Science Behind the Scenes: Oregon Zoo (September 2014)

The zoo after hours is a lively place! Get a backstage tour of the Oregon Zoo in Portland on the evening of Saturday, September 13, 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, September 13, 2014
- Saturday at 4:45pm: Arrive at Gate E in the Oregon Zoo parking lot
- Event ends at 10:00 pm

Where: Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR,

Cost: $40 - Register online (Note: Choosing Yes on the Meetup RSVP does NOT register you for the event! You must pay online in advance at the link above.)


What you get:
- Access to the Oregon Zoo after hours
- Hospital behind-the-scenes tour
- Animal kitchen tour
- Big cats tour and/or elephant tour
- Bats activity
- Contact experience with reptiles

General Info:
- Adults only, ages 18 and over please.
- EAT DINNER BEFORE YOU ARRIVE! There will be a small snack 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.

To Bring:
- This is Oregon and we will be mostly outside, so please plan for rain if it seems likely.
- We will spend several hours walking and standing, so please wear comfortable shoes.
- It's not strictly necessary, but you may want to bring a small flashlight or headlamp for walking around after dark.

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

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 10, 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

See photos of the Science Behind the Scenes: Oregon Zoo event held on April 19, 2014.


Science Behind the Scenes is run by Via Productions, LLC

*Photo credit: Asian elephant calf Lily and her big brother Samudra play in a sand pile at the Oregon Zoo. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Kathy Street

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is Gate E? I can't find it, and don't see it on the Zoo map.

    September 13

  • Shirley A.

    I would also like to be able to go, if at all possible, if not I will catch the next one. Thank you.

    September 13

  • Barry W. K.

    Heather already sold her ticket.

    September 13

  • Barry W. K.

    Can I buy my ticket at the entrance?

    September 12

    • Amanda T.

      Hi Barry, I've already given the list of attendees to the Zoo (they need to know in advance), but I know that one of the participants was interested in selling a ticket. See Heather's comment below. If that doesn't work out, please send me a message and we'll see if we can figure something out.

      September 12

    • Heather

      Sold it.

      September 13

  • Kristin

    We need to rent a wheelchair or a scooter. I know that the zoo offers this during regular hours, but can we use this service for this event?

    September 10

    • Amanda T.

      I just heard back from them and they say they can indeed make that available to you! Just let me know when you check in at arrival.

      September 10

    • Amanda T.

      Actually, a bit more information: A wheelchair can be provided for free, but the scooter will be $25. Let me know!

      September 10

  • Kate V.

    I'll probably be there, but as a volunteer at the zoo rather than with your group!

    May 24, 2014

  • Amanda T.

    Note: I've changed the date from Saturday, September 6 to Saturday, September 13.

    May 6, 2014

  • NancyK

    Will there be a similar event for under 21?

    April 30, 2014

    • Amanda T.

      Hi Nancy, I'm definitely considering it. What's the age of the youngsters you'd like to bring to this?

      May 1, 2014

    • NancyK

      She's 11 and quite driven to be a veterinarian.

      May 1, 2014

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