Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Take a Zoo Safari and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! We offer Twilight and Overnight Safaris throughout the year, so enjoy a date night with your loved one, camp out with the family, or bring a Scout troop to experience a Zoo Safari.

Want to create a memorable experience for you and your family? Go on a Family Safari at the Zoo. This program is offered three times during the summer and includes after-hours tours, giraffe feedings, an evening snack, and animal encounters you and your family will not forget.

Stay until late evening, or camp overnight next to the lion exhibit and wake up at the Zoo. The overnight option also includes breakfast and morning activities, including animal encounters and keeper talks. Please bring your own camping gear for overnight safaris, including sleeping bags, tents (with rain flies), weather-appropriate clothing, flashlights, etc.


Dates: June 24, July 22, August 19

Times: 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. (Twilight), 6:30 p.m.–10:30 a.m. (Overnight)

Cost: $40/person, $35/person for SB Zoo Members (Twilight); $70/person, $60/person for SB Zoo Members (Overnight)

Does a wild night at the Zoo with a group of friends sound like fun to you? Try an Overnight Safari! This experience is great for scout troops and friend groups alike. You’ll explore the Zoo after hours, encounter some cool animals, tour behind-the-scenes areas, create enrichment for one of the animals, camp near the lions, and enjoy a train ride and giraffe feeding. Evening snack and catered pancake breakfast are included. Please bring your own camping gear for overnight, including sleeping bags, tents (with rain flies), weather-appropriate clothing, flashlights, etc.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 a.m. (overnight)

Cost: $70/person, minimum 15 participants

If you belong to a Scout group looking to complete merit badges/patches or would like to book a private overnight, contact our Education team by email or phone: (805) 962-5339 for special pricing and customized curriculum.

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Explore Science Nature Kits

Want to extend your Zoo visit and have an animal experience in your own home? Sign up for the Zoo’s new subscription box program today!

Critter Kit (ages 3–7): Each kit includes a special letter from a biologist, veterinarian, or zookeeper introducing that month’s critter. You will also receive a handpicked book, plush friend, activity sheet, and stickers introducing your child to that special critter.

Nature Explorers (ages 7–12): Each kit includes several new science tools and a special letter from a biologist, veterinarian, or zookeeper explaining what those tools are and how they work. You will also receive directions for three experiments using those tools and a discovery card with more ideas for exploring your world using those tools.


Got adventure in your soul? Take an Explore Trip with us.

Zoo Camp

Let your child spend some time on the wild side!


We welcome your child to the award-winning camps at the Santa Barbara Zoo! Every day, your child will participate in one or more of the following: animal encounters, train rides, crafts, science activities, Zoo tours, songs, and more fun surprises!

What will your child discover?

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Kids Club

Let your kids fall in love with the Zoo! While you enjoy a date night with your sweetheart or best pal, your kids will love an evening packed with animal-themed activities. Includes pizza dinner and a snack. Children must be toilet-trained.

2017 Kids Club Calendar
February 11: Valentine’s Day
April 22: Spring Into Fun
June 10: S’mores Summer
July 8: Wild Nights
August 4: Fiesta Friday
October 28: August Assembly
December 31: New Year’s Eve

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Want to be zookeeper for a day?

Or go behind the scenes at the Zoo?

Meet some of the Zoo’s animals in a unique guest experience.

Field Trips

Are you looking for a wild field trip? The outdoor learning experience at the Santa Barbara Zoo complements your in-class lessons, while your students get first-hand knowledge of the natural world.

Enhance your trip with a giraffe feeding, train ride, animal encounter, or a visit to our animal kitchen.

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Homeschool Science

homeschool Join our hands-on, experiential program for homeschoolers (ages 4-15) in a semester of science at the Santa Barbara Zoo! Our interactive approach fulfills California standards by introducing age-specific content and developing research skills. Over each 8-week semester, we help students explore as scientists and field biologists, recording observations, evaluating problems, and developing solutions. Classes are grouped by age; fall and spring semesters offered.

This semester’s theme is Ecosystems. Students will learn about global and cultural geography, worldwide biomes, plants, animals, biodiversity, and conservation efforts that are made both globally and locally in the morning class.  S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) challenges focus on problem solving and team building during the optional afternoon practicum.

2017 Schedule

Spring semester: March 2–April 28 (no class March 30 & 31)
Fall Semester: September 28–November 17

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