Animals After Dark Group Overnight – Oceans

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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September 11, 2020
November 20, 2020
December 11, 2020

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 pizza snack 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?: 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.

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.

Are you a Boy Scout or Girl Scout group 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 [email protected].