Animals After Dark Group Overnight – Forests

As the sun sets and the stars come out, the forest changes…Our new overnight program at the Minnesota Zoo is all about the amazing animals of the northern forests, from Minnesota to Alaska, as dusk turns to nightfall. What happens between dusk and dawn, at the Zoo and in the wild? During our packed program, you and your group will get to see our enormous grizzly bears up close, prepare a special treat for them, and talk to zoo keepers. You’ll walk the Minnesota Trail after hours to see our wolves, coyotes, and more; work on activities and challenges to learn more about life after dark and at dawn; and learn more about life at the 48th parallel. This overnight is epic!

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday night and ends at 9 a.m. the following morning. Maximum group size is 30 (children and chaperones). We need a minimum of 20 people for the overnight to take place.

When you book your overnight your group may be combined with other groups of a different gender or age. Please let us know if you need special sleeping arrangements and we will do our best to accommodate your group. If you would like the overnight to be exclusive for your group only, you must register a minimum of 25 people.

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September 7, 2018
October 12, 2018
May 10, 2019

Ages: Our group overnights are for youth ages 8-18 plus chaperones (we recommend a ratio of one chaperone per six youth with a minimum of 2 adults per group).

Fees: $49/person (the fee is the same for youth and adults alike).  This includes the program, a snack in the evening* (a slice of pizza and juice), breakfast, a Minnesota Zoo patch (for Scout groups), a special program t-shirt, and admission to the Zoo for the day of or immediately following your program!

*If you have any dietary restrictions (example: gluten free pizza, etc.), please email [email protected] to let us know a minimum of 1 week prior to your program so we can accommodate your needs.

Deposit: Registrants will be required to pay a $250.00 deposit by credit card at the time of registration to secure spots in an overnight date. You are welcome to pay the entire balance at the time of your online registration if you wish. The remaining balance along with your final headcount are due no later than 1 month prior to your overnight.

Where do we sleep?: Depending on the weather, participants will sleep in either the Minnesota Lodge or beside the black bear exhibit! Foam sleeping mats are provided for under your sleeping bags. You can choose to bring your own air mattresses or sleeping mats as well, if you prefer.

To request a specific disability accommodation, please contact the Minnesota Zoo at least two weeks prior to your program at 952-431-9364 (voice), 1-800-627-3529 (TTY), or [email protected]. More information can be found on our Accessibility page.

Cancellation Policy for Group Overnights: Please call the scheduling office at 952-431-9390 with any changes. If your group chooses to cancel, 50% of your deposit will be returned up until two months prior to the overnight. After that time, your deposit and any balance paid becomes 100% non-refundable AND will not go towards any outstanding balance. The Minnesota Zoo reserves the right to cancel any scheduled overnight should circumstances warrant. If this occurs, we will try to reschedule your group. If this is not possible, we will refund your money. All information is subject to change.

Continue your adventure at the Great Clips IMAX TheatreThe IMAX Experience can add to your scout’s day while visiting the Minnesota Zoo. Visit the IMAX website for film updates at  To book your scouts call 952-997-9714 or [email protected].  We offer a “behind the scenes tour” for the Projection Booth for all scout group reservations and IMAX scout patches are available!

Are you a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop looking to meet certain badge requirements? We may be able to work with you to create an overnight program that meets some of your badge requirements. Also, if you are interested in an overnight but don’t see a date that will work for your group, we may be able to work with you to find another date (minimum of 25 people). For more information, please contact [email protected].