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.

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, breakfast, morning hike, and free day at the Zoo. 

 

 

Family Safari Tent Camping is a outside camping experince 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.  

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, July 10 
  • Saturday, August 1 
  • Saturday, August 22
  • Friday, September 4 

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Family Tent Camping is pitching a tent and staying overnight at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and bringing the WILDS to your family. We will be staying outside near exotic exhibits around the Zoo and experiencing new sights and sounds all night. Family tent camping includes educational programming, paid admission, overnight stay, evening snack, a light breakfast and a visit from one of our experienced docents.

Children must be 4 years of age and accompanied by an adult. For health reasons, we ask that families provide their own tents. Call 402-738-2092 to register or visit our website. *Please note that this is an outside camping adventure.

Upcoming dates: 

  • Friday, July 10 – Grewcock Butterfly Garden

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*Please note that both Family Camping experiences are outside overnight experiences 

 

                                                       

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 $45.00 - $55.00 per person depending on what facility is being used. Family Safaris includes educational programming, paid admission, overnight stay, evening snack, a light breakfast and a visit from one of our experienced docents.

*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, July 24 - Sleeping Bags and Shark Safari (Shark Reef)
  • Friday, July 31 - Penguins and Pajamas Safari (Ocean Birds)
  • Friday, August 7 - Lounging in the Lodge (African Lodge)
  • Saturday, August 15 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, September 12 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, September 18 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Saturday, October 3 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, October 17 - Overnight and Orangs (Hubbard Oranguatan Forest)
  • Saturday, October 24 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows  - Enrichment for the Holidays
  • Saturday, November 14 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Friday, November 20 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, December 5 - Slumber in the Jungle (Lied Jungle)*
  • Saturday, December 12 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, December 18 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows  - Enrichment for the Holidays
  • Wednesday, December 30 - Noon Year's Eve Safari - Snoozing Under the Sea

*Facility requires tents and guests must provide own tents for use.  

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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, breakfast, morning hike, free day at the Zoo and special volunteer experience.

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 is per person is $120.00. This overnight is for guest 21years old and over only. Single campers pay a minimum two-person tent price. There is a maximum two-person occupancy per tent.

2020 Dates:

  • Saturday, July 18
  • Friday, July 24
  • Saturday, August 8
  • Friday, August 15
  • Friday, August 28
  • Friday, September 11
  • Saturday, September 19
  • Friday, September 25

Grown-Up Safari Guidelines

Merchandise and Add-Ons

Reservations

Small Group Safaris (Less than 20 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, July 17 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Friday, July 31 - Sleeping Bags and Sharks (Shark Reef) 
  • Saturday, August 1 - Penguins & Pajamas (Ocean Birds)
  • Saturday, August 14 -  Lounging in the Lodge (African Lodge) 
  • Saturday, August 21 - Sleeping Bags and Sharks (Shark Reef)
  • Saturday, August 29 - Penguins and Pajamas (Ocean Birds)
  • Saturday, September 12 - Slumber in the Jungle (Lied Jungle)*
  • Saturday, September 19 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, October 2 - Overnight with Orangs - (Hubbard Orangutan Forest)
  • Friday, October 23 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, November 13 -  Overnight with Orangs - (Hubbard Orangutan Forest)
  • Saturday, November 21 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, December 4 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Saturday, December 19 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)

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

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Large Group Safaris (20 Participants or More)

Schools, church groups, scouts, summer camps, families can reserve a private safari date year-round. (Minimum numbers have been dropped to 15 for the summer instead of our normal 25). 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.

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. 
 
Overnight experience includes:
  • Zoo Guided Tour
  • Evening Snack
  • Morning Breakfast
  • Zoo Admission
  • Overnight Stay
  • and an Experinence not soon forgotten!

Reservation Form

Large Group

Groups of 20+  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.

**New for 2020 - Times have changed!  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 that drinking fountains are closed due to health restrictions so please bring extra water bottles during your visit.  

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

 

 

 

         

 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.

Upcoming Dates:
  • Saturday, July 25 - Fireflies and Moths!
  • Saturday, August 29 - Bat Conservation
  • Saturday, September 19 - It's Owl Good at the Campsite!

 

Registration