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After-Hours Programs 

After Hour Programs are the perfect outing for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth groups, birthday parties, family reunions, and more!

After Hour Programs run from March through June. Questions? Contact ua at Education@bpzoo.org by phone at 508.991.4556.

Sold out for 2024!

CRITTER CAMP-IN (AGES 6 & UP)

Have you ever wondered what happens at the Zoo after the zookeepers go home? Reserve one of our after-hours programs and see the Zoo in a different light…flashlight!

Groups can choose from a variety of themes that include fun activities, animal encounters, guided tours, and more!

Programs begin promptly at 6:00 pm and end at approximately 9:00 am the following morning.

Participants are provided a pizza dinner and dessert, animal encounters, a nighttime Zoo tour, popcorn snack, a movie, a light breakfast, and a morning Zoo tour. Everyone will receive a T-shirt and patch!

Price: $80 per person (adult or child ages 6+)

Groups must have a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 50 participants. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation. Full payment and forms must be received at least two weeks prior to the event. One chaperone over the age of 18 is required for every five participants under the age of 18.

More information about Critter Camp-Ins

What to bring 

Please make every effort to only bring what can be carried in one trip.
□ Sleeping bag □ Pillow □ Change of clothes □ Pajamas
□ Toothbrush □ Toothpaste □ Comb/Hairbrush □ Deodorant
□ Sleeping pad/Cot/Inflatable mattress (optional)
We do not allow children to bring cell phones, iPads, gaming devices, or any other electronic items to Critter Camp-Ins. We ask that you not bring food to your overnight event. If you need to bring your own food due to medical, cultural, or religious reasons, please discuss this before your Camp-In with the Overnight Coordinator.

What to wear:
Each individual should wear outerwear and shoes suitable for an outdoor walk around the zoo grounds in all weather conditions. A glow-in-the-dark t-shirt will be handed out for participants to wear during the tour and take home with them. Please be aware that the Zoo does not have shower facilities.

Medications:
All medications are the responsibility of chaperones. If medications require refrigeration, please discuss this beforehand with the Overnight Coordinator.

Meals:
Cheese pizza, water, and lemonade will be served for dinner followed by an ice cream
dessert. In the morning, a variety of cereal, fruit, milk, and orange juice will be offered.
Coffee will be available for adults. Barring any medical or cultural dietary restrictions, all participants will enjoy the above listed foods. Any restrictions are the responsibility of chaperones and should be discussed with the Overnight Coordinator prior to your Camp-In. A fridge and microwave will be provided upon request for those that need to bring their own
meals.

Creature Feature:
To end the evening, an animal-themed feature film will be shown and popcorn provided. Critter Camp-In participants will sleep in our climate controlled classrooms on carpeted floors. A staff member will sleep across the hall and a night watchman will be on zoo grounds at all times during your visit.

Chaperones:
While we hope that chaperones have just as much fun as the children, we ask that they be active in supervision and discipline (if necessary) so that staff can concentrate on education and activities.

Critter Camp In FAQs

Where will we sleep?
Participants will spend the night in our secure education classrooms carpeted with economy grade carpet. The overnight staff member will sleep across the hall and a night watchman will be on zoo grounds at all times.

Should we bring flashlights?
During the night hike, red-lens flashlights will be carried by your tour leaders. It is essential that only red-lens flashlights be used because most animals cannot see red light. Other flashlights on the tour will be a distraction to both the group and the animals. However, if participants would feel more comfortable with flashlights near them in the sleeping area, please feel free to bring them along.

Can I bring the payment and forms with me on the night of our event?
Once the deposit has been submitted, the Overnight Coordinator will send our online After Hours Programs Agreement Form to the primary contact for your group. It is the
responsibility of the primary contact to distribute the link to all participants. The agreement forms must be completed and the payment must be sent to the Overnight Coordinator two weeks prior to your event. If a participant does not complete the form in the allotted time, they will not be allowed to attend the Critter Camp-In.

What happens if it rains?
The tour will continue as planned, so please be sure to bring appropriate clothing if rain is in the forecast. If your program must be cancelled due to severe weather, your group will be given the opportunity to reschedule or receive a refund.

