Overnights: Rising Waters (Adult)

Registration for 2018 Rising Waters Adult Overnight is now open!

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 World Elephant Day 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 23, 2018 – World Giraffe Day Adventure
  • Saturday July 28, 2018 – International Tiger Day and Illegal Wildlife Trade Awareness
  • Saturday August 11, 2018 – World Elephant Day Explorations


  • $90 for single occupancy tent
  • $170 for double occupancy tent
  • $240 for triple occupancy tent
  • $300 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 up to 8 people (4 bunk beds per tent). For the adult overnight, you reserve the entire tent for your group whether it is 1 or 8 people. For groups over 4 please call our office at 216-635-3391.

What time do the overnight programs run?
Overnights begin promptly at 7 p.m. and end the following morning at 10:00 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's the minimum age for participation?
You must be 21 to participate in the adult overnight.

What do I bring with me?
Sleeping bags and pillows are necessary, as you will be sleeping on the floor or bunk beds (Rising Waters only). 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.

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.

Why do I need to submit the waivers/roster before the night of my program?
We need to see that all the forms 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.

Where do I park/go to begin the program?
Parking is in the Zoo's Lion lot, which is across the road from the Zoo entrance. To begin the program you will carry your gear to the entrance of the Reinberger Education Center, which is up the sidewalk to the left of the main Zoo entrance. Rising Waters Participants will wait in the parking lot for the van to pick up their gear.

Do you still run the program if the weather is bad?
Our programs run in all weather conditions. We will make adjustments to the program depending on the weather to make sure that everyone is safe. In cases of severe weather emergencies (as determined by local authorities), the group leader will be contacted within 24 hours of the program start.

Can I bring my own food?
You may only bring in food for medical or special dietary reasons.

Can I bring a birthday cake?
We do allow birthday cakes. Since you might be doing the program with others, we ask that you bring enough for all participants of the program.