Science Behind the Scenes: Oregon Zoo

The zoo after hours is a lively place! Get a backstage tour of the Oregon Zoo in Portland on the evening of Saturday, April 19, 2014. This adults-only event will allow you to explore the exhibits, interact with animals, and get a peek at what happens at the zoo after dark.

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014
- Saturday at 4:45pm: Arrive at Gate E in the Oregon Zoo parking lot
- Event ends at 10:00 pm

Cost: $40 - Online registration through Constant Contact

An RSVP is not enough! You must register and pay in advance to come to this event.

What you get:
- Access to the Oregon Zoo after hours
- Hospital behind-the-scenes tour
- Animal kitchen tour
- Predators of the Serengeti Exhibit Design tour
- Big cats tour and/or elephant tour (there were just lions born so the big cats area may be off limits, but the baby elephant is old enough to have that area back on the schedule)
- Bats activity
- Contact experience with reptiles

General Info:
- Adults only, ages 21 and over please.
- EAT DINNER BEFORE YOU ARRIVE! There will be a small snack with hot cocoa partway through the evening, but there will be no dinner served.
- There is no smoking or alcohol allowed anywhere on the Oregon Zoo property.
- There is limited availability for this trip with a maximum of 75 people.
- Transportation to or from the Oregon Zoo is not included.

Payment Information:
Payment of $40 per person is due upon registration, first come, first served. Online registration and payment can be made online through Constant Contact, or in person by cash, check, or credit card. Contact us for details.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cancelation/Refund information:
- Participants who have to cancel are highly encouraged to find a replacement
- The $40 per person payment is fully refundable if canceled at least 30 calendar days in advance
- If canceled between 15-30 calendar days in advance, 50% of the payment will be refunded
- If canceled 1-15 calendar days in advance, no payment will be refunded
- No amount will be refunded on account of weather and/or circumstances outside of the organizer's control

To Bring:
- Warm and/or waterproof clothes for walking around outside at night

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  • Rebecca

    Really fun event and informative too. Appreciated the small group tours and Seth our zoo host was exceptionally informed. Overall 5 stars!

    April 21, 2014

  • Amanda T.

    Hey everyone! I've posted some photos from Saturday night above, and you can see the full set of photos taken by Scott Frey here:
    (Scott was in the group with me and led by Zoo staff member Cody).

    If you have any photos from the event, please feel free to post them here too. I'd love to see them!


    April 21, 2014

  • Sparkle W.

    We loved this meet up. It was very informative, while letting our inner child come out and play. The hostess Amanda was very nice, and very organized which we really appricate. Our tour guide Rachel was very nice as well, and has help ignite my volunteering spirit. We highly recommend this meet up. :-D

    2 · April 20, 2014

    • Amanda T.

      Thanks! I'm so glad you had a good time! :-)

      April 21, 2014

  • Sparkle W.

    We had so much fun!! Thank you to the hostess and to the group that my wife and I were in, you all made us feel welcome and it was great getting to know all if you. We hope see you all at another event.

    April 20, 2014

  • Jenni D

    Sorry I can't go! A friend is in town this weekend and I want to hang out with him. :)

    April 18, 2014

  • Lauren L.

    If anyone has to cancel up until the event, I would love to go as a replacement! (missed the registration deadline)

    April 17, 2014

  • Jesika A.

    This sounds great, but I already have prior plans. Hope to see this come up again sometime though!

    April 15, 2014

  • Sparkle W.


    February 25, 2014

  • Bonnie

    I have ballet tix the same day.

    February 23, 2014

  • Bonnie

    I have ballet tix the same day.

    February 23, 2014

  • Valerie

    Sounds fun!

    February 10, 2014

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