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Zoo Snooze


Overnight Experiences for Children


Looking for a fun educational experience for your group, ages 7-12? A Zoo snooze may be just the thing for you. The NC Zoo offers exciting overnight programs to engage your brain, entertain your senses, and enhance your environmental awareness. Each overnight adventure includes special presentations, activities, a light snack, an outdoor experience and a craft to take home.The fun will resume the next morning, after a light breakfast, until 9 a.m. when you continue the adventure on your own in the NC Zoo's 500-acre park.

Zoo snoozes are offered on Friday and Saturday evenings, January-November, subject to availability. A limited number of Wednesday and Thursday evening program dates are available each year as well.

Frequently Asked Questions
Registration Requirements and What to Bring

Registration Dates


For Program Season: Registration Begins:
Winter|Spring (Jan.-May) August 1
Summer (June-Aug.) December 1
Fall (Sept.-Nov.) March 1


Program Details


Program

Age Range

Participants
(Includes Children & Chaperones)
Cost

Creatures of the Night 7-12* 15-30 $600.00 for 15 participants. $20 for each additional person up to but not exceeding the maximum.
Scutes, Scales and Slippery Skin 7-12* 15-30 $600.00 for 15 participants. $20 for each additional person up to but not exceeding the maximum.
Safari 7-12* 12-20 $650.00 up to 15 participants. $20 for each additional person but not exceeding the maximum.
Things with Wings 7-12* 15-30 $600.00 for 15 participants. $20 for each additional person up to but not exceeding the maximum.


*Can be modified for groups of children ages 13 and up.

For more information or to register, contact the Zoo education office by phone 336.879.7716, toll free 1.800.488.0444 ext. 7716 or Email.

Overnight Experiences for Children

Creatures of the Night

Go batty over creatures of the night! Explore skills and senses of nocturnal animals in this fun and exciting program. Concentrating on bats and owls, we’ll shed some light on the mystery of what’s really going "bump in the night". Through presentations and activities, participants will develop a greater understanding of our nighttime neighbors, their roles in our environment and how we can help them. Students will have a blast building bat boxes and a hoot dissecting owl pellets.

Registration Requirements and What to Bring

Scutes, Scales and Slippery Skin

Slither and slide your way into the secretive world of reptiles and amphibians. Discover the differences between these animals and what they can tell us about our environment. Spend the evening exploring the world of these elusive backyard creatures with games, activities and presentations. Invite a toad to live in your yard by building a toad abode.

Registration Requirements and What to Bring

Safari Snooze

This Zoo snooze is a unique opportunity for small groups with a maximum of 15 people. Learn about our giant pachyderms, striped equines and ungulates, as we discover the importance of the African Savanna. Checking out an elephant hide and a rhino horn are just a couple of the ways we will get to know more about these animals and their role in this special ecosystem. This Zoo snooze also provides hands-on activities to learn about African culture. For an additional fee of $50.00 your group can take a behind-the-scenes tour of either the giraffe or rhino barn. With this option, you'll have the opportunity to meet with a zookeeper, visit the inside of one of the barns, and see the "residents" up close. Barn selection will be determined by Zoo staff. Please note that this added opportunity requires starting the program at 6 p.m.instead of 7 p.m.

Registration Requirements and What to Bring

Things with Wings

Soar into the night learning about why animals have wings! You will be surprised what you learn. From flight to camouflage to communication, learn the many ways these critters use their wings. Through games, activities and meeting some live winged creatures, you will get an idea what it is like to live in their world. After you leave, continue your experience by attracting native birds to your backyard with a bird feeder you build.

Registration Requirements and What to Bring

For more information or to register, contact the Zoo education office by phone 336.879.7716, toll free 1.800.488.0444 ext. 7716 or Email

Zoo Snooze Frequently Asked Questions

When are Zoo Snoozes offered?
Zoo Snooze programs are offered on Friday and Saturday evenings, January-November, subject to availability. There are a limited number of Wednesday and Thursday evening program dates available each year as well. Contact the Zoo Snooze Coordinator by Email for availability.

How far in advance do reservations need to be made?
Reservations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis for available dates.  A minimum of four (4) weeks notice is required for Zoo Snooze bookings. However, please note that the spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) are our most popular months, and these dates book quickly.  Reservations may be made as far as six (6) months in advance.

What if my group doesn’t meet the minimum participant requirements?
We can accommodate smaller group sizes however, the base program fee ($550.00) is still required. We strongly recommend no fewer than eight (8) youth.

Can we have more than 30 participants?
Our maximum participant requirements have been set to ensure a quality experience for all. There are NO exceptions to our maximum number of participants.

My group has more than 30 participants.  Can we book two (2) programs for the same evening?
At this time, we are only able to accommodate one (1) program on a given evening. If you are interested in splitting your group, you may consider booking two (2) consecutive evenings.  Please note that dates are booked on a first-come first-served basis however, so more advanced notice is recommended to accommodate full weekend bookings.  Contact the Zoo Snooze Coordinator by Email for availability.

How many chaperones are required?
One (1) adult is required for every ten (10) youth.  This ratio may not exceed more than one (1) adult for every one (1) youth.

What is the age range for Zoo Snooze participants?
The programs are designed for youth ages 7-12. Younger siblings are not permitted.

Are additional adults and siblings able to join us for our visit at the zoo the day following our Zoo Snooze program?
If you have additional people who would like to visit the zoo with your group, they may meet you at zoo admissions, at 9 a.m. the following morning. They are required to pay regular admission fees.  If you need accommodations for additional guests, please visit: www.visitrandolphcounty.com.

