august, 2018

03aug(aug 3)7:00 pm04(aug 4)9:00 amFamily Camp OutSold Out!


Event Details

Family Camp Out is SOLD OUT.  We are excited by the response this program received, and we expect we’ll be announcing additional dates moving forward.

You’ve experienced the zoo in the cool mornings, the hot afternoons, and even in a whole new light with Summer Nights. Now, you can view the zoo when the lights go out in the first Red River Zoo Family Camp Out!

At Red River Zoo’s Family Camp Out, you and your family will camp out on the zoo’s lawn while spending the evening learning about wildlife and outdoor recreation.

Participants and families with children ages four and older will experience unique activities including special animal encounters, ghost story competitions, an ongoing movie marathon, camp-related workshops, and a special Lights Out Night Tour.  In the morning, wake up for our Early Bird tour and see the animals as they start their day.

Dinner, evening snack, and a small breakfast will be provided by the Red River Zoo.

The Family Camp Out will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 3rd and end at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4th. At the conclusion of the Family Camp Out, all participants will receive a full-day admission pass to the Red River Zoo for August 4th.

Registration and Pricing:

 Children attending the family camp out must be ages four and older. A minimum of one adult over the age of 18 is required per group of (5) child campers.

All campers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or chaperone at all times.

$25 per Adult camper

$15 per Child camper (ages 12 and under)

$75 Family Camper Bundle; includes admission up to four campers.

Successful completion of the registration form and payment reserves your spot within the Family Camp Out. Available spots are limited to the first 100 campers. Registration will close (3) days before the scheduled date. Reserve your spot now!

**A Media Waiver and release form will be required to complete prior to the Family Camp Out date. This waiver will be emailed to all reserved participants upon completion of registration and payment. All campers under the age of 18 will need a legal parent or guardian to sign their media waiver and release form. **

Online registration materials will be available on Monday, July 16th by 5:00 p.m.


 Cancellations will be accepted with a full refund no later than (1) week prior to the Family Camp Out date. Cancellations after (1) week prior to the Family Camp Out will not be eligible for a refund.

Cancellation may be made no later than (1) week prior to the camp date by the Red River Zoo in case of severe weather conditions. All campers will be notified and distributed a full refund in the case of a severe weather cancellation.

What to Bring: 

  • A comfortable tent for an appropriate sized group. Tents can be rented for an additional fee of $15 per tent while supplies last. The provided tents fit up to 3 people.
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, or other sleeping materials (pillow, floor mat, etc. items you may prefer)
  • Basic toiletries. Shower services will not be provided.
  • Earplugs or headphones (if needed)
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bug spray or sunscreen
  • Reusable Water bottles are highly recommended.


Outlet availability for electronic devices is not guaranteed. Please ensure all electronic devices you may bring are charged accordingly before entering the zoo.

The Red River Zoo is not responsible for loss of property. Please ensure all information or devices of interest on your person is secure at all times. If lost, there will be a lost and found location in the front office of the zoo. You may also contact the Education Director Bryan Vasquez at (701) 277-9240 ext. 310 or by our email as soon as possible for questions or inquiries on lost articles.

Guidelines to keep in mind while within the Red River Zoo: 

  • Outside food or drink items are not allowed within the Red River Zoo, with the exception of water. If additional food or drink is needed outside of the dinner and breakfast provided within the camp, you may purchase items from the Dancing Crane Café.  If a camper has dietary restrictions or allergies please contact the Education Director Bryan Vasquez no later than one (1) week prior to your scheduled visit so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • No smoking or tobacco products are allowed on zoo grounds at any time. Families will not be able to exit the zoo during the Camp out, so participants should prepare necessary accommodations prior to entering the zoo for the duration of the Camp out.
  • No alcohol is allowed on Zoo grounds at any time.
  • Participants must follow zoo staff direction at all times. Participants are not allowed behind guardrails, into service areas of exhibits, or into restricted areas without confirmation from the zoo staff.
  • The Red River Zoo front office will officially close at 9:00 p.m. Any arrivals later than 9:00 p.m. will not be given access to the zoo unless approved prior to 9:00 p.m. by the Red River Zoo Education Director, Bryan Vasquez. If you know you or a member of your party will arrive later than 9:00 p.m., notify Bryan Vasquez as soon as possible at (701) 277-9240 ext. 310 or
  • At the end of camp, please clean up your campsite as reasonably as possible. Littering is not welcome by the animals, staff members, or guests.


Inappropriate behavior or violation of Red River Zoo guidelines may result in removal from Red River Zoo property, depending on severity. Remember, we are guests in the animals’ home and need to respect their need for privacy and safety!


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where will we sleep?

o   Tents will be located in our large field area near the front office of the Red River Zoo, South to the carousel. Space is limited, so please bring a tent to accommodate for your size.

  • What if I need to leave the zoo during the Family Camp Out?

o   The Red River Zoo will be closed to the public during this event.  The zoo will be secured and campers will be unable to exit or reenter the zoo without an escort from 9pm-7am. Families may leave in case of emergency by notifying the staff and will be assisted off-grounds.  Please accommodate for a full night of fun!

  • What animals will we see?

o   Specific animals we may encounter is not guaranteed, but we are guaranteed to see several animals. Please note some animals may be sleeping, off exhibit, or hidden for various reasons. While we must respect the animals’ need for beauty sleep, we will explore where our nocturnal animals’ may wander.

  • Where do we park when we arrive?

o   All campers should park in the front parking lot of the Red River Zoo and enter through the front office location. Please check in with the front office to verify your reservation, then join us near the carousel to set up your campsite.


3 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 4 (Saturday) 9:00 am


Red River Zoo

4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo, ND 58104