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Field Trips

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now open! Read below for details.

Booking & Availability

All groups requesting a field trip must complete the field trip reservation request form. We limit school reservations to prevent overcrowding and to maximize your field trip experience. Schools qualifying for free admission may reserve visits Monday – Thursday. Fridays are reserved for schools with paid admission tickets. Dates in March – May are most popular, and space is limited, so reserve your trip as soon as possible! October, November and February are ideal months to plan a visit, as the weather is mild and the animals are active. Availability is subject to change.

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 ten students, grades K-12, and at least one adult chaperone for every five Pre-K students. Chaperones must accompany their groups for the duration of the visit.

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


Students – $11
Adult Chaperones – $14
Processing fee assessed on all orders – $15

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. Discounted tickets are not available for purchase at the gate.

*NEW* Add Wildlife Carousel rides to your order for $2 per ticket. Email and reference your invoice number to receive this special pricing.

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

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 number of students who may benefit from a trip to the Zoo.

Upon confirmation that your reservation has been booked, you will receive an invoice with details for payment. All field trips require a minimum $15 processing fee. Payments must be received no later than three weeks (21 days) prior to your visit. Any requests for changes after your invoice is received must be made in writing and sent to

Exceptions for late payment 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 cancelled.

We are unable to accept field trip payments at the Zoo. Check by mail or credit card payment, via the link below, are the only forms of payment accepted.

If you have received an invoice and are prepared to make a payment, please click the button below.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Cancellations & Rescheduling

All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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

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

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 must I do if an emergency occurs while we are at the Zoo?
What rules should we follow during our visit?


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