Create a unique, once-in-a-lifetime Night Camp experience for your students!

Our program allows you to choose what date, type of camp, sleeping location, and theme would be best for you.

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

Create your School Group Night Camp

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.

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.

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.

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

  • 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

We have listed our most popular Night Camp themes. Check out the Family Wilderness Experience page or visit our Girl Scout Camps page for more possibilities. We are also happy to modify a theme to fit your group’s needs!

Food Webs

  • Campers will come face-to-face with creatures of all different trophic levels. Using the design process to create a food web model, campers will discover everything on Earth has an important place in our global ecosystem!

    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 plants, animals and people to conserve water in the desert!

    Recommended for Grades 3 – 4.

STEM at the Zoo

  • Animals need food, water and shelter to survive, but what do they need to thrive? Observe for yourself the complex needs of animals and how the Zoo uses STEM to meet those needs. Using the engineering design process, campers will be challenged to design a new invention for an animal at the Zoo and discover just how YOU can care for native animals in your community.

    Recommended for Grades 5-8.

Conservation

  • Campers will become field conservationists for the night, learning to understand the challenges that conservationists face and tools they use. Find out how the Phoenix Zoo and other organizations are working together to positively impact endangered local species like the Mexican Grey Wolf and discover how YOU can make a difference for them, too!

    Recommended for Grades 6 – 12.

Through generous donations from local individuals, corporations and foundations, the Phoenix Zoo is able to offer discounted and free rates for some of our educational opportunities under our ZooReach Scholarship program. ZooReach Scholarships are available for Arizona Department of Education designated Title I schools (grades K – 12) that have 50 percent or more of their enrollment on a free or reduced lunch program. Below you’ll find the variety of scholarships that are available.

  • Standard Night Camp Program –  An overnight experience at the Phoenix Zoo for 36 children and four adults.* This experience includes pizza dinner, souvenir water bottle, guided trail hikes, up-close encounters with our ambassador animals, engaging activities and games, a delicious late-night snack  a continental breakfast and admission to the Zoo the next day.
    • A minimum of 25 campers (children and chaperones) is required to hold a camp.
    • Night Camp ZooReach Scholarship programs can be scheduled Tuesday – Saturday evenings, late September – February.
    • *If you wish to add campers above the number covered by the Night Camp ZooReach Scholarship, the costs are as follows and must be paid for two weeks prior to your camp date:
    • $59/person (one free adult chaperone for every 10 paying campers under the age of 18)
    • Pizza $5/person

All ZooReach Scholarship programs are based on Arizona State Academic Standards. Call 602.914.4333 for reservations.