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Scout Events & Programs

Join us for an evening of fun for scouts, prospective scouts, friends, and family! Scouts BSA members, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts will all have a great time during this all-new event. Not a scout? Come join us anyway! Local scouting representatives will be on hand to answer questions and to help you find a troop or pack near you if you are interested. 

2023 Scout Safari Night:

Details coming soon! This Spring Event will return in 2023 for members of any scouting organization, including Scouts BSA, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. More information and details (including the date) will be shared out later.


Spooky-ish Scout Family Fun Night at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular:

Details coming soon! This Fall event will return in 2023 for members of any scouting organization, including Scouts BSA, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. More information and details (including the date) will be shared out later.


Scout Night FAQs

Will the exhibits be open?

The following exhibits will be open for this event: Faces of the Rainforest, FarmYard (including contact yard), World of Adaptations, and Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek. Animals will have access to their outdoor habitats but will have free choice to be inside or outside and not all animals may be visible at any given time. Some unlit portions of the zoo may close at dark for the safety of our attendees.

Can I register my entire pack or for a large group?

Yes! Keep in mind that 1 paid adult will be required for every 4 children at the event. The person completing the registration will be responsible for ensuring each person receives one ticket to be scanned upon entry prior to the event. DO NOT JUST FORWARD ALL OF THE TICKETS IN AN EMAIL TO YOUR ENTIRE GROUP! This will cause a significant delay in checking in your group. Please print/cut the tickets and distribute to your group before queuing for the event. All group leaders/parents are responsible for their own participants and should remain together throughout the event. We strongly encourage parents to join their scouts as siblings are also welcome!

When and where are the keeper chats going to be?

The keeper chat locations and times will be marked with signs throughout the event. These will be based on keeper and animal availability and cannot be published ahead of the event.

What if I am not a member of a scouting organization?

Join us anyway! Some of your friends may be scouts and if not, maybe they will be soon! Either way, this not so spooky event is sure to be a seasonal delight to all who attend! Did we mention VIP access to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular?

Will there be food or merchandise available to purchase?

Yes! There will be food and snacks available to purchase during the event. There will also be Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular merchandise available to purchase after you complete the trail.

Will we have to wait in the line for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular?

While you may need to queue briefly before being admitted to the trail, but you will not have to wait in the long lines you may have seen if you have visited the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in the past.

When does the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Trail open?

This special event begins admitting guests at 4:30PM, but attendees should note that the actual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Trail, does not open until 6:00PM. Guests may NOT leave the event space, until the show opens, and all guests will exit via the Jack-O-Lantern Trail.

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