Nothing inspires like a zoo field trip! Ignite curiosity as you explore geography, science, language, and culture.
Try a Mini-Class!
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:
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 email@example.com or 260-427-6808.
Just Zoo It Mini Grant
Thanks to a generous gift from Touchstone Energy Cooperatives – Your Local REMC’s, schools in qualifying areas or counties are eligible for a mini-grant to cover half the cost of your 2017 zoo field trip. Click the link below for details and to see if your school qualifies. Applications are due January 29, 2017.
Find out if your school qualifies for this program.
Download and print the Guidelines and Application page.
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 Outdated prices will not be honored.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 – After unloading students, please park buses at the Foellinger Theater. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Feeding Animals – Feeding zoo animals is not permitted, except for the giraffes 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 Trail. Tickets may be purchased at the zoo entrance on arrival. Height or age restrictions may apply. Click here for prices and details.
- Lunches – Order box lunches at least one week in advance of your field trip and enjoy them in our new Parkview Physicians Group Pavilions in the African Journey. Paid professional school staff receive a free box lunch with school ID when accompanying paying students. No outside food is allowed in the Parkview Physicians Group Pavilions. To order box lunches please call 260-427-6800 and ask for Group Sales.
- 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.
For a complete look at all the zoo has to offer, pick up a School Program Guide! Inside, you’ll find essential Field Trip information, details on free programs, plus valuable coupons!