Do Society members receive a discount?
Zoo Snooze programs are booked and paid for as a group. There are no discounts offered for these programs.

Where do we sleep?
Participants sleep in a large climate-controlled room with carpeted flooring, at the Zoo's education building. Each participant is responsible for providing their own bedding (sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping pad, air mattress*, etc). *Air mattresses are allowed and recommended, especially for adults.

Are there separate sleeping quarters for males and females?
All program participants (including chaperones) stay in one room. The room is large enough for co-ed groups to be able to designate space within the room as male or female sleeping quarters.

Are there showers available for participants?
There are no shower facilities available for Zoo Snooze participants. There are separate male and female restrooms. Each restroom is equipped with multiple toilet stalls and multiple sinks.

Will we get to go behind-the-scenes?
Due to safety concerns and the availability of animal care staff, we are not able to offer behind-the-scenes tours for most Zoo Snooze programs. The Safari Snooze does have an option for a barn tour to be added on to the program.

Will we get to tour the Zoo at night?
Most of the Zoo's animals are given access to inside holding areas overnight. This allows them to have some down time. For this reason few animals are visible after hours. Zoo Snooze participants will however, take a night hike, along the tram road, after dark. This is an opportunity for the group to spend some time outside. Several educational activities are done while out on the night hike.

Is dinner provided?
Participants should plan to eat dinner before arriving. A snack is provided in the evening as well as a light breakfast the following morning.

Can group members arrive late and/or leave early?
Groups are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to program start time in order to check-in, unload overnight gear, etc. All group participants (youth and chaperones included) must be checked in by the program start time. Zoo entrances are secured each evening and opened each morning by park rangers. Once locked for the evening, the gates will only be opened for emergency purposes. Participants should plan to be present for the entire program.

Is Zoo admission included in the program fee?
Each Zoo Snooze program participant will receive admission to the Zoo the day following their scheduled program.

Can we use our admission passes for another day?
Zoo admission is a component of the Zoo Snooze program and is only valid the day following your Zoo Snooze. No rainchecks!

Will my boy/girl scouts receive a badge for participating in a Zoo Snooze?
This is not a scout merit badge program however, NC Zoo Scout Patches are available for purchase in the gift shops. Please note that these are patches and not official scout merit badges.

Registration Requirements and What to Bring

Zoo Snooze Registration Requirements

  • Chaperone to youth ratio: Groups must have one (1) chaperone for every ten (10) youth.  Groups may not have more than one (1) chaperone for every one (1) youth. Please note that chaperones and children are included in the minimum and maximum number for each program.
  • Siblings and additional adults are not permitted at zoo snooze programs. If you have additional people who would like to visit the zoo with your group, they may meet you at zoo admissions, at 9 a.m. the following morning. They are required to pay regular admission fees. If you need accommodations for additional guests, please visit: www.visitrandolphcounty.com
  • Once you have reserved a date for your program, a non-refundable deposit of $250 is due. You have two (2) weeks after registration to mail in your deposit. Checks should be made payable to: NC Zoo Society Education Fund, and sent to NC Zoo Education, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro NC 27205. Once your deposit is received, a confirmation will be sent to you via email.  The program is not confirmed until deposit payment is received.  Non-payment will be viewed as canceling the reservation, and the date will be opened to other groups.
  • An exact number of participants (children and chaperones) and final payment are due four (4) weeks prior to the scheduled program. Please be advised that after this date numbers cannot be changed. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to our maximum number of participants. These numbers are set to ensure a quality experience for everyone.
  • Zoo Snooze is an all weather adventure. In the event of severe weather, the Zoo reserves the right to cancel a program and reschedule your group. However, if this is not an option, a refund will be available. If you find it necessary to cancel your booking, payment is only refundable if the Zoo is able to fill the date with another group. Please note that the $250 deposit is non-refundable regardless.
  • Zoo admission is a component of the Zoo Snooze program and is only valid the day following your Zoo Snooze. No rainchecks!

What to Bring to a Zoo Snooze

Recommended items:
  • Weather appropriate clothing (Be prepared for a change)—Zoo Snooze is an all weather adventure!!! 
    --Heavy coat, hat, gloves, if it's cold
    --Rain gear if it’s wet
    --Sunscreen and hat if it's hot, etc.
  • Comfortable, closed-toe, walking shoes -NO FLIP-FLOPS
  • Water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad or air mattress
  • Pillow
  • Sleepwear
  • Hand Towel & Washcloth -there are NO shower facilities available
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • Personal Items (toiletries, cosmetics, etc)
  • Medications
  • Bug spray

Optional items:

  • Camera
  • Small Backpack or Waist Pack
  • Snacks/ lunch for your day in the park (Coolers are not allowed in the park, but you can keep them in your car.)

The Following are prohibited on Zoo Snoozes:

  • Flip-Flops and/or backless shoes
  • Heelys
  • Light-up shoes
  • Pets
  • Toys
  • Valuables
  • Electronics—portable televisions, laptops, radios, Ipods, mp3 players, video games, etc


The NC Zoo cannot be responsible for lost or misplaced items, or for items retrieved accidentally by other participants. Be sure to label ALL gear.

For more information or to register, contact the Zoo education office by phone 336.879.7716, toll free 1.800.488.0444 ext. 7716 or Email


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