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Winter programs for Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Winter Twilights

Animals in Winter for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts

Discover how animals stay warm when the weather gets cold. Learn about a variety of adaptations animals have made for dealing with winter in this special winter twilight for scouts. The program includes learning about animals, a hands-on activity and entrance to Christmas at the Zoo after the program.

Cost: $35 for scouts and $25 for adult leaders (At least one adult must attend per 10 youth participants.)

December 9 or 15 (5-6:30pm)

All participants must be at least 6 years old.

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Summer Safaris - on hold

Please check back for future opportunities.

Have you ever wanted to take an evening trek through the wild? At the Indianapolis Zoo, you can! During our Summer Safaris, you will discover the animals of Africa and beyond on this overnight adventure. 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. Perfect for younger, older, or mixed age Girl Scout troops, BSA, or other groups. Available select dates in June, July, and Aug.

Girl Scout Overnights

Bunk for a Badge

Bunk for a Badge Overnights are on hold. Please check back with us for other scout program offerings for summer of 2022.

The Bunk for a Badge program is specifically designed for Girl Scout Juniors and Brownies! Your scouts will have fun earning a badge while spending the night at the Zoo.

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.

Only registered scouts, their leaders and parents are permitted for this program. Arrival time is 6pm. The next morning after breakfast, groups can stay and explore the Zoo all day.

Additional Overnight Information

Your program fees include Zoo and White River Gardens admission, parking fees, all activities, spending the night at the Zoo and a catered breakfast buffet.

Generally, your group will be joined by others. The maximum number of participants for a Bunk for a Badge is 45. The maximum number of participants for a Summer Safari is 75.

Please note that our overnights also have minimal attendance requirements, and the Zoo reserves the right to cancel due to participation numbers that do not meet our minimums. We will notify you at least two weeks in advance if we need to cancel.

Overnight guests sleep on the floor in one of our indoor event spaces. Air mattresses are welcome. Bathroom facilities are available but no showers.

For all overnights, the first group to register gets to select the topic. Please note that the Zoo reserves the right to change any programming as necessary, including anything listed above. Also, please understand that we are not equipped to mix and match the activities.

Other questions? Contact the Education Staff.

Important Requirements for Participation

  • Participants must be at least 6 years old to participate in any Indianapolis Zoo overnight program.
  • All participants must have a signed waiver of liability before beginning the program. Participants under the age of 18 must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • All school and scout groups must provide a certificate of liability insurance.
  • Please note that our overnights have minimum attendance requirements (35 for Nocturnal Adventure and Summer Safari and 25 for Bunk for a Badge programs). If you have a smaller group, please consider signing up for a date with another group.
  • Group overnights require a deposit of $100 due at time of registration with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to your overnight.