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.

LEAP INTO Cold Weather Camping in Snow Leopard Territory

An Outside Experience  -  February 29, 2020

Join us as we pitch a tent and sleep in Asian Highlands near the Snow Leopard exhibit on Leap Day 2020. This overnight is for experienced cold weather campers or those looking to experience cold weather camping.  Campers must provide their own weather appropriate gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc - see suggested list below). The Zoo will provide guided tours (evening & morning), evening snack and campfire, breakfast, free day at the Zoo, and special keeper talk. Minimum age for this overnight is 6 years old. 
 
Cost is $48.00/per person.
Pre-registration required. 
Program runs from 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 to 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2020
Hot Chocolate provided in the evening and Hot Oatmeal in the Morning!

Make a Reservation 

*Ask us about reserving a Large Group Cold Weather Camping Experience for your next Scout trip. 
A private overnight available for groups of 25 or more. 
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 - Enrichment for the Holidays

A Family Overnight Safari

Spend the night and help make holiday packages for the animals of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Guests will be staying in the Wild Kingdom Pavilion and helping to make packages and enrichment items for the Zoo's many species of animals. Cost includes include paid admission, overnight stay, special guided tours, evening snack, breakfast, free day at the Zoo and a zookeeper talk. Guests will participate in an evening enrichment workshop and learn about the zoo's philosophy behind enrichment. During the workshop we will make holiday gifts and packages for the animals and in the morning, during our scheduled keeper talk, we will get to see some of those gifts given out.  Minimum age for this overnight/workshop is 6 years old.  
 
Cost:  $45.00/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, March 14, 2020 - St. Patrick's Day means Green!
  • Saturday, June 27, 2020 - Independence Day = Red, White & Blue!
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 - Happy Halloween!
  • Friday, December 18, 2020 - Presents and Packages Ready for the Wrapping!

 

Make a Reservation 

 

 

 

Other 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, free day at the Zoo and animal visit. 

Family Safaris are 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 - $48.00 per person depending on what facility is being used. (*Exceptions are for Ghouls and Glow which is $64.oo per person and includes admission to event.)  Please note these overnights are not open to scout groups, youth groups, or groups in general.  See Small Group Campouts for these overnights. 

Family Tent Camp Safaris are 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

  • Saturday, February 29 - Cold Weather Camping (Snow Leopard Safari - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Saturday, March 14 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows - Enrichment for the Holidays 
    • A Family Overnight that where guests wrap packages for the Zoo's animals (Wild Kingdom Pavilion) 
  • Friday, March 27 - Slumber in the Jungle (Lied Jungle - Tents Required)
  • Saturday, April 18 - Lounging in the Lodge (African Lodge)
  • Friday, April 24 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome - Tents Required)
  • Saturday, May 2 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Saturday, May 9 - Overnights with Orangutans (Hubbard Orangutan Forest) 
  • Friday, May 15 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome - Tents Required)
  • Saturday, May 23 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Friday, May 29 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, June 6 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Friday, June 19 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Saturday, June 20 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, June 27 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows - Enrichment for the Holidays
    • A Family Overnight that where guests wrap packages for the Zoo's animals (Wild Kingdom Pavilion) 
  • Friday, July 10 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Saturday, July 18 - Slumber in the Jungle (Lied Jungle - Tents Required)
  • Friday, July 24 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, July 25 -Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Saturday, August 1 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Friday, August 7 - Lounging in the Lodge (African Lodge)
  • Saturday, August 15 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, August 22 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Friday, September 4 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Saturday, September 12 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, September 18 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome - Tents Required)
  • Saturday, September 26 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Friday, October 2 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Saturday, October 3 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, October 10 - Family Tent Camp Safari (Safari Tent Camp - Outside Tent Camping)
  • Saturday, October 17 - Ghouls and Glow Overnight with Orangutans (Hubbard Orangutan Forest)
    • Cost is $64/person and includes admission to Ghouls and Glow event.
  • Saturday, October 24 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows - Enrichment for the Holidays
    • A Family Overnight that where guests wrap packages for the Zoo's animals (Lied Jungle) 
  • Saturday, November 14 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome - Tents Required)
  • Friday, November 20 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, December 5 - Slumber in the Jungle (Lied Jungle - Tents Required)
  • Saturday, December 12 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, December 18 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows - Enrichment for the Holidays
    • A Family Overnight that where guests wrap packages for the Zoo's animals (Wild Kingdom Pavilion) 
  • Wednesday, December 30 - "Noon Year's Eve" Safari (Scott Aquarium)
    • Spend the night at the Zoo and then stay and ring in 2021 early (at Noon 12/31/20).  Event is specially made for everyone who doesn't want to stay up late to celebrate!

