Overnights: Rising Waters (Adult)

Register Rising Waters Adult Nights are three different Future for Wildlife adventures designed for adults. These special overnights are: World Giraffe Day Adventure, International Tiger Day and Illegal Wildlife Trade Awareness, and Rhino Conservation Exploration. Campers at Rising Waters stay in the Zoo’s African Savanna for an authentic safari experience. Each evening is complete with a BBQ dinner, night hikes, snacks, a cash bar, gourmet s’mores, and fun (and free Zoo admission following the program!) A Rising Waters Adult Night is sure to be a memorable night out.


Night includes:

  • B-B-Q style Dinner
  • Cash Bar
  • A visit with expert Zoo staff during cocktail hour and dinner
  • Make your own gourmet s'mores
  • Continental style breakfast
  • Behind the scenes tour in one of our animal areas

By Request:

  • Vegetarian option available please call 216.635.3391
  • For more than 4 people in a tent please call 216.635.3391


  • Must be 21 to attend this program
  • Tents sleep a maximum of 8 people
  • Full payment is due upon registration, roster sheet is due eight (8) days prior to the overnight, Original waivers must be brought the night of the program.
  • Original waivers need to be turned in prior to the program
  • Participants who do not attend their scheduled overnight (no show) may not receive a refund nor may they transfer to another date. 


  • Saturday June 22, 2019 – World Giraffe Day Adventure
  • Saturday July 20, 2019 – International Tiger Day and Illegal Wildlife Trade Awareness
  • Saturday August 17, 2019 – Rhino Conservation Explorations


  • $100 for single occupancy tent
  • $180 for double occupancy tent
  • $255 for triple occupancy tent
  • $320 for quad occupancy tent


Where do we sleep for Rising Waters?

The Sleeping area for Rising Waters is the Rising Waters Safari Camp in tents that sleep 8 people (4 bunk beds per tent). 

What time do the overnight programs run?

Overnights begin promptly at 7 p.m. and end the following morning at 10 a.m. Due to safety and security reasons we cannot accommodate any participant needing to arrive or leave between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.

What do I bring with me?

Sleeping bags and pillows are necessary.  Camping mats are provided. Please be sure to pack appropriate clothing for the predicted weather (sleepwear, change of clothes, towel, wash cloth, toiletries, outdoor garments, and comfortable shoes). The program runs rain or shine.  You must also bring the original signed waiver/emergency treatment release forms for each and every member of your group.

When is my roster of attendees due?

Your roster of attendees including your group's name and any medical or dietary needs must be submitted no later than eight (8) days prior to your scheduled program along with your final payment in-full.

Do I need to have a waiver/emergency treatment release form?

Waiver/emergency treatment release forms must be filled out and signed on both sides. ALL participants are required to have his/her own form. No one will be permitted to attend an overnight program without a completed waiver/emergency form on file. Original signed forms must be brought with you to your overnight date.


Why do I need to submit the waiver/emergency treatment release form.

We need to see that all the are completed and signed as directed by Cleveland Metroparks Legal Department. We need to know of any special dietary/medical accommodations or medical equipment usage.

Can the group visit the Zoo after their program?

Participants are welcome to stay in The RainForest and/or Zoo immediately following their program. Each participant will be given a wristband that is valid for that day only if they are remaining in the Zoo.

If we are staying in the Zoo after the program, what do we do with our gear? 

One of the first morning activities is to gather your gear and load it into one of the Zoo vans to be transported to the parking lot, where you will load it into your vehicles. If you will not have vehicles available first thing in the morning, please call the registration office at 216-635-3391.