School Overnights Ever wondered what the zoo is like after hours? Our overnights put you and your group in the middle of the zoo at night where you will get to take a night hike, participate in fun, educational activities, get a peek at some of the zoo’s behind-the-scenes areas, and meet some of our animal ambassadors up close and personal! All four of our overnight programs meet our educational goals: to foster a sense of wonder, share knowledge, and advocate active involvement with wildlife and wild places. The Zoo is dedicated to education and committed to helping students meet academic goals. Our overnight topics have been written with tri-state Academic Standards in mind. Find a breakdown of each state’s standards with each program tab. Creature QuestAfrican Predator ProwlSleep with ManateesTwiga Tented Camp Creature Quest (Kindergarten and up) Investigate physical and behavioral adaptations of animals and how adaptation diversity in different habitats is the key to survival! Why do owls have such big eyes? Why are most cats nocturnal? Investigate the world around you while learning about nocturnal animals! See our education animal ambassadors during a live animal encounter, take a night hike to visit some our our nocturnal animal residents, get a glimpse behind the scenes of what it takes to care for our zoo animal residents, and discover adaptations in an exciting and interactive ways! Standards for Schools: Creature QUEST – OH Academic Standards (PDF) Creature QUEST – KY Academic Standards (PDF) Creature QUEST – IN Academic Standards (PDF) Expand for More Info How much does Creature Quest cost? $41.00 per participant (*Teachers bringing school groups are free!) Where will you sleep? Creature Quest sleeps in the Harold C. Schott Education Center classrooms Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones Maximum group size is 120 participants, including chaperones What will you learn? During the Creature Quest Overnight we will investigate animals and learn to ask questions and figure out the answers. Using the QUEST method, participants will create their own study to learn more about our animals. We will also talk about adaptations and nocturnal animals. An adaptation is a physical or behavioral characteristic that helps an animal or plant survive and reproduce in its habitat. For example, a Night Monkey’s huge eyes allow it to see better at night, and the Honey Bee Waggle Dance shows other bees where food is! On your overnight, you will: Learn about the QUEST method and design your own study Understand how physical and behavioral adaptations ensure survival Appreciate the diversity of animals and their adaptations Understand the specific adaptations of nocturnal animals African Predator Prowl (Grades 2 and up) Prowl the Zoo at night in search of predators from Africa and beyond while learning about the vital role of predators and humans in a healthy ecosystem. Standards for Schools African Predator Prowl Overnight – OH Academic Standards (PDF) African Predator Prowl Overnight – KY Academic Standards (PDF) African Predator Prowl Overnight – IN Academic Standards (PDF) Expand for More Info How much does African Predator Prowl cost? $41.00 per participant (*Teachers bringing school groups are free). Where will you sleep? Africa Predator Prowl – Sleeping in the new Harold C. Schott Education Center Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones. Maximum group size is 120 participants, including chaperones. What will you learn? During Africa Predator Prowl we will prowl the Zoo for predators, explore the intricate food webs that support these animals and learn what role humans have played in the lives of predators over the centuries. Explore food-webs and uncover the broad implications when the balance is disrupted. Determine what a predator’s role is and discuss how predators around the world have been impacted by changes in their environment. Discover the legacies of predators in Africa and how these animals have fared over the generations Explore modern challenges of wildlife management, and species’ success stories. Sleep with the Manatees (Grades 2 & up) Explore the diversity of life on Earth while spending the night with our resident manatees! Learn more about this program> Standards for Schools Swim with the Manatees Overnight – OH Academic Standards (PDF) Swim with the Manatees Overnight – KY Academic Standards (PDF) Swim with the Manatees Overnight – IN Academic Standards (PDF) Expand for More Info How much does Sleep with the Manatees Cost? $51.00 per participant (*Teachers bringing school groups are free). Where will you sleep? Sleep with the Manatees sleeps in the Manatees Springs building. Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones. Maximum group size is 60 participants, including chaperones. What will you learn? On your overnight, you will explore: Biodiversity, where it can be found and how we play a significant role in protecting it Eco-regions, specifically the Florida Everglades, and how relationships within make them so significant The Florida manatee, discover why it is endangered and what you can do to help Human impact to biodiversity Twiga Tented Camp (Grade 2 and up) Transport yourself to Africa during this high-end, brand new tented camp overnight experience at the Zoo! *Available April – October Expand for More Info How much does Twiga Tented Camp cost? $810 per tent Each tent sleeps up to 10 individuals with up to 4 tents available There is a one tent minimum for this overnight, but there is no minimum participation required Where will you sleep? Each of our four African safari tents sleeps up to 10 people on comfortable cot bunk beds Twiga Tented Camp sits on the edge of Giraffe Ridge which provides a stunning close-up with our giraffes in the morning when you exit your tent! What will you experience? On your overnight, you will experience: An experiential program that will transport you to Africa through unique opportunities only available for Twiga overnights Special encounters with African Zoo animals A special behind-the-scenes peek with one of our Africa exhibit residents A provided bonfire snack and catered breakfast A bonding experience with your friends and family you will never forget!