Field trips

Bring your students to the Oregon Zoo for an outdoor adventure that will ignite their imagination and build on classroom learning. The information on this page is designed to make the best experiences for you, your chaperones, and your students.

How to Reserve Your Field Trip

Follow the steps below to schedule your field trip experience. If you have questions, please contact 503-226-1567 for further assistance or view our FAQs.

Step 1: Meet the criteria

Ensure that your group meets our school group rate criteria and qualifies for our school group rate.

School group rate criteria

  • Any accredited public or private school, preschool through 12th grade, state-registered daycare or homeschool group from Oregon or Washington
  • Tickets are purchased at least two weeks in advance of your chosen date
  • Minimum group size is nine participants
  • Maintain a minimum ratio of 1 adult chaperone for every eight students
  • Commit to chaperