Group Overnight

As the Zoo closes for the day, Discovery Bay is still alive with activity! This popular overnight program at the Minnesota Zoo will take you and your group “below the surface,” as you explore the mysteries of ocean life, from monk seals to sharks to sea turtles. During our packed program, you’ll get to visit cool places behind-the-scenes, meet a zookeeper or aquarist, and touch sharks and sea stars. Through exciting games and hands-on activities, you’ll learn all about these marine animals and their watery world. Experience the Zoo as you never have before, and fall asleep as sharks go swimming by!

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday night and ends at 9 a.m. the following morning. Maximum group size is 60 (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 45 people.

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Dates:
October 6, 2017
November 3, 2017
December 8, 2017
January 26, 2018
February 23, 2018
May 25, 2018
June 29, 2018

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: $47/person (the fee is the same for youth and adults alike). $49/person starting January 1, 2018. 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!

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?: We will sleep in Discovery Bay! 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.

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 www.imax.com/minnesota.  To book your scouts call 952-997-9714 or cpurfeerst@imax.com.  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 if you have a large group (minimum of 25 people for Forests and Farm, minimum of 45 people for Oceans). For more information, please contact educate@mnzoo.org.