Have you ever wanted to spend the night at the Zoo and learn something, too? With our Overnight Adventure programs, you can! From April through October, our Nocturnal Adventure programs are available for school groups and Bunk for a Badge programs specifically designed for Girl Scouts.
Nocturnal Adventures for Schools
Available select dates in April, May, September and October
Spend the night at the zoo with your school! Our Nocturnal Adventures help teach science curriculum in a way like no other. Come join us on one of our thematic evenings — Adaptation Station, Conservation Connection or Habitat Junction — to help assist you teach these concepts to your class! [more...]
From where they live to what they eat, animals have adaptations to aid them in their surroundings. Our nightly activities investigate how adaptations help an animal survive. The night will include an after-hours tour, a evening hike through our Deserts building and an adaptation game. Together, we will explore how certain physical or behavioral characteristics aid an organism's fight for resources, food and survival.
Who’s endangered and why? Get connected and explore what you can do to help endangered species and habitats around the world. Participants will learn about how species become endangered and why caring for the animals at the Zoo is important to the survival of species in the wild. Over the course of the night, groups will be taken on a behind the scenes tour of the dolphin kitchen, participate in after hour exploration of the Oceans building, and learn more about conservation through games and a craft. Join us to find out more about what you can do to help protect the earth and its inhabitants!
Who lives where and why? Discover the importance of habitats to animals and see what it takes for the Zoo to put together a habitat. Groups will be taken on a behind the scenes tour of Oceans to see what it takes to put together a habitat at the Zoo. Also, participants will go on an exploratory night hike in our Gardens, play games and make a craft.
Spend the night at the zoo and discover the world of
orangutans and orangutan conservation. In the morning you and your students
will be some of the first people into the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan
Center where you will have an opportunity to come face to face with our
Zoo Careers (New for 2016)
Ever wonder what it would be like to work at a zoo? Investigate the wide range of careers found at the zoo. Go behind the scenes and see how the zoo works for people and animals.
Bunk for a Badge for Girl Scouts
Available select dates in June, July, and August
The Bunk for a Badge program is specifically designed for Girl Scout Juniors and Brownies! Your scouts will have a fun time spending the night at the Zoo and leave the next day with the badge they earned the night before.
Since this program is geared specifically toward scouts and their parents and leaders, we ask that you do not bring tag-alongs that are not registered as a part of your troop. Arrival time for this program is 6pm. The next morning after breakfast, groups can stay and explore the Indianapolis Zoo all day. Come join us on one of our thematic evenings. Brownies choose between Pets and Senses. Juniors choose between Animal Habitat, Detective, and Flowers. The first troop to book the night selects the badge and only one badge program can be run per evening. [more...]
Do you know what it takes to care for a pet? Whether you have a pet or not you will learn all about what you need to care for an animal as well as see how the Zoo cares for their animals. Through crafts, behind-the-scenes tours and other activities at the Zoo you will create your own pet care manual while earning your Brownie Pets badge.
Ever wondered why we have five senses? We use them every day, but in this badge, your girl scouts will put their senses to the ultimate test! Don’t worry; we have items that will help you develop super senses for the evening. Your scouts will smell your way through “food” items, just like some ocean animals do. We will play a game with your ears, and strap on some “new” eyes to see the world differently. We will even take a look at our Deserts Dome to see how the animals use their senses.
Animal Habitat (Juniors)
It’s a celebration so put your party shoes on and come to a ‘wildlife party’ at the Zoo. You will learn about animals and their habitats while getting ready for the party. There will be games to play and crafts to make as well as a scavenger hunt all in celebration of animal habitats.
When a long-haired snipe escapes at the Indianapolis Zoo, it is up to a group of girl scouts to help get it back. Using clues, decoding messages from friendly orangutans, and making tracks, Girl Scout Juniors follow and eventually recover this fictitious animal.
They smell great, make amazing gifts, and can cheer up any room! But flowers are more than just a plant with good looks. Come and dig up more secrets about flowers in this badge. Go on a flower hunt, create a scented item to take home, and find out your own flower superhero strength! We will even see some animals that flowers depend on in order to survive. By the end of our evening, your scouts will know just why flowers and are a part of many cultures around the world. [close]
African Summer Safaris
Available select dates in June, July, and August
Have you ever wanted to take a trek through Africa? At the Indianapolis Zoo, you can! During our African Summer Safaris, you will discover the animals of Africa on this overnight adventure. This summer safari takes place at the Zoo where you will explore the big and the small animals of Africa. You'll take an after hours hike in the African Plains and go behind the scenes in the Zoo Commissary while being guided by one of our knowledgeable educators!