Field Trips

School Progams Guide cover image 2013-2014

School Programs Guide

Download a copy of the 2013-2014 Zoo School Programs Guide for a complete look at all the zoo has to offer!  Inside, you’ll find essential Field Trip information, details on free programs, plus valuable coupons!

Admission Prices

See current admission prices for school groups.

Zoo Activity Packets

These resource packets are filled with ideas for pre-visit, at-the-zoo, and post-visit activities-all related to a particular topic. Zoo Activity Packets lend focus to your field trip and make it an educational experience. Many packets correlate with Field Trip Mini-Classes.  Download your Zoo Activity Packet.

Quick Lessons

Use these one or two page scavenger hunts, observations guides, and worksheets on your next zoo field trip! Quick Lessons can lend an educational focus to your visit and keep your students on task while they’re at the zoo.  Download your Quick Lessons.


Mini-classes are 20-minute programs held during your zoo field trip. Classes are led by trained volunteers. Topics correlate with many of the Zoo Activity Packets and Discovery Boxes. Programs are offered every half hour beginning at 9:30 am on weekdays. No additional charge beyond zoo admission. Topics include:

  • Down on the Farm (PreK)
  • Bringing Up Baby (Grade K)
  • Fur, Feathers, and Scales (Grade 1)
  • Savannah Survivors (Grades 1-5)
  • Related to Reptiles (Grade 2)
  • Ocean Life (Grades 2-6)
  • Going, Going, Gone (Grade 3)
  • The Web of Life (Grade 4)
  • Animals Have Class (Grade 5)
  • Zoo Careers (Grades 5–8)

To schedule your Mini-Class, contact the zoo Education Department at or 260-427-6808.

Box Lunches

Enjoy a tasty break during your zoo field trip by ordering box lunches for your group from the zoo’s concessions.  Orders must be placed at least one week in advance and must be paid for on the day of your visit. Call (260) 427-1080 or send an e-mail to place your order.

Treasure Bags

The zoo’s Wild Things Gift Shop offers souvenir Treasure Bags as a convenience to teachers and students. Order Treasure Bags at least two weeks before your field trip and we’ll have them waiting for you on the day of your visit. Treasure Bags contain student favorites like pens, pencils, stickers, tattoos, fans, erasers, plastic animals, and more. To order, e-mail the Wild Things Gift Shop, call 260-427-6810 or FAX 260-427-6814.