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Field Trips

All field trip spots are now fully booked for spring 2016.

How to Plan Your Field Trip

Step 1: Choose Dates

All field trips are now fully booked. We limit school reservations to prevent overcrowding and maximize your field trip experience. Free field trips are available Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and paid field trips are also available on Fridays. March through May are the busiest months for field trips.

Step 2: 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 3: Calculate Your Cost

All teachers, chaperones and bus drivers need a ticket to enter the Zoo. Purchase tickets for additional adults in advance. (They may use their personal zoo membership card to enter if they have one.)

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 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, 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.


All field trip spots are booked for the spring of 2016. Just in the months of March, April and May, we have over 700 schools scheduled for field trips! Next year, register early to secure your spot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do buses park?
How does my group enter the Zoo?
What rules should we follow while at the Zoo?
What if it rains on the day of the field trip?
What do we do with our lunches?
What if we have chaperones that need to buy tickets?
What is your cancellation policy?
How do I schedule a field trip in the summer?
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Enhance your field trip with an Adventure Class or Assembly Program!

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:
Educator Webpage

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.

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Add carousel tickets to your field trip and add to the fun for your students!

Field Trip Questions?
Contact us at 713-533-6500 during business hours and select Option 3 for field trips, or e-mail Group Reservations.