Sleeping Bag Safaris

Sleeping Bag Safaris

Sleeping Bag Safaris 

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.
 
Concerned about attending Overnights at the Zoo? At Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, guest safety is our number one priority. To ensure this, our Campout Staff is performing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our non-vaccinated guests wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing. 
 
 
 
 

Sleeping in a Sea Cave Safari - A New Sea Lion Sleeping Experience!

An Outside Experience

Be one of the first to sleep alongside sea lions in our brand-new Owen Sea Lion Shores exhibit. Get a taste of camping in the Pacific Northwest by setting up tents underneath the rocky tunnel beside our premium underwater sea lion viewing. While this is a covered area, we still consider this an outdoor experience. Campers must provide their own weather appropriate gear (pop-up tents only/no stake tents allowed, sleeping bags, etc.).  The Zoo will provide guided tours (evening & morning), evening snack and free day at the Zoo. Open to families and small groups. Minimum age for this overnight is 6 years old. 
 
Cost is $45.00/per person.  Pre-registration required. Program runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. 
 
 
 

New 2022 Dates:

  • Saturday, March 26
  • Friday, April 22
  • Saturday, June 18
  • Friday, September 2

 

*Require Tents
 
Ask us about reserving a Large Group Camping Experience for your next Scout trip.  A private overnight available for groups of 15-20 maximum in number.  Call 402-738-2092 for more info. 

 

                                  

Cold Weather Camping in Snow Leopard Territory

An Outside Experience

Join us as we pitch a tent and sleep in Asian Highlands near the Snow Leopard exhibit. This overnight is for guests wanting to experience Nebraska weather.  Campers must provide their own weather appropriate gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc - see suggested list below) and breakfast. The Zoo will provide guided tours (evening & morning), evening snack and campfire, free day at the Zoo. Open to families and small groups (especially scouts trying to earn their cold weather badge). Minimum age for this overnight is 6 years old. 
 
Cost is $37.00/per person.  Pre-registration required. Program runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. 
 
**Hot Water provided in the evening for water bottles if needed (hint, hint)! 
 
 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday, November 6*
  • Friday, December 10*

New 2022 Dates:

  • Saturday, February 26*
  • Saturday, March 19*
  • Saturday, November 5*
  • Saturday, December 3*

Reservation 

*Require Tents
 
Ask us about reserving a Large Group Cold Weather Camping Experience for your next Scout trip.  A private overnight available for groups of 20 or more.  Call 402-738-2092 for more info. 

  

Valentine's Day Enrichment               

** Valentine's Day Enrichment from 2/7/20 Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows overnight. 

Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows 

A Family Overnight Safari

Spend the night and help make enrichment packages for the many species at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Guests will be staying in the different facilities around the Zoo and participating in an enrichment workshop. The workshop will explain the philosophy of enrichment and will conclude with a demonstration of enrichment being give out during our morning tour. Cost includes paid admission, overnight stay, special guided tours, evening snack, free day at the Zoo and a special enrichment viewing.  Minimum age for this overnight/workshop is 6 years old.   
 
**Please note that due to recent health restrictions that we are unable to provide breakfast. An evening snack of cookies/chips and a bottle of water will be provided. Guests are welcome to bring their own  coolers with extra food and drink (non-alcoholic) for breakfast.  
 
Cost:  $37.00 - $48.00/per person
Pre-registration required - minimum age 6 years old. 
Program runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.  
 
  • Supply List (Optional to Bring) (currently suspended - supplies will be provided)
  • Merchandise Add-Ons
 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday, November 20 - Happy Turkey Day! (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, December 18 - Happy Holidays! (Harper Event Center)

New 2022 Dates:

  • Saturday, February 12 - Valentines Day at the Zoo! (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, March 12 - Going Green for St. Patrick's Day! (Desert Dome)*
  • Saturday, July 2 - Independence Day (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, November 18 - Happy Turkey Day! (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, December 23 - Happy Holidays! (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
*Require Tents
 
Concerned about attending Overnights at the Zoo?  At Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, guest safety is our number one priority. To ensure this, our Campout Staff is performing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our non-vaccinated guests wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing. 

Make a Reservation 

 

 

Overnight Adventures

 

Family Safaris

Celebrate New Years 2022

Spend the First Night of the New Year at the Zoo with the fishes in the Scott Aquarium! Families are welcome to join us as we celebrate the first day of the year and learn about conservation, sustainability, and what we can do this year to make life here in Nebraska for our wildlife and wildlife across the world have a better habitat. We will also be touring the Zoo at night and having a family fun party to celebrate the first day of the year! Join us on Saturday, January 1, 2022 for this fun overnight event!
 
