How to Plan Your Field Trip
Step 1: Determine How Many People are in Your Field Trip
You must provide at least one chaperone/teacher for every ten students at all times for grades K-12, and at least one chaperone/teacher for every five students for pre-K kids.
Step 2: Calculate Your Cost
Field trip admission is free for organized school groups of students (up to age nineteen) from schools within the corporate limits of the City of Houston, as well as Title I schools outside the city limits. Day cares, preschools, head starts, home schools, and colleges are not eligible for the free school program.
All teachers, chaperones and bus drivers need a ticket to enter the Zoo. If your school is eligible for free field trip admission, you will receive one ticket per ten students (or one ticket per five students for pre-K) for your teachers, chaperones and/or drivers. Purchase tickets for additional adults in advance. (They may use their personal zoo membership card to enter if they have one.)
For schools not eligible for free field trip admission, special discounted rates apply if you have at least 20 students:
Students Pre-K through Grade 5 – $8
Students Grade 6-12 – $11
Adults – $11
If you have less than 20 students, standard rates apply.
Step 3: Choose Dates
Decide your top three preferred dates. Free field trips are available Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We limit school reservations to prevent overcrowding and maximize your field trip experience. Late March through most of May are the busiest times for field trips. Paid (ticketed) field trips may be booked Monday – Friday, space permitting.
March 4, 11, 21
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 25, 26, 27
Step 4: Choose an Experience to Enhance Your Field Trip
We offer TEKS-aligned, interactive 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; these are add-ons in the Field Trip Request Form.
Last Step: The Field Trip Request Form
Fill out this online form and let us know your top three field trip preferred dates, how many are coming and how many tickets you will need to purchase, if any, as well as interest in box lunches, an Adventure Class or carousel tickets.
The Field Trip Request Form and payment must be received 3 weeks prior to your field trip. Payment is not taken online as part of the form; we will contact you to arrange details and payment.
We will email you within 2 business days of receiving the form. Included in the email will be payment instructions. Your trip is not confirmed until you receive the confirmation email.
Frequently Asked Questions
More Resources for Educators
Print out this checklist for each of your chaperones:
Chaperone Field Trip Checklist
Bring our Creature Quests with you to engage the students!
Creature Quests – A Fun-Filled Journey through the Zoo
Find out about more educational opportunities for educators at the Zoo:
See what’s happening on the day of your field trip:
Upcoming Events and Today’s Schedule
The Daily Schedule of more than a dozen Keeper Talks is updated each morning.
Field Trip Questions?
Contact us at 713-533-6500 during business hours and select Option 3 for field trips, or fill out a Contact Us Form.