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Snooze at the Zoo

Join us for an overnight adventure at Zoo Boise! Zoo Boise offers a variety of Snooze at the Zoo overnight programs for your Family, Scout Troop, or School Group.

Families will experience a camp out unlike any other. Sleep under the stars right in the middle of the city! Enjoy programs led by education department staff or explore the zoo on your own after regular zoo hours.

Scout Troops will bond while earning a badge*. In addition to a Scout Master-led program, troops will enjoy learning more about the zoo’s exotic animals from our education department staff.

School Groups will learn about zoo animals while fulfilling Idaho/Oregon State Education Requirements*.  Through education department-led programs, groups will get to explore the zoo in the dark and interact with some of the zoo’s exotic animals.

Cost is $55 per participant and $50 for Friends of Zoo Boise annual pass holders. Public overnights are scheduled once per month May –August. These are intended for families/friends.

2020 Public Snooze at the Zoo Schedule: May 22, June 27, July 17, and August 8

Public Snooze at the Zoo (ages 7 and up + Adult)

Public Snooze at the Zoo

05/22/20 – 05/23/20 from 6:30pm-9:00am

A memorable experience is sure to be had by those who experience Snooze at the Zoo! Zoo guides will provide your family with evening and early morning treks through the zoo to investigate animals as well as their habitats, behavior, and care. Activities, games, art projects, and up-close animal encounters are also part of the Snooze at the Zoo adventure. Evening snack, continental breakfast, and indoor/outdoor sleeping area provided. Children’s parent(s) must be present throughout the entire program. One adult per five children. Details regarding items to bring for the overnight will be sent to campers one week prior to the program. Cost per person is $50 for Zoo Boise members and $55 for non-members.

To register in person visit the Fort Boise Community Center (700 Robbins Road) or call (208) 608-7680.

Click Here to Register for Zoo Boise Education Programs

A Snooze at the Zoo Overnight Experience Includes:

  • Admission for your group
  • One teacher or Scout Master free with a minimum of 20 students (a minimum of 1 adult chaperone is required for every 5 children)
  • Fun for the whole family (overnights are intended for children ages 7 and up)
  • Sleep in Zoo Boise’s own Chitengo Camp
  • Animal programs led by Education Department Staff
  • Hands-on animal encounters
  • After hours tour of the zoo*
  • Light evening snack and breakfast (Please eat dinner before arriving at the zoo)
  • Free next day admission to the zoo for your group

Scout and school groups may schedule any night of the week May – August, providing the date is available. To schedule a group Snooze at the Zoo, please send an email.

*Education programs tailored for specific Scout Badges or Education Requirements available upon request.

*While overnight experiences include touchable animals and animal viewing,there are no behind the scenes tours.

This program takes place from 6:30pm to 9am the following day and is on zoo grounds, so please dress for the weather.

When you register for a class or program with the Zoo Boise/City of Boise, this Personal Release Statement is implied: I understand that the registered activities and services may have an element of hazard or inherent danger and I take full responsibility for my actions and physical condition. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Boise and its employees from any liability loss, cost or expense (including attorney’s fees, medical and ambulance costs) that I may incur while participating in the Recreation activities. I give my consent to use any photographs or videotape taken of me in future promotional or marketing materials.