Cost: $48/person. Minimum age for overnights is 4 years old.
 
*Pre-registration is required. 
 
 
 

Come experience Safari Tent Camping at it's best ... at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium! 

 
Families can stay in real canvas tents with cots, nightstands, and director chairs, with electrical outlets and oscillating fans overlooking the lion’s exhibit. This is a 24/7 outside campsite with a campfire pit where guests can roast marshmallows and enjoy an outdoor movie. Your overnight will include educational programming, overnight stay, Zoo admission, evening snack, morning breakfast, morning hike and a visit from one of our Animal Ambassadors.
 
Tents are reserved per family. Children attending the Family Safaris must be 4 years of age and accompanied by an adult. One adult is required per tent.  Program runs 7 pm to 9 am. 
 
Cost: $100 per person 
 

New 2022 Dates:

  • Friday, May 13
  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, July 2
  • Friday, August 19
  • Friday, September 16
  • Saturday, October 1
 
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, morning hike, and free day at the Zoo. 

         

Family Safaris are inside facility overnights 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 $37.00 - $55.00 per person depending on what facility is being used. Family Safaris includes educational programming, paid admission, overnight stay, and an evening snack. Due to recent health reasons we are unable to provide a breakfast but guests are welcome to bring their own. 

*Please note these overnights are not open to scout groups, youth groups, or groups in general.  See Small Group Campouts for these overnights. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday, November 20 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons, and Bows (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
    • Special enrichment workshop overnight for the holiday - Happy Turkey Day!
  • Saturday, November 27 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, December 4 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, December 11 - Cold Weather Camping (Asian Highlands)* Outside Tent Camping
    • see above for details
  • Saturday, December 18 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons, and Bows (Harper Event Center - Stingrays)
    • Special enrichment workshop overnight for the holiday - Happy Holidays!
 

New 2022 Dates:

  • Saturday, January 1 - Celebration 2022 Safari (Scott Aquarium)
    • Celebrating the New Year Zoo Style. See above for details.
  • Friday, January 7 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium) 
  • Saturday, January 29 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Saturday, February 12 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons, and Bows (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Friday, February 25 - Sleeping Bags and Sharks (Scott Aquarium - Shark Reef)
  • Saturday, March 12 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons, and Bows (Desert Dome)
  • Friday, March 25 - Penguins and Pajamas (Scott Aquarium - Ocean Birds
  • Saturday, April 9 – Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, April 22 – Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Owens Sea Lions)*
  • Saturday, May 21 – Sleeping Bags and Sharks (Scott Aquarium- Shark Reef)
  • Friday, May 27 – Children’s Camping Adventures (CAT)*
  • Friday, June 3 – Penguins and Pajamas (Scott Aquarium – Ocean Birds)
  • Saturday, June 18 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Owens Sea Lions)*
  • Saturday, July 16 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, July 29 – Science and Stingrays (Harper Event Center)
  • Saturday, August 13 – Getting Some Zzzzz’s with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Friday, August 27 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, September 2 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Owens Sea Lions)
  • Saturday, September 17 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, October 1 – Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Friday, October 28 – Ghouls and Glow Safari (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, November 5 – Cold Weather Camping (Asian Highlands)*
  • Friday, November 18 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, December 2 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, December 23 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons, and Bows (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
*Facility requires tents and guests must provide own tents for use. (2-4 person tents suggested - Pop-up only)
♦Additional Cost due to Special program.  
 
 
Concerned about attending Overnights at the Zoo?  At Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, guest safety is our number one priority. To ensure this, our Campout Staff is performing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our non-vaccinated guests wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing. 

 

Make a Reservation

21 and Over Safaris (Ages 21 and older)

Safari Tent Camp 

 

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, gourmet breakfast, morning hike, and free day at the Zoo.
 
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 per person is $120.00. This overnight is for guests 21years old and over only. Single campers pay a minimum two-person tent price. There is a maximum two-person occupancy per tent.
 

New 2022 Dates Coming Soon!

 
 
Concerned about attending Overnights at the Zoo?  At Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, guest safety is our number one priority. To ensure this, our Campout Staff is performing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our non-vaccinated guests wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing. 
 

