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Available Dates
Binder Park Zoo offers Overnight Safaris nearly every Friday and Saturday of our season! 

The table below lists our 2016 dates.  Other dates may be available upon request.  A date is listed as “Open” until a group has registered for an evening.  The first group to register for a specific evening gets to pick the age or scout level and program.  Once a level and program have been set, only groups of the same level wishing to do the same program may register for that overnight.  The last column shows the total number of spaces that remain for an overnight.     

Please keep in mind that overnights are registered daily, therefore this table may not be completely accurate.  If possible, pick multiple dates for your group. 

Date Program Spaces Left


Overnight Safari Program Topics  

Binder Park Zoo’s Overnight Safari program offers a wide range of programs for scouts, schools, and groups.  A description of each program is listed below and specific scout badge information is located at the bottom of the page.  Are you interested in a particular subject not listed below?  Custom programs may be available, please contact the zoo for more details!  

African Olympics: Introduce your group to the culture and wildlife of Africa by competing in your very own African Olympics!  

African Wildlife Awareness: African wildlife is so diverse; learn about wild and domestic animals in Africa. Find out what is being done to help the endangered species and stop African poachers.

Animal SENSE-ability!:  Ever wonder how an African Dog can smell so well?  Do you know how well an Antelope can hear?  Discover how our senses compare to our animal friends and how they use their senses to communicate, all while experiencing the sights and sounds of Wild Africa.

Circle of Life: Have you ever wanted to experience Africa without traveling halfway across the world?  Guests will learn about African animals, habitats, food chains, and culture, all without boarding a plane!

Survive Your Safari: Would you be able to survive the struggles of a true African safari?  Put your skills to the test as you help plan a safari, map out your adventure and cross over quicksand.  Only the strong will survive!  

Twilight Safari:  This nighttime adventure is a thrill seeking experience for anyone wanting to learn about African animals after dark! Challenge yourself to use your night vision the way nocturnal animals do.

Scout Badge Information:
The table below lists what programs are available for each scout level, as well as what badges and requirements the programs aim to cover. Some Girl Scout levels can be combined and work towards each levels badge, some levels cannot based on badge requirements. Please contact a Zoo Educator for more information.

Scout Level



Brownie Girl Scouts

African Olympics

Making Games Badge: #1-4

Animal SENSE-ability!

Senses Badge: #1-5

Survive Your Safari!

Hiker Badge: #1-5

Junior Girl Scouts

African Wildlife Awareness

Animal Habitats Badge: #1, #2, #3, #5

Survive Your Safari!

Camper Badge: #1, #2, #4, #5

Cadette Girl Scouts

Survive Your Safari!

Trailblazing Badge: #1, #3, #4, #5

Twilight Safari

Night Owl Badge: #1-5

Senior Girl Scouts

African Olympics

Game Visionary Badge: #1-5

Tiger Cub Scouts

African Olympics

Tigers Game Play: #1, #2, #3, #5

Survive Your Safari!

Tigers in the Wild: #1-7

Twilight Safari

Sky is the Limit: #1-6

Wolf Cub Scouts

African Olympics

Running with the Pack: #2-5


Howling at the Moon: #1-4

Survive Your Safari!

Call of the Wild: #1, #3-7

Twilight Safari

Paws on the Path: #1-8

Bear Cub Scouts

Survive Your Safari!

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns: #1-6

Webelo Cub Scouts


Into the Woods: #1-4, #6, #7

Survive Your Safari!

Into the Wild: #4-9

Boy Scouts

African Wildlife Awareness

Nature Merit Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4a (partial), #4b (partial), #4c (partial), #4g (partial)

Birds of a Feather

Bird Study Merit Badge: #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, #7a, #8a

Forest Night

Forestry Merit Badge: #1, #2b, #3a, #5a, #6a #6b

Insect Study

Insect Study Merit Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #8, #9, #10

Mammal Study

Mammal Study Merit Badge: #1, #2, #4g

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7, #9a, #10

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