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.

Reservations are currently being accepted for the 2018 Safari Season.  

Don't Miss our Spooktacular Safari - NEW DATE

We've added another date - Saturday, October 27, Safari includes Sleeping Bag Safari Program and Spooktacular event. Night will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Spooktacular event. Guests will “Trick-or-Treat” at event and then meet up with Safari Guides at 8:30 p.m. to start overnight event. The overnight stays will be in the Scott Aquarium – Ocean Birds (Penguins) facility at the zoo. Evening snack and breakfast provided. Cost is $55/person. Click here to register

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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 per person by facility. 

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Pre-Campers Experience

This family program focuses on families of all ages. We will discover what spending the night at the Zoo is all about without actually spending the night. Geared towards the beginner campers and young explorers. Event starts at 5:30 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: 

  • Sunday, September 29
  • Sunday, October 21
  • Saturday, November 10
  • Saturday, December 29

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Pre-Campers Experience Guidelines

Adult Only Safaris (Ages 21 and older)

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. For adults 21 and over only. Single campers pay a minimum two-person tent price. There is a maximum two-person occupancy per tent.

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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 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 are noted by facility.

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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 with a minimum age of 4 year old.  

Reservations are open for the 2018 Safari Season. 

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Safaris

      

Through a generous grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Nebraska public schools have the opportunity to participate in an overnight at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.  

To qualify, schools must be outside a 50 mile radius of the Omaha and Lincoln Metropolitan areas. Only Nebraska schools are able to register and availability is on a first come, first served basis.  

Sleeping facilities available are all Tier 3  (non-animal) locations:

  • Aquarium Conference Center  (120 maximum participants)
  • Lied Jungle Conference Center  (60 maximum participants)  
  • Durham Lodge and Birthday House (30 maximum participants)
  • Robert B. Daugherty Multi-Purpose Classroom (25 maximum participants)

The grant will fund overnight fees for all students and one adult per 10 students.  If more adults wish to attend, the school has the option to pay for the extra adults. No food is provided during these overnights. However, the school may bring in food for an evening snack and morning breakfast with the understanding of maintaining a clean environment.

Reservations for the 2018-2019 school year open August 1, 2018. 

Start planning your visit and overnight today.  Contact the Education Department at 402-738-2092 or Camps@OmahaZoo.com for further questions. 

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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.

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 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 N. 292 Street
Ashland, NE 68003

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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. 

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For more information please contact the Education Department at 402-739-2049 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 5:30 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: 

  • Friday, September 22
  • Sunday, October 13

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