Reservations

Small Group Safaris (Less than 25 Participants)

Small Group Safaris

Small Group Safaris are overnight programs designed for schools, churches, scouts or summer camps who cannot meet our 20-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.
 
Safaris run from 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. and are costs $35.00 - $45.00 per person.  

Upcoming Safaris:

  • Saturday, November 6 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Saturday, November 13 - Science and Stingrays (Harper Event Center)
  • Friday, December 10 -  Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, December 17 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*

New 2022 Dates:

  • Saturday, January 8 - Getting some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, February 19 - Dreams in the Desert Dome (Desert Dome)*
  • Friday, March 4 - Sleeping Bags and Sharks (Scott Aquarium - Shark Reef)
  • Saturday, March 26 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave Safari (Owen Sea Lion Shores)*
  • Saturday, April 2 – Snoozing Under the Sea Safari (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, May 7 – Getting some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, May 28 – Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Saturday, June 4 – Science and Stingrays (Harper Event Center)*Tents Optional
  • Saturday, June 17 – Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, July 8 - Getting Some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, July 30 – Penguins and Pajamas (Scott Aquarium – Ocean Birds)
  • Saturday, August 6 – Science & Stingrays (Harper Event Center)*Tents Optional
  • Friday, August 26 - Dreams in the Desert Dome (Desert Dome)*
  • Friday, September 2 - Getting Some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, September 24 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, October 14 - Getting Some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Friday, November 4 – Sleeping Bags and Sharks (Scott Aquarium-Shark Reef)
  • Saturday, November 26 – Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, December 10 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
*Denotes Facility requires tents.  Please bring non stakeable tents to overnight. 
♦Denotes Special Fee due to extra event. 
 
Concerned about attending Overnights at the Zoo?  At Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, guest safety is our number one priority. To ensure this, our Campout Staff is performing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our non-vaccinated guests wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing.  

Make a Reservation

Large Group Safaris (25 Participants or More)

 

 

 

 

 

Large Group

Groups of at least 25 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.  
 

Reservation Form

 

Concerned about attending Overnights at the Zoo?  At Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, guest safety is our number one priority. To ensure this, our Campout Staff is performing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our non-vaccinated guests wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing. 

Wildlife Safari Park Campouts

Campouts

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.
 
Campouts at Wildlife Safari Park will start at 7:00 pm to accomodate drivers from Lincoln and Omaha.  Please plan on joining us from 7:00 pm to 9:00 am and enjoying the country air.  
 
The Campout includes educational programming, overnight stay, park admission, evening hike, and morning hike. Due to health guidelines we are currently unable to provide a breakfast. However, guests are allowed to bring food and drink (non-alcoholic) into the park to enjoy. We will be providing the evening snack but please feel free to bring your own breakfast. 
 
We NOW have two locations where guests can spend the night: Base Camp and Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center.  Base Camp has canvas tents on platforms and a firepit for traditional camping.  The Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center has running water and electricity and is close to bathroom for younger campers that are just starting out with staying overnight. Guests that spend the night at the traditional campsite with platform canvas tents will have cots provided but will need to bring their own sleeping grear. All groups are asked to bring their own bedding, flashlights, chairs and bug spray. 
 
Please also note 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 for the Base Camp and a 1:10 ratio is required for the Education center.  All overnights have a minimum of 4 years of age to participate. 
 
Wildlife Safari Park is located off Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 426.
16406  292nd Street
Ashland, NE 68003

 

 

New 2022 Dates Coming Soon!

Campout Guidelines

*Concerned about attending Campouts?  At Wildlife Safari Park, guest safety is our number one priority. To ensure this, Wildlife Safari Park Education Staff is performing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our non-vaccinated guests wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing. Please feel free to contact our Education offices for more information at (402)738-2092 / Camps@omahazoo.com.

 

         

 Private Campouts

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. 

     For more information please contact the Education Department at 402-739-2092 or at Camps@omahazoo.com.

 

    

 

Pre-Campers Campouts

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 4:30 p.m. and concludes and 8:30 p.m. Guests will experience educational programming, paid admission, dinner, night hike, and evening snack. 
 
Cost is $25 per person (children under 1 are free). Adult participation required.

New 2022 Dates Coming Soon!

*Concerned about attending Campouts?  At Wildlife Safari Park, guest safety is our number one priority. To ensure this, Wildlife Safari Park Education Staff is performing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our non-vaccinated guests wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing. Please feel free to contact our Education offices for more information at (402)738-2092 / Camps@omahazoo.com.

 

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