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OFF-SEASON OVERNIGHT PROGRAMS

Off-Season Zoo Snooze:
Are you looking for a fun way to get rid of the winter blues?  Bundle up your scout, youth, or school group and come spend the night at Binder Park Zoo!  Guests will participate in activities, see a live animal presentation, and play exciting indoor and outdoor games.  Dress for the weather as we will be spending some time outdoors exploring the wonders of a Michigan winter! A wide variety of programs are available.

Who? Any organized group ages 6 and up; scout groups, youth groups, classrooms, etc.  Programs require a minimum of 20 participants and can take up to 50 participants maximum. 

What? A fun, one of a kind overnight experience!  Overnight program includes a live animal presentation, late night snack, light breakfast, carousel ride, souvenir cup, and souvenir patch.  T-shirts may be purchased for an additional fee.  Scout groups may work towards badge requirements, school groups may work towards curriculum requirements, and general programs are also available. See Available Topics Below.

Where? Binder Park Zoo’s East Side; Wild Africa is closed for the season.

When? Programs run from 6:45pm until 10:00am the next day and are available from November-early April.  Please contact us for date availability. 

How Much? $35 per person

To register: Contact Kristy Shaw at 269-979-1351 ext. 174 or kshaw@binderparkzoo.org for available dates and topics.  Registrations must take place at least 30 days in advance and a $100 deposit is due with registration. Click here for registration form.


 

Winter Zoo Snooze Scout/Group Topics

Program Topics/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. 

Scout Level

Program

Badge/Requirements

Brownie Girl Scouts

Wilderness Survival

Hiker Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

 

Zoolympics

Making Games Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4

 

ZSI-Zoo Scene Investigation

Senses Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

Junior Girl Scouts

Animals and Us

Animals Habitats Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

 

Wilderness Survival

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

 

ZSI-Zoo Scene Investigation

Detective Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

Cadette Girl Scouts

Act Like the Animals

Public Speaker Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

 

Animals and Us

Animal Helpers Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

 

Nature at Night

Night Owl Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

 

Wilderness Survival

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

 

ZSI-Zoo Scene Investigation

Special Agent Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

Senior Girl Scouts

Act Like the Animals

Troupe Performer Badge: #2, #3, #4, #5

 

Animals and Us

Voice for Animals Badge: #1, #2, #4, #5

 

Zoolympics

Game Visionary Badge: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

Tiger Cub Scouts

So You Want to be a Naturalist?

Let’s Go Outdoors! D, G; Electives 31, 32, 35, and 42.

Wolf Cub Scouts

Birds of a Feather

 Birds (Elective 13): A(partial), B, C, D, E

 

Protecting Your World

Your Living World Achievement: 7a, 7b, 7e, 7f(partial)

 

So You Want to be a Naturalist?

Let’s Go Camping (Elective 23)!: A, B, C, D, G

Bear Cub Scouts

So You Want to be a Naturalist?

Sharing Your World with Wildlife Achievement 5: A(partial), B(partial), C, D, E

Webelo Cub Scouts

Act Like the Animals

Showman Badge: #2, #3, #5, #6, #9, #11, #19

 

So You Want to be a Naturalist?

Naturalist Badge: #1b, #4, #7, #9, #10. #12(partial)

Cub Scout Packs

So You Want to be a Naturalist?

Various requirements will be met for each level of Cub Scouts.

 

Wildlife Adventure

Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop #1, #2, #3; Academic Pin #1, #3, #5, #7

Boy Scouts

Birds of a Feather

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

 

Mammal Study

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

 

So You Want to be a Naturalist?

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


Program Descriptions:

Act like the Animals: Do you think people are the only ones able to put on a show?  Experience a one-of-a-kind overnight that gives groups a chance to write, design, and perform their own animal-themed play. 

Birds of a Feather:  Do you know why some birds leave in the fall, while others stay all winter?  Have you ever wondered what kinds of birds live around the world?  Discover the wondrous world of birds in this exciting overnight adventure. 

Mammalogy:  Discover the intriguing world of mammals, and get a chance to learn some important identification techniques used by scientists. 

Protecting Your World:  Do you think you have what it takes to help save the planet?  Explore how our actions affect everything around us and what you can do to help protect the world we live in. 

So You Want to Be a Naturalist?: Do you think you have what it takes to study the natural world?  Get down and dirty while discovering the exciting world of plants and animals, all while putting your own naturalist skills to the test. 

Wildlife Adventure:  Do you know how animals protect themselves? Do you know how we can help them?  Groups will take a closer look into the world of animals, and discover some amazing facts along the way.

Wilderness Survival: Would you be able to survive a night out in the wild?  Put your skills to the test on this animal adventure, only the strong will survive! 

ZSI-Zoo Scene Investigation!: Do you have what it takes to be a great investigator?  Learn about important investigative techniques, including the power of observation, teamwork skills, and the use of all senses, then put those skills to the test to solve a zoo mystery! 

Zoolympics!: Test your competitive side by creating and competing in your very own Olympic activities!

 
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