Wild Nights! School Overnights
Have a Wild Night at the Saint Louis Zoo ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK!
School overnights allow teachers and their classes to have the entire Zoo to themselves - an exciting combination of adventure and learning. With five different themes, students are guaranteed to learn and experience something unforgettable. Each Wild Nights program (listed above) includes a live animal encounter, activities, an evening snack, a night and morning hike around the Zoo, a continental breakfast and a souvenir.
Depending on the theme you choose, your students may have the opportunity to create enrichments for Zoo animals, test their nocturnal adaptations and animal survival skills, or learn how to live greener. A trash-free pizza snack and breakfast are included. Participants will sleep in our new L.E.E.D. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, the Exploration Outpost.
School overnight programs are offered any evening September to May. School groups must be in at least 3rd grade to attend. Youth groups and Home school groups with children in grades 3 to 12 are welcome. We can accommodate special program requests as well as special education or gifted classes. Please specify any special requests when scheduling.
Confirmation packets will be sent to teachers after they sign up for an overnight. Information for students, parents, and teachers, including emergency contact information, release forms, and what to bring (and not to bring) is included in this packet.
(Please note: If your group is unable to stay with us overnight, we would be happy to tailor any of our offerings for an evening-only program.) For more information or to register, please contact the Overnight Programs Coordinator, at (314) 646-4614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Fees for Overnight Programs
The fee is $960 for up to 30 participants, student or adult, and $32 for each additional participant. Teachers and administrators are free! The maximum number of participants is 55. A deposit of $320 is due 30 days after a program has been requested and the remaining total and a final number of participants are due 30 days prior to the program. Any program scheduled 30 days or fewer before the requested date will require full payment using a credit card.
Overnight programs may be cancelled if payments have not been received 30 days prior to the overnight program.
Refunds for Overnight Programs
A refund minus a $145 cancellation fee will be issued if you notify the Education Department at least two weeks prior to your overnight. There is no refund for groups that cancel with less than two weeks' notice.
Other Overnight Programs
The Saint Louis Zoo Education Department offers a wide variety of other overnight and evening opportunities. With as many as 10 different themes, you can come as often as you'd like and never experience the same thing twice. You might also be interested in Snooze at the Zoo - Scout Overnights.
Overnight and evening programs are unique, with activities that are theme-based and age appropriate. Each one includes a live animal class, game, and night hike. Hikes are led by trained Zoo staff and may include the opportunity to go into an animal building after hours. Overnights also include an evening snack, a morning hike, and breakfast.