Field Trips

Nothing inspires like a zoo field trip! Ignite curiosity as you explore geography, science, language, and culture.

Mini-Classes

Mini-classes are 20-minute programs held during your zoo field trip. Classes are led by trained volunteers.  Programs are offered every half hour beginning at 9:30 am on weekdays. No additional charge beyond zoo admission. Topics include:

Children and snake at zoo program

Down on the Farm (PreK)

Bringing Up Baby (Grade K)

Fur, Feathers, and Scales (Grade 1)

Related to Reptiles (Grade 2)

Going, Going, Gone (Grade 3)

The Web of Life (Grade 4)

Zoo Careers (Grades 5–8)

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

Field Trip Planner

Safety

Stay safe by remaining on designated zoo pathways at all times. Nametags or matching t-shirts help us reunite students who become separated from their group.

Admission

Please have your payment and head count ready when you arrive. Discounted rates are available for school groups with 15 or more children; you must enter as a group and pay in a single transaction by school check, personal check, cash, purchase order, claim form, or credit card. Paid professional school staff are admitted free with school ID when accompanying paying students.

Click here for current admission prices. Prices are updated in November so double check before you collect student payment. Outdated prices will not be honored.

Download our Field Trip planner worksheet to help you calculate zoo admission prices for your group as well as requirements for obtaining the School Group discount.

Chaperones

Plan to bring one chaperone for every five to eight students. Chaperones should know your educational goals, guide behavior, and remain with students at all times.

Parking

Please park buses at the Foellinger Theater and follow the paved walkway to the zoo. Allow at least three hours for your zoo visit.

Special Needs Students

The zoo wishes to meet the needs of all visitors. The entire zoo is accessible. Assisted Listening Devices and large print transcripts are available for education programs with advance notice. Call 260-427-6808 or e-mail education@kidszoo.org.

Feeding Animals

Feeding zoo animals is not permitted, except for the giraffes, ducks, and goats, using only food purchased at the zoo.

Rides

Plan to ride the Sky Safari, Endangered Species Carousel, River Ride, Train Ride, or Pony Ride. Tickets may be purchased at the zoo entrance on arrival. Height or age restrictions may apply. Click here for prices and details.

Lunches

Bring sack lunches, store them on your bus, and enjoy a picnic in the park. Simply check in with the cashier to reenter the zoo after lunch. Groups can also order box lunches for $5 per lunch from the zoo’s concession stand.  Call 260-427-6810 at least one week in advance to order box lunches.

Gift Shop

Order Treasure Bags filled with students’ favorite souvenirs from the Wild Things! Gift Shop and we’ll have them waiting for you when you visit. Call 260-427-6810 at least two weeks before your field trip.

School Programs Guide

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo School Programs Guide

Download our 2014-2015 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!