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Field Trips

Zoo Field Trips

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.


How to Reserve Your Field Trip

There are no longer any dates available for field trips. Check with us in August to book your field trip for the 2014-2015 school year. Thank you!

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.

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.

The registration form will be available in August for the 2014-2015 school year.

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.
Creature Quests

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the bus park?
After dropping students and teachers off at the front entry plaza, bus drivers will proceed to park in the middle parking lot, in front of the Hermann Park Train Station. If parking is not available, there is additional parking along the curb of Hermann Park Dr. adjacent to the Houston Zoo. Here is a detailed map of the Zoo with bus parking locations.

Bus Parking Map


How does my group enter the Zoo?

What are the rules we should follow while at the Zoo?
What do we do if it rains on the day of the field trip?
What do we do with our lunches?
What do we do if we have chaperones that need to pay for tickets?
What is your cancellation policy?
How do I schedule a field trip in the summer?

Additional Field trip Links

Teacher Field Trip Advice, Checklist and Map

Chaperone Field Trip Checklist and Map

Creature Quests – A Fun-Filled Journey through the Zoo

Latest news and Today’s Keeper Chat Schedule


Enhance Your Field Trip With the Zoo App

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.

    

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