation games, movie and morning hike. Other packages are available with additional amenities for a unique and memorable experience. Cost are per person and by facility (see Packages and Pricing list below) with a minimum age of 4 year old.
Reservations are now OPEN for the 2019 season.
Through a generous grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Nebraska public schools have the opportunity to participate in an overnight at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
To qualify, schools must be outside a 50 mile radius of the Omaha and Lincoln Metropolitan areas. Only Nebraska schools are able to register and availability is on a first come, first served basis.
Sleeping facilities available are all Tier 3 (non-animal) locations:
The grant will fund overnight fees for all students and one adult per 10 students. If more adults wish to attend, the school has the option to pay for the extra adults. No food is provided during these overnights. However, the school may bring in food for an evening snack and morning breakfast with the understanding of maintaining a clean environment.
Start planning your visit and overnight today. Contact the Education Department at 402-738-2092 or Camps@OmahaZoo.com for further questions and to apply. Application will be taken on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability.
Campouts are overnight educational programs where guests spend the night in platform canvas tents and enjoy learning about what happens at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari (Ashland, Nebraska) after dark.
The Campout includes educational programming, overnight stay, park admission, evening hike, evening snack, light breakfast and animal visit. Guests will spend the night at the campsite with platform canvas tents, cots, a rug, nightstand and lantern. Groups are asked to bring their own bedding, flashlights, chairs and bug spray.
Please note that the Wildlife Safari Park allows food and non-alcoholic drinks to be brought into the Park especially during overnights. Groups are welcome to bring coolers and extra supplies as well as their own tents (if they choose). The Wildlife Safari Park practices "Leave No Trace" so please be aware of what you bring in you must pack out.
Cost is $40 per person (unless otherwise noted) with reservations made a minimum of three weeks in advance. One adult per tent is required and a minimum of 4 years of age to participate.
Wildlife Safari Park is located off Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 426.
16406 N. 292 Street
Ashland, NE 68003
Private Campouts are available for schools, churches, boy scouts, girl scouts, summer camps, families and more with a minimum of 15 people and can be reserved for any open date during the Wildlife Safari Park open season (April through October). Guests must be 4 years or older.
This family program focuses on families of all ages. We will discover what spending the night at the Park is all about without actually spending the night. Geared towards the beginner campers and young explorers. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. and concludes and 8:30 p.m. Guests will experience educational programming, paid admission, dinner, night hike, and evening snack.