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The East Side of our Zoo is home to many animals that are Endangered and Vulnerable and take part in SSP’s. What is SSP?  SSP stands for Species Survival Plan. Join us and find out what we are doing to help with conservation of animals and nature. Zoo Snooze is an after-hours overnight adventure for anyone ages 6 and up!

Who? Any organized group ages 6 and up; scout groups, classrooms, youth groups, etc.  Programs require a minimum of 20 participants (or minimum payment of $1000) and can take a maximum of 50 participants.    

What? A fun, one of a kind overnight experience!  Scout groups may work towards badge requirements, school groups may work towards curriculum requirements, and general programs are also available.  

Where? Binder Park Zoo’s East Side; guests sleep in a climate-controlled classroom or choose to pitch your own free standing tent (no stakes, please) on our Snow Leopard Lawn.

When? Program begins promptly at 6:00pm and runs until 10:00am the next day (11:00am on Sundays).  Zoo Snoozes run year round. In-season Zoo Snoozes run most Friday and Saturday evenings, April 13th-October 6th, 2018.  Other dates may be available upon request.

How Much? $50 per person in-season*, $40 per person off-season*. Cost includes:

  • Overnight program
  • Admission to the zoo the following day (in-season only)
  • Live animal presentation
  • Dinner, late night snack, and continental breakfast
  • Souvenir (children only, adult items available upon request)
  • Animal enrichment making
  • Nighttime Conservation Carousel Ride

*T-shirts are available for a separate fee of $12 each.  A t-shirt order form is included in your first packet after registration or shirts may be purchased at the overnight if correct sizes are available.   

To register:  Click here for an in-season printable registration form.Registration forms may be mailed or faxed to the address or number below.  A $100 non-refundable deposit is required with registrations and will be subtracted from your final total.  Final payment is due one month prior to your overnight.  If registering within 30 days of your overnight, full payment is due with registration.    

Mail registration forms to:

Binder Park Zoo
Attn: Hannah Smedley
7400 Division Drive   
Battle Creek, MI 49014

Registration forms may also be faxed to:  (269)979-8834
OR scanned and emailed to

Payment Policy:All payments are non-refundable.  Refunds will only be given in the circumstance that Binder Park Zoo is unable to place your group in an available overnight or if Binder Park Zoo must cancel the overnight due to low enrollment or other extenuating circumstances.  Your same deposit may be used to switch dates if available, but a $25 processing fee will be charged if it is less than 60 days prior to the date of your previously scheduled overnight.  A $25 late fee is charged for any late final payments.  All groups are required to pay for at least 75% of the original number of participants registered when making the final payment 30 days prior to overnight and may not go below the minimum number.

Any questions? Please contact Hannah Smedley at (269) 979-1351 ext. 174 or email   

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