Should I bring money to the overnight?
A patch and glow-in-the-dark t-shirt is included in the cost of your overnight program and will be distributed before the tour begins. Critter Camp-Ins end at 8:00 am, and the Zoo and the North Woods Gift Store does not open until 9:00am. Zoo admission for the day before or after your program is not included in the cost of the Critter Camp-In.

TWILIGHT TOURS

Want all the fun of an overnight while still enjoying the comfort of your own bed? Twilight Tours are ideal for younger children, birthday parties, school nights, or adult groups interested in an after-hours zoo experience. Twilight Tours include a pizza dinner, an animal encounter, a nighttime tour of the Zoo, and a patch.

Price: $35 per person (adult or child)

Groups must have a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 50 participants. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation. Full payment and forms must be received at least two weeks prior to the event. One chaperone over the age of 18 is required for every five participants under the age of 18.

More information about Twlight Tours

What to bring:
We do not allow children to bring cell phones, iPads, gaming devices, or other electronic items to Twilight Tours.
The Zoo will provide dinner during the Twilight Tour program. We ask that you do not bring food to the event. If you need to bring your own food due to medical, cultural, or religious reasons, please discuss this before your program with the Overnight Coordinator.

What to wear:
Each individual should wear outerwear and shoes suitable for an outdoor walk around the Zoo grounds in all weather conditions.

Twilight Tour Schedule
6:00-6:30 Arrival and Dinner
6:30-7:00 Animal Encounter
7:00-8:15 Twilight Tour and Activities
8:15-8:30 Ice Cream Farewell

Medications
All medications are the responsibility of chaperones. If medications require refrigeration, please discuss this beforehand with the Overnight Coordinator.

Meals
Cheese pizza, water, and lemonade will be served for dinner followed by an ice cream
dessert. Barring any medical or cultural dietary restrictions, all participants will enjoy the above listed foods. Any restrictions are the responsibility of chaperones and should be discussed with the program coordinator prior to your Twilight Tour. A fridge and microwave
will be provided upon request for those that need to bring their own meals.

Chaperones
While we hope that chaperones have just as much fun as the children, we ask that they be active in supervision and discipline (if necessary) so that staff can concentrate on education and activities.

Twilight Tours FAQs

Should we bring flashlights?
During the night hike, red-lens flashlights will be carried by your tour leader. It is essential that only red-lens flashlights be used because most animals cannot see red light. Other flashlights on the tour will be a distraction to both the group and the animals.

Can I bring the payment and forms with me on the night of our event?
Once the deposit has been submitted, the Overnight Coordinator will send our online After Hours Agreement Form to the primary contact for your group. It is the responsibility of the primary contact to distribute the link to all participants. The agreement forms must be completed and the payment must be sent to the Overnight Coordinator two weeks prior to your event. If a participant does not complete the form in the allotted time, they will not be allowed to attend the Twilight Tour.

What happens if it rains?
The tour will continue as planned, so please be sure to bring appropriate clothing if rain is in the forecast. If your program must be cancelled due to severe weather, your group will be given the opportunity to reschedule or receive a refund.

Can I visit the Zoo before the Twilight Tour?
You are welcome to visit the Zoo and the North Woods Gift Store on your own time before the Twilight Tour, but please keep in mind that the Zoo closes at 4:00 p.m. and the Twilight Tour does not begin until 6:00 p.m. You will not be allowed to wait inside the Zoo for the Twilight Tour to begin. Daytime zoo admission is not included in the cost of the Twilight Tour.

DEJA ZOO – ESCAPE EXPERIENCE

Tired of virtual get-togethers? Escape the Zoom! Get your team of up to 10 players and head over to the Buttonwood Park Zoo to see if you have what it takes to solve puzzles, decode clues, conquer challenges, and work together in order to stop your timer and earn a place in our Hall of Fame!

Escape experiences take place after the zoo has closed.

Each experience lasts 90 minutes and costs $300.

Deja Zoo is unavailable for 2024

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