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Field Trips

Zoo Field Trips

We’re glad you’re thinking of visiting the Houston Zoo with your students or educational youth group. The Zoo is an outdoor learning laboratory that can complement your classroom lessons in many ways. The resources on this page are provided to help make the best experience for you, your chaperones, and your students.

How to Reserve Your Field Trip

Determine the admission rate for your group.

Zoo admission is free for organized school groups Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for students up to age nineteen from schools within the corporate limits of the City of Houston and Title I classified campuses. Unfortunately, day cares, pre-schools, head starts, home schools, and colleges are not eligible for the free school program. Bus drivers transporting school field trips will be required to purchase a ticket to enter the Zoo.

Choose a date for your visit.
We limit school reservations to 2,500 youth per day to maximize your field trip experience. Late March through most of May are the busiest times for field trips. The Zoo is open every day except December 25.

The following dates are not available for field trips:
October 16, 23, 30
November 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 17-19, 23-27
December 1
January 5, 18
February 2, 15
March 1
April 5, 14
May 3

Choose a program or experience to add to your field trip.
We have TEKS-aligned, interactive classes and assembly programs that include animal artifacts and live animal presentations. You can also purchase tickets to ride the Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel or select box lunch options for your group, all available to groups as add-ons to your field trip experience.

Complete the Field Trip Reservation Request Form.
All Field Trip Reservation Request Forms and payment must be received 3 weeks prior to the date of your field trip experience.



Complete Reservation Request Form.
Houston Zoo Call Center Agents will process your request and send an email confirmation to you within 2 business days of receiving the Field Trip Reservation Request Form. Included in the confirmation will be payment instructions. Your trip is not confirmed until you receive the confirmation email.

Bring our Creature Quests with you to engage the students.

Creature Quests

Remember Chaperone Ratios.
We require at least one (1) chaperone for every ten (10) students at all times for K-12, and at least one (1) chaperone for every five (5) students for pre-school.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the bus park?
How does my group enter the Zoo?
What are the rules we should follow while at the Zoo?
What do we do if it rains on the day of the field trip?
What do we do with our lunches?
What do we do if we have chaperones that need to pay for tickets?
What is your cancellation policy?
How do I schedule a field trip in the summer?

Additional Field trip Links

Educator Page

Chaperone Field Trip Checklist and Map

Creature Quests – A Fun-Filled Journey through the Zoo

Latest news and Today’s Keeper Chat Schedule

Enhance Your Field Trip With the Zoo App

Don’t forget to check here to find out the daily activities happening at the Zoo, or download the iPhone or Android app to help you plan your trip.