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
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 e-mail Group Reservations.