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. Additionally, all Zoo Education Employees will be wearing masks through your stay. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our 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. Number of guests are limited to ensure social distancing in sleeping facilities so reserve your spot today. If you have more questions please see Healthy You, Healthy Zoo
 
 
 
 

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, June 11
  • Friday, July 30
  • Saturday, August 14
  • Friday, September 17

 

*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. 

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.  
 
 
Upcoming Overnight Dates:
  • Saturday, June 19 - Dad's are Great! (Sleeping Bags & Sharks / Scott Aquarium - Shark Reef)
  • Saturday, October 30 - Happy Halloween! (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, November 20 - Happy Turkey Day! (Snoozing Under the Sea / Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, December 18 - Happy Holidays! (Harper Event Center)
*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. Additionally, all Zoo Education Employees will be wearing masks through your stay. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our 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. Number of guests are limited to ensure social distancing in sleeping facilities so reserve your spot today. If you have more questions please see Healthy You, Healthy Zoo

 

Make a Reservation 

 

 

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.  
 
Sleeping Bag Safari Guidelines
Family Safari Tent Camping Guidelines

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, July 2
  • Saturday, July 24
  • Friday, August 6
  • Friday, September 3
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. Additionally, all Zoo Education Employees will be wearing masks through your stay. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our 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. Number of guests are limited to ensure social distancing in sleeping facilities so reserve your spot today. If you have more questions please see Healthy You, Healthy Zoo

 

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, June 11 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Owen's Sea Lions)*
  • Saturday, June 19 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons and Bows (Scott Aquarium - Shark Reef)♦
  • Saturday, June 26 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, July 2 - Family Safari Tent Camp (Safari Tent Camp)♦
  • Saturday, July 3 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons and Bows (Children's Adventure Trails)*♦
  • Friday, July 9 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Friday, July 23 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, July 24 -Family Safari Tent Camp (Safari Tent Camp)♦
  • Friday, July 30 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Owen's Sea Lions)*
  • Friday, August 6 - Family Safari Tent Camp (Safari Tent Camp)♦
  • Saturday, August 14 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Owen's Sea Lions)*
  • Saturday, August 21 - Science and Sting Rays (Harper Event Center)
  • Friday, August 27 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Friday, September 3 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, September 3 - Family Safari Tent Camp (Safari Tent Camp)♦
  • Friday, September 17 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Owen's Sea Lions)*
*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. Additionally, all Zoo Education Employees will be wearing masks through your stay. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our 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. Number of guests are limited to ensure social distancing in sleeping facilities so reserve your spot today. If you have more questions please see Healthy You, Healthy Zoo

 

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:
  • Saturday, June 12
  • Saturday, June 19
  • Saturday, June 26
  • Friday, July 9
  • Saturday, July 17
  • Saturday, July 31
  • Friday, August 13
  • Friday, August 20
  • Saturday, August 28
  • Friday, September 17
  • Saturday, September 25
  • Friday, October 1
  • Saturday, October 9
  • 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. Additionally, all Zoo Education Employees will be wearing masks through your stay. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our 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. Number of guests are limited to ensure social distancing in sleeping facilities so reserve your spot today. If you have more questions please see Healthy You, Healthy Zoo
 

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:

  • Friday, June 11 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, June 18 - Overnights with Orangutans (Hubbard Orangutan Forest)
  • Saturday, July 3 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, July 16 - Getting Some Zzzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, August 7 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, August 20 - Overnights with Orangutans (Hubbard Orangutan Forest)
  • Saturday, August 28 - Yeti Base Camp Safari (Asian Highlands)*
  • Saturday, September 18 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Friday, September 24 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)

*Denotes Facility requires tents.  Please bring non stakeable tents to overnight. 

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. Additionally, all Zoo Education Employees will be wearing masks through your stay. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our 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. Number of guests are limited to ensure social distancing in sleeping facilities so reserve your spot today. If you have more questions please see Healthy You, Healthy Zoo

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. Additionally, all Zoo Education Employees will be wearing masks through your stay. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our 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. Number of guests are limited to ensure social distancing in sleeping facilities so reserve your spot today. If you have more questions please see Healthy You, Healthy Zoo

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 an evening snack or breakfast. However, guests are allowed to bring food and drink (non-alcoholic) into the park to enjoy. Please feel free to bring marshmallows and s'more condiments to make the ulitimate evening snack! Guests will spend the night at the campsite with platform canvas tents and cots. 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 and 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, June 12 - Croakers in the Creek
  • Saturday, July 10 - Nocturnal Insects  (Fireflies and Moths)
  • Saturday, July 24 - BioBlitz Campout
  • Friday, August 6 - Perseids Meteor Shower - Night #1
  • Saturday, August 7 - Perseids Meteor Shower - Night #2
  • Thursday, August 12 - Perseids Meteor Shower - Peak Night
  • Saturday, August 14 - All About Bears
  • Friday, August 27 - Howling with the Wolves
  • Friday, September 10 - Sounds of Fall
  • Saturday, September 25 - Monarch Migration
  • Saturday, October 2 - Bat Conservation
  • Saturday, October 16 - Howl-O-Ween Safari Campout (cost $60 per person include event)

 

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. Additionally, all Park employees will be wearing masks through your stay. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our 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.  Number of guests are limited to ensure social distancing in class settings so reserve your spot today. 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, June 26  (Stars and Constellations)
  • Saturday, July 17   (Who's Making All Those Sounds?  - Frogs and Toads)
  • Saturday, August 21  (Nocturnal Animals) 
  • 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. Additionally, all Park employees will be wearing masks through your stay. To help encourage a fun and safe environment we ask that our 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.  Number of guests are limited to ensure social distancing in class settings so reserve your spot today. Please feel free to contact our Education offices for more information at (402)738-2092 / Camps@omahazoo.com.

 

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