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. We will also be conducting a brief health check prior to your overnight stay to make sure that all our guests feel safe and healthy. 
 
 
 
 

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. 
 
 
 
Upcoming Dates:
  • Friday, September 17
  • Saturday, October 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. 

Overnight Adventures

 

Family Safaris

 
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 Safari Tent Camping is a outside camping experience 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.  
 
**Please note that due to recent health restrictions that we are unable to provide s'mores for the campfire or breakfast. An evening snack of cookies/chips and a bottle of water will be provided. Guests are welcome to bring their own marshmallows to roast by campfire and welcome to bring coolers with extra food and drink (non-alcoholic) for breakfast.  
 
 

Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, October 9
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. We will also be conducting a brief health check prior to your overnight stay to make sure that all our guests feel safe and healthy.  

 

Make a Reservation

 

         

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

  • Friday, September 17 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Owen's Sea Lions)*
  • Saturday, October 9 - Family Safari Tent Camp (Safari Tent Camp)♦
  • Saturday, October 30 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons, and Bows (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
    • Special enrichment workshop overnight for the holiday - Happy Halloween!
  • Saturday, November 6 - Cold Weather Camping (Asian Highlands)* Outside Tent Camping
    • see above for details
  • 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!
  • Thursday, December 30 - Noon Year's Eve Safari (Harper Event Center)
*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. We will also be conducting a brief health check prior to your overnight stay to make sure that all our guests feel safe and healthy. 

 

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.
 
Upcoming Dates:
  • Friday, September 17
  • Saturday, September 25
  • Friday, October 1
  • Saturday, October 16
 
 
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. We will also be conducting a brief health check prior to your overnight stay to make sure that all our guests feel safe and healthy. 
 

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, September 18 - Getting some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Friday, September 24 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, October 2 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Sea Lions)*
  • Saturday, October 9 - Getting some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, October 23 - Ghouls and Glow Safari (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • 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)*
*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. We will also be conducting a brief health check prior to your overnight stay to make sure that all our guests feel safe and healthy. 

Make a Reservation

Large Group Safaris (25 Participants or More)

Schools, church groups, scouts, summer camps, families can reserve a private safari date year-round. Overnights include educational programming, paid admission, overnight stay and evening snack. Children must be 4 years of age and accompanied by an adult. For health reasons, we ask that groups provide their own tents. Choose from multiple packages for a unique and memorable experience. Call 402-738-2092 for information and to register.
 
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. We will also be conducting a brief health check prior to your overnight stay to make sure that all our guests feel safe and healthy.  

Current Available Options:

 

Safari Tent Camp

Let us provide the tents! Canvas tents on wooden platforms with cots, chairs, and other amenities just like you were on a real safari! Located in our African Grasslands near our Lion overlook. 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 15 person minimum at the campsite. 
 
*Available May through September
 
Overnight experience includes:
  • Zoo Guided Tour
  • Evening Snack
  • Zoo Admission
  • Overnight Stay
  • and an Experinence not soon forgotten!

Reservation Form

Large Group

Groups of 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

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

 

 

Upcoming Family Campouts:
  • Saturday, October 2 - Bat Conservation
  • Saturday, October 16 - Howl-O-Ween Safari Campout (cost $60 per person include event)
  • Friday, November 5 - Cold Weather / Fall Campout (Darrald Harsh Ed Building or Bring Your Own Tent) 

 

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. We will also be conducting a brief health check prior to class to make sure that all our guests feel safe and healthy. 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 2021 Dates!

  • Saturday, September 18  (Having a Howling Good Time at the Campsite!  - Wolves)
 
*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. We will also be conducting a brief health check prior to class to make sure that all our guests feel safe and healthy. Please feel free to contact our Education offices for more information at (402)738-2092 / Camps@omahazoo.com.

 

Registration