Experience the Zoo in a unique way at Night Camp. See animals up-close, take a tour by flashlight, and wake up as the animals do. We guarantee your Night Camp experience will be unforgettable! Choose from several Night Camp options from our public family camps, school and scout camps, and even custom camps for private groups. We also have Twilight camps available for those who’d like to experience the Zoo at night but would rather sleep in their own beds.

Family Twilight Camp

Have a family adventure at the Zoo after hours! This memorable experience includes guided trail hikes, animal encounters, activities, a late night snack and Night Camp souvenir. Camp ends at about 10:15 p.m., making it perfect for younger or older campers who prefer to sleep in their own beds! Create your own camp* any time of the year for a school or church group, scout troop, family gathering, birthday party, or your own custom adventure. (*Minimum 25 people) Ages 5 and up (all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please purchase additional ticket for each adult attending)

Family Wilderness Experience Night Camp

Join us for a genuine tent camping experience… and you don’t even have to put up the tents! Your party will have its own tent (up to 5 people per tent), a scrumptious dinner off the grill, make s’mores over a camp fire, go on a night hike, and have up-close animal encounters. In the morning, enjoy a continental breakfast, a guided hike, and explore the Zoo on your own for the rest of the day! Create your own camp* any time of the year for a school or church group, scout troop, family gathering, birthday party, or your own custom adventure. (*Minimum 25 people). Recommended for campers ages seven and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Anyone under 18 yrs old must be accompanied by an adult.
** Please purchase a separate ticket for each adult attending.

School Groups and Create Your Own Camps

Create your own Night Camp experience! Perfect for birthday parties, family reunions, or gathering for special groups. A minimum of 25 participants is required. Camps may be reserved nearly any night throughout the year. Reservations require at least three weeks advanced notice. Advanced payment is required. Call 602.914.4333 to register.

Important Links for Parents and Chaperones:
Letter to ChaperonesWhat to PackT-Shirt Order Form

Night Camp Pricing – 2013-2014 Public Rates

Member
Family Twilight Camp $35.00
Overnight Night Camp $45.00
Wilderness Experience $60.00

Non-member
Twilight Camp $40.00
Overnight Night Camp $50.00
Wilderness Experience $65.00

School Group Rates*
1st-6th grades 7th grade and up
Twilight Camp $35.00** $40.00**
Overnight Night Camp $45.00** $50.00**
Wilderness Experience $60.00 $65.00

*For all camps: School groups receive one FREE adult chaperone for every ten campers under the age of 18. One adult chaperone (at least 18 years of age) is required for each 10 children that attend. Free chaperones do not count toward the 25 paid camper minimum.

** Twilight and Overnight Night Camps have the option to add Hungry Howie’s Pizza for an additional fee of $5.00 per person, including chaperones.

To reserve your camp date, call Reservations at 602.914.4333.
For our Lost and Found, contact the Park Ranger voice mail at 602.273.1341 ext. 7889.

Over Night Group Camps

Experience the Zoo from dusk till dawn!
Overnight night camps include guided trail hikes, up-close animal encounters, engaging activities and games, a delicious late-night snack and a continental breakfast. Best for campers ages 7 and up, you will have the unique opportunity to experience the Zoo when the nocturnal animals are waking up at night and the diurnal animals are waking up in the morning. The only question is will your campers wake up to the sounds of the coyotes yipping or the lions roaring?!

  • Duration: Sleep over at the Phoenix Zoo! Camp begins at 6:45 p.m. (6:15 p.m. if you included dinner) and ends at 9:00am the next morning.
  • Group Size*: Groups require a minimum of 25 paid campers. One adult chaperone (at least 18 years of age) is required for each 10 children that attend.
  • Dinner: Hungry Howie’s Pizza may be added to any Night Camp for an additional fee of $5.00 per person, including chaperones.

Twilight Group Camps

Visit the Zoo after hours!
This memorable experience will include guided trail hikes, animal encounters, activities and a late night snack. A Twilight Camp is perfect for our younger campers, ages 5 and up and entire families.

  • Duration: Camp begins at 6:15 p.m. (5:45 p.m. if you include dinner) and ends at 10:15 p.m. the same evening.
  • Group Size*: Groups require a minimum of 25 paid campers. One adult chaperone (at least 18 years of age) is required for each 10 children that attend.
  • Dinner: Hungry Howie’s Pizza may be added to any Night Camp for an additional fee of $5.00 per person, including chaperones.

Wilderness Experience Group Camps

Sleep under the stars at the Phoenix Zoo!
A Wilderness Experience camp offers an authentic camping experience in the middle of the city. Interact with animals, walk the Zoo in guided night hikes, enjoy a grilled dinner and s’mores roasted over a campfire, and sleep in tents provided by the Zoo. In the morning, wake up to the sounds of Siamang gibbons and waterfowl and enjoy a delicious continental breakfast.

  • Duration: Stay all night in your own private tent. Camp begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m. the following morning.
  • Group Size*: Groups require a minimum of 25 paid campers. One adult chaperone (at least 18 years of age) is required for each 10 children that attend.
  • Dinner: Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixings are provided by the Zoo. A vegetarian option is available on request.

