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Field Trips

Please read the following information carefully, as our policies have changed for the 2016-2017 school year.

Planning Your Field Trip:

Booking & Availability

All groups requesting a field trip must complete the Field Trip Reservation Form (accessed via the button below). We limit school reservations to prevent crowding and to maximize your field trip experience. Schools qualifying for free admission are able to reserve visits Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for paid schools.

Dates in March through May are most popular and space is limited, so reserve your trip early! Autumn months are ideal to plan a visit, as the weather is mild and the animals are active.

This year, we are offering special “Back to School” rates when you reserve a September or January date! See pricing below for details.

Group Size

When reserving your tickets, carefully review how many individuals will be in your group. You must provide at least one adult chaperone for every 10 students grades K-12 and at least one adult chaperone for every five Pre-K students. The chaperone must accompany their group for the duration of the visit.

Adult chaperone tickets are provided on a complimentary basis based on the student to chaperone ratio. Teachers and staff are considered part of this ratio. Any additional adult chaperone tickets will be billed accordingly at the rates below.


Take advantage of special “Back to School” rates if you reserve a September or January date!

September OR January Rates:
All student tickets – $5
Adults – $9
Processing fee assessed on all orders – $10

Regular Rates (October – December and February – May):
Students Pre-K through Grade 5 – $9
Students Grade 6-12 – $12
Adults – $12
Processing fee assessed on all orders – $10

All students, teachers, chaperones and bus drivers need a ticket to enter the Zoo. Purchase tickets for additional adults in advance, as we are unable to add tickets to your order on the day of your visit.

Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Submitting Your Request & Payments

While completing the online form, you will be prompted to choose your top three preferred dates. We do our best to accommodate your requests if available.

Be as accurate as possible when requesting ticket quantities. Excessive amounts of unused tickets limit the amount of students who may benefit from a trip to the Zoo, and this information is notated.

Upon confirmation that your reservation has been booked, you will receive an invoice with details for payment. All field trips require a minimum $10 processing fee. Payments must be received no later than three weeks (21 days) prior to your visit. If payment has not been received by the deadline, other schools will have the opportunity to book a reservation for that date.

Exceptions for late-arriving payments cannot be made. If you are mailing a check, please ensure receipt by the Zoo no later than three weeks prior to your visit or your trip will be canceled. If you are paying for a reservation by means of a grant or other funding, it is imperative that payment be made no later than three weeks in advance.

We accept credit card payments by phone at 713-533-6500. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Cancellations & Rescheduling

All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

In the event of a cancellation, we are unable to refund the processing fee.

We do our best to accommodate rescheduling but cannot guarantee that a reschedule can be made. All reschedules are subject to a $25 reprocessing fee. Tickets issued as a result of a reschedule will not be mailed.


Field Trip Reservation Forms

Please ensure that you have read all the information on this webpage thoroughly prior to clicking through to the form.



Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Book

Who qualifies for field trips?
Which schools qualify for free field trips?
What is the best time to visit?
Who is considered a chaperone?
What is your cancellation policy?
How do I schedule a field trip in the summer?

Arrival and Check In

What if it rains on the day of our visit?
Where do buses park?
How does my group enter the Zoo?
Do I need to check-in upon arrival?
What if a student or chaperone in my group is arriving late?
What if a chaperone needs to buy a ticket?
What if I do not have enough tickets?
What if I have extra tickets?

While At The Zoo

Where can we store our lunches?
What do I do if an emergency occurs while we are at the Zoo?
What rules should we follow while at the Zoo?


For questions, please contact the Field Trip Reservation Team at 713-533-6500 or