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

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, May 16
  • Saturday, May 30
  • Friday, June 5
  • Saturday, June 13
  • Saturday, June 20
  • Saturday, June 27
  • Saturday, July 11
  • Friday, July 24
  • Friday, July 31
  • Saturday, August 8
  • Friday, August 14
  • Friday, August 28
  • Saturday, September 19
  • Friday, September 25
  • Saturday, October 3
  • Friday, October 9
  • Saturday, October 17

 

Grown-Up Safari Guidelines

Merchandise and Add-Ons

Reservations

Small Group Safaris (Less than 25 Participants)

Small Group Safaris are overnight programs designed for schools, churches, scouts or summer camps who cannot meet our 25-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.

Please note that Small Group Safaris combine multiple small groups into one large group for overnights. The facilities are large and have plenty of space to spread out. If your group is looking for a private event then please see our Large Group Safaris that have a minimum of 25 participants.  

Safaris run from 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. and are costs $40.00 - $50.00 per person depending on what facility is being used.  

NEW in 2020 for Small Groups are Bronze Packages.  Small groups are now being offered breakfast with our Bronze Package options only available on pre-assigned overnights that indicate "Bronze".  Breakfast includes a bowl of cereal, a piece of fruit, a pre-package muffin with milk, juice and coffee.  

 

Upcoming Safaris:

  • Friday, March 6 - Overnights and Orangutans (Hubbard Orangutan Forest)
  • Saturday, March 21 - Waking on the Wild Side Bronze (Wild Kingdom Pavilion)
    • **Bronze indicates Breakfast and lanyard included for all participants.
  • Friday, April 3 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome - Tents Required)
  • Saturday, April 25 - Waking on the Wild Side Bronze (Wild Kingdom Pavilion)
    • **Bronze indicates Breakfast and lanyard included for all participants.
  • Saturday, May 16 - Lounging in the Lodge (African Lodge)
  • Saturday, May 30 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, June 13 - Penguins and Pajamas (Scott Aquarium - Ocean Birds)
  • Friday, June 26 - Waking on the Wild Side Bronze (Wild Kingdom Pavilion)
    • **Bronze indicates Breakfast and lanyard included for all participants.
  • Saturday, July 11 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, July 17 - Overnights and Orangutans (Hubbard Orangutan Forest)
  • Saturday, August 1 - Waking on the Wild Side Bronze (Wild Kingdom Pavilion)
    • **Bronze indicates Breakfast and lanyard included for all participants.
  • Friday, August 21 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, August 29 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome - Tents Required)
  • Saturday, September 12 - Slumber in the Jungle (Lied Jungle - Tents Required)
  • Saturday, September 19 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, October 2 - Ghouls & Glow  Small Group Safari  (Hubbard Orangutan Forest)
    • Cost includes admission to Ghouls and Glow event
  • Saturday, October 10 - Ghouls & Glow Small Group Safari (Scott Aquarium)
    • Cost includes admission to Ghouls and Glow event
  • Friday, October 23 - Ghouls & Glow Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
    • Cost includes admission to Ghouls and Glow event
  • Friday, November 13 - Overnights with Orangutans Safari (Hubbard Orangutan Forest)
  • Saturday, November 21 - Snoozing Under the Sea Safari (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, December 4 - Dreams in the Desert Safari (Desert Dome - Tents Required)
  • Saturday, December 19 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)

 

Make a Reservation

Large Group Safaris (25 Participants or More)

Groups of 25 or more 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.  

Reservations will OPEN January 1, 2020 for the 2020 Season!  

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, evening snack, light breakfast and animal visit. Guests will spend the night at the campsite with platform canvas tents, cots, a rug, nightstand and lantern. Groups are asked to bring their own bedding, flashlights, chairs and bug spray. 

Please note that the 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 / Small Group 2020 Campouts: 

  • Saturday, April 25 - Frog Watch USA Campout
  • Friday, May 15 - Birds in Nature Campout
  • Friday, June 12 - Frogs and Toads on the Trail Campout
  • Saturday, July 18 - Wildlife Safari Park Bioblitz 2020 Campout
  • Friday, August 7 - Perseids Meteor Shower Campout Night #1
  • Saturday, August 8 - Perseids Meteor Shower Campout Night #2
  • Tuesday, August 11 - Perseids Meteor Shower Campout Peak Night
  • Saturday, September 26 - Bat Conservation Campout
  • Friday, October 2 - Wolf Pack Campout
  • Friday, October 16 - Howl-O-Ween Safari Campout
    • Campout Includes event tickets (Dinner, snack and overnight)

Registration

 

         

 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. 

Registrations are NOW OPEN for 2020 Campout Season!     

     

Registration  

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 2020 Dates:

  • Saturday, May 30 - It's Owl Good at the Campsite!
  • Saturday, June 20 - Frog Calls and Toad Songs
  • Saturday, July 25 - Fireflies and Moths - Oh My!
  • Saturday, August 29 - Bring on the Bats! - Bat Conservation

Registration