Safari Sleepovers

Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Go on a Zoo Safari Sleepover and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! Camp out with the family, Scout troop, or 4th grade class to experience the Santa Barbara Zoo…overnight.

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.

Camp overnight next to the lion exhibit and wake up at the Zoo. Safari Sleepovers include breakfast and morning activities, including animal encounters and keeper talks. Please bring your own camping gear for overnight safaris, including sleeping bags, weather-appropriate clothing, flashlights, etc. No showers are available and access to electricity is limited: hairdryers are not allowed.


Dates: June 23, July 21 & August 18

Time: 6:30 p.m.–10:30 a.m. (next day)

Cost:  $70/person, $60/person for SB Zoo Members

Twilight Option available
Time: 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $40/person, $35/person for SB Zoo Members

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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; Scout troops $60/person

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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Classes learn about animals and California history and sleep under the stars during this program tailor-made for California 4th graders. Teachers, bring your students to the Zoo for a fun break from the classroom without forfeiting standards—the Zoo program connects to both Next Generation Science Standards and California Common Core.

4th grade Sleepover programs are only held Thursday evenings through Friday mornings during the academic year.

Cost: $50/student or chaperone. One chaperone free/15 paid students.
Minimum of 15 paid participants. Includes admission to the Zoo on Friday

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Kids Club

Parents, take the evening off while your kids take over the Zoo and enjoy dinner, s’mores, special animal encounters, and more fun activities. Includes pizza dinner and a snack. Children must be toilet-trained.

Kids Club Calendar
February 10: Valentine’s Day
March 3: Monkey around in March
April 20: Spring Into Fun
June 9: Summer Starter
August 3: TGIFiesta Friday
October 27: Autumn Assembly

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Scout Saturdays

2018 Calendar

June 16: Girl Scout Saturday

Grab your gear, pack your lunch and bring your Scouting friends for an exciting and fun Scout workshop at the Zoo. Work towards completing your adventures (Cub Scouts) or earning your Silver Environmental Science Merit Badge (Boy Scouts). Meet new friends, learn about animals and have a blast!

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!


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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!

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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Zoo School

homeschool Join our hands-on, experiential program for early education learners (ages 3-5) and homeschool students (ages 3-15). Our interactive approach fulfills California standards by introducing age-specific content and developing research skills. Over each 8-week session, students explore as field biologists, recording observations, evaluating problems, and developing solutions. Classes are grouped by age.
You must be a Santa Barbara Zoo Member to participate in the Zoo School program.

2018 Schedule
Winter Session (Biodiversity): February 2–March 23
Spring Session (Water): April 5–May 25
Fall Session (Nutrition for Plants, Animals, and People): September 27–November 15

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