2021 – 2022 Themes

Scout Themes

As the sun sets on Zoo Atlanta, the fun is just beginning! Spend the night connecting to wildlife, participating in engaging activities, working toward badges*, and learning how you can help save species. Spend the night in climate-controlled, indoor facilities and wake up to the sounds of the wild! Stay and enjoy the Zoo the following day after breakfast and morning activities. Our Scout NightCrawler events are specially tailored by level so that Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts can work toward petals, badges, belt loops and pins that are relevant to them.

School and Group Themes

Grades 1st – 3rd | What’s on the Menu? 
What’s your favorite food? Do gorillas have a favorite food? Spend the night learning about wild diets and the ways we accommodate the dietary needs of animals in our care. Participants will observe and explore herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores and their diets and will compare and contrast what we eat to what Zoo animals eat. 

Grades 4th – 5th | Predator or Prey 
Practice hunting and foraging skills as participants discover how animals in the wild find food. Explore the Zoo at night and test your abilities as a nocturnal hunter and hider. Learn how Zoo Atlanta provides specially designed diets for all the animals in our care with careful consideration for how and what they eat in the wild. 

Grades 6th – 8th | Be the Animal 
From foraging for food to hunting down a scent, animals in our care are challenged in a variety of ways and through a number of activities that encourage natural behaviors and responses. Spend the evening learning about animal behavior and natural histories and unique enrichment opportunities, and create animal enrichment for some of our Zoo animals. 

Grades 9th – 12th | Dietary Dilemma 
Around the globe, animals and humans are connected and in conflict over how and where we grow and get food. Participants will explore the dynamic relationship between the food we grow and its impact on wildlife and wild places, as well as ways we can help reduce our ecological footprint. Through interactive investigations, participants will walk away with a better understanding of how we are connected and how our choices matter.