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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.
To schedule your Houston Zoo field trip, follow the steps below. If you have questions, please contact our Call Center at 713-533-6550.
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.
Note: The following dates are no longer available for field trips:
March 4 – 6
March 10 – 14
March 17 – 21
April 1 – 3
April 8 – 10
April 15 – 17
April 22 – 24
April 29 –May 1
May 8 – 9
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, as well as giraffe feeding, the Wildlife Carousel and a 4-D Experience, all available to groups as add-ons to their field trip experience.
Complete the Field Trip Reservation Request Form.
The form is in Microsoft Excel format. All Field Trip Reservation Request Forms and payment must be received 3 weeks prior to the date of your field trip experience.
Email or fax in the completed Reservation Request Form.
Houston Zoo Call Center Agents will process your request and send an email confirmation to you within 2-3 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.
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.
Enjoy the Houston Zoo on your selected date!
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.
Recycle old cell phones and compete to win a chimp painting!
The Action for Apes Challenge is a yearly contest hosted by the Houston Zoo to see which school or community organization can recycle the most cell phones by April 30th, 2014. By recycling old phones with the zoo you can help protect animals like chimpanzees and gorillas that live in areas where cell phone materials are mined. The school or organization that recycles the most cell phones by April 30th, 2014 will win a one-of-a-kind painting done by the Houston Zoo’s chimpanzee troop!