Overnights: Rising Waters Future for Wildlife Weekends

Register Rising Waters Future for Wildlife Weekends will focus on actions that participants can do to help secure a future for some of the world’s most vulnerable species. Campers at Rising Waters stay in the Zoo’s African Savanna for an authentic safari experience. The program includes a visit with some of the Zoo’s smaller ambassador animals. Night hikes, snacks, continental style breakfast and fun (and free Zoo admission following the program) make this Rising Waters Overnight a memorable experience for all.


All Overnight Program includes:

  • Program curriculum and equipment
  • Counselors that will stay with your group through the entire program
  • Sleep in the Rising Waters tent area
  • Light evening snack
  • Secure sleeping location
  • Light breakfast
  • Admission to the Zoo and The RainForest immediately following the program
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult

For parents looking for more details or group leaders looking for key points to share with their group please use this Parents' Guide.


  • Cost of overnights is $42 per person
  • Maximum group size is 48 people for Rising Waters. Each of the six tents can sleep a maximum of 8 people (4 people sleeping on the bottom of the bunk bed and 4 people sleeping on the top bunk bed). Please keep in mind that if your group is not divisible by 8, there is a possibility that you may need to share sleeping accommodations with another group.
  • The minimum group size is 15 people. If you have less than 15 people contact the Registration Office at 216-635-3391 for availability.​
  • Children must be at least 6 years old.
  • We require at least 1 adult for every 10 children registered. For every 10 paid children one adult is admitted free. Discount for free adult is not applied in online shopping cart but will be applied before final payment.
  • A non-refundable deposit must be paid upon registration. This deposit amount is based upon number of campers in your group and is applied to your final payment.
  • Full payment and completed roster sheet are due one week prior to the overnight.
  • Participants who do not attend their scheduled overnight (no show) may not receive a refund nor may they transfer to another date. 
  • Original waivers must be brought with you the night of your program


World Giraffe Day Adventures

June 21, 22 & 24

In conjunction with World Giraffe Day (June 21, 2018), this program will run Thursday, June 21, Friday, June 22 and Sunday, June 24, 2018. This overnight will focus on giraffes and securing their future.

International Tiger and Illegal Wildlife Trade Awareness

July 26, 27 & 29

Set to coincide with International Tiger Day (July 29, 2018), this program will run on Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27 and Sunday, July 29, 2018. The focus will be on the illegal wildlife trade and its effect on Amur tigers. Ways of helping Amur tigers will be explored.

World Elephant Day Explorations

August 9, 10 & 12

In celebration of World Elephant Day (August 12, 2018), this program will run on Thursday, August 9, Friday, August 10 and Sunday, August 12, 2018. This program will focus on elephants and how we can help secure a future for them.


Program is $42 per person.


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). Please keep in mind that if your group is not divisible by 8, there is a possibility of sharing sleeping accommodations with another registered group. We will try our best to match groups with similar genders.

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, child or adult notation, 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, children and adults, 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.