Night Camp Themes

The Phoenix Zoo is excited to offer six new Night Camp programs! These programs are all aligned to Arizona Department of Education Academic Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The new programs fall under two categories: Night Camp Investigators and Night Camp Explorers.

Night Camp Explorers

Campers, get ready to navigate your way around the Zoo as you have never before… at night. As Night Camp Explorers, campers will be given clues throughout the night and use basic orienteering skills to find their way to their next great experience. In order to receive those clues, they will be asked to complete specific tasks, all leading up to their final challenge. There are three Night Camp Explorer programs, each designed with a specific age group in mind.

  • Night Camp Explorers: Life Cycles
    • Recommended for grades 3 and younger.
    • At each station, the campers will focus on one of the following animal classes: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and insects, discussing their traits and life cycles.
  • Night Camp Explorers: Food Webs
    • Recommended for grades 3 through 6
    • In this program, campers will focus on the following trophic levels: producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, tertiary consumers, and decomposers, how they interact with the other levels, and their overall importance within a food web.
  • Night Camp Explorers: Careers with Animals
    • Recommended for grades 6 through 12
    • Campers in this program will explore the following career options throughout their camp experience: animal behaviorists, zoo keepers, veterinarians, field biologists, and conservation biologists.

Night Camp Investigators

Campers will become true scientific investigators in this exciting camp! Within the Night Camp Investigator programs, campers will go through the scientific inquiry process, as they investigate a question of their choice through observation, data collection, and discussion. There are three Night Camp Investigator programs, each designed with a specific age group in mind.

  • Night Camp Investigators: Nocturnal
    • Recommended for grades 3 and younger
    • Campers will explore the adaptations of nocturnal animals and how they compare to that of diurnal animals through inquiry-based learning.
  • Night Camp Investigators: Desert Survival
    • Recommended for grades 3 through 6
    • Using the scientific inquiry process, campers will examine the adaptations that allow animals to survive in a harsh desert environment, with a focus on local species.
  • Night Camp Investigators: Conservation
    • Recommended for grades 6 through 12
    • Through a series of scenarios, campers will investigate and discuss specific conservation issues, and begin to understand the challenges that conservationists face while finding ways that they can make a difference as well.

Night Camp Locations

You may request to hold your camp in any of the locations below depending upon availability and group size. Only one camp group will be booked per site. Smaller scout groups may be booked with other groups to meet the minimum camper requirement.

  • Neely Events and Education Center – Climate-controlled classroom. Sleeps up to 120 campers in partitioned sections.
  • Desert Tents – Permanent concrete-floored canvas tents with ceiling fans. Sleeps up to 90 campers in four separate structures. Requires a minimum of 60 campers to reserve.
  • Windmill House in Harmony Farm – Climate-controlled classroom. Sleeps up to 40 campers in one room.
  • Plaza de los Niños – This site is a dirt/gravel campsite. Sleeps up to 75 people in individual family-sized tents which are provided by the Zoo and set-up by Night Camp staff. Available for Wilderness Experience Camps only.
  • Lakeside or Savannah Park -This site is a grass lawn campsite. Sleeps up to 75 people in individual family-sized tents which are provided by the Zoo and set-up by Night Camp staff. Available for Wilderness Experience Camps only.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available for qualifying schools. Select the Scholarships Tab on this page for more information.

Important Documents

Letter to Chaperones | What to Pack Checklist | T-Shirt Order Form

Girl Scout Camps

Group Night Camps are perfect for your Girl Scout Troop. The camp consists of guided trail hikes, animal discoveries and educational activities. Our diverse offering of scout or badge work is suited to fit many needs. Different badge work is offered for different levels.

For a list of scheduled dates download our 2014 Scout Camp Calendar.

For Troops with a minimum of 25 participants please see our Custom Group Camps section above.

Twilight Camp for Daisies – Ages 4-5

Earn your Daisy Petals at our 3 Cheers for Animals! Twilight Camp for Daisies. The fun begins at 6:15 p.m. and lasts until 9:30 p.m. that same evening. Instructors will lead your group around the Zoo for guided trail hikes, exciting activities and up-close and personal animal presentations! You will also enjoy a scrumptious snack. Campers will receive a souvenir Night Camp water bottle to take home and remember the Zoo for years to come!

*Scouts: small groups of scouts may be booked together to meet the minimum attendee requirement.

Night Camp for Girl Scouts – Brownies through Cadettes

Complete Journey and Legacy badges in our Night Camps for Girl Scouts! Join fellow Girls Scout troops in experiencing the Phoenix Zoo at night. Your WILD night begins at 6:15 p.m. and lasts until 9:00am the following morning. Led by Night Camp instructors, campers will experience guided trail hikes, special animal presentations, and fun hands-on activities. Enjoy tasty snacks in the evening and breakfast in the morning before taking home your very own souvenir Night Camp water bottle! Finally, pick up your well-earned Night Camp patches from our gift shop**.

*Scouts: small groups of scouts may be booked together to meet the minimum attendee requirement.

** Girl Scout badges cannot be purchased through the Zoo.