Create a unique, once-in-a-lifetime Night Camp experience for your group! Our program allows you to choose what date, type of camp, sleeping location, and theme would be best for you. Perfect for birthday parties, family reunions, or other gatherings for special groups.

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Begin planning your own Night Camp experience in 4 easy steps!

 

Choose Your Date
A minimum of 25 participants is required for all Night Camps. 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 reserve your camp.

Choose Your Type of Camp
Three different types of camp ensure the perfect experience for your campers. Whether you want to spend the evening at a Twilight Camp, or embark on a longer adventure and spend the night at the Zoo, we’ve got something for everyone.

Standard Overnight Camp
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 include pizza 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.
Twilight Camp
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.

  • 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.
Wilderness Experience Camp
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 in family-sized tents. 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: Choice of grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, and veggie burgers with all the fixings are provided by the Zoo.

Choose Your Sleeping Location
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.
 

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
  • Includes centralized outdoor fire pit (weather permitting)

  

Windmill House at Harmony Farm
  • Climate-controlled classroom
  • Sleeps up to 40 campers in one undivided sleeping area

  

Plaza de Los Niños
  • Outdoor campsite, composite granite and dirt
  • Sleeps up to 75 campers in individual family-sized tents
  • Tents sleep 4-5 people, and are provided and set up by Zoo staff
  • Available for Wilderness Experience Camps only

Choose Your Night Camp Theme
Over the summer, we redesigned the program offerings, with the goal of increasing the cognitive rigor and hands-on, integrated STEM activities available. Each of these five programs are specifically designed for the recommended age group and alignment to Arizona State Standards, Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Nocturnal
Have you ever wondered what the animals do at the zoo after dark? Campers will discover through hands-on experiments and inquiry-based learning, the adaptations and behaviors of nocturnal animals compared to diurnal animals. Recommended for Grades 1 – 2

Food Webs
Campers will come face-to-face with creatures of all different trophic levels (producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, tertiary consumers, and decomposers). Using the design process to create a model, they will discover everything on Earth has an important place in the food web! Recommended for Grades 3 – 5

Desert Survival
Desert animals have developed amazing abilities and methods to overcome the challenges they face in the harsh desert environment. Using the scientific inquiry process, and with a focus on local species, campers will examine the adaptations that allow animals to survive in the desert. Recommended for Grades 3 – 5

Careers with Animals
Campers will explore skills and technology used in careers involving animals, here at the Zoo and beyond! Using the engineering design process, campers will be challenged to create a prototype of a new invention for an animal at the Zoo. Recommended for Grades 6 – 12

Conservation
Campers will investigate and discuss specific conservation issues, learning to understand the challenges that conservationists face and strategies they use to protect animals. Campers will discover small ways that they can make a big difference! Recommended for Grades 6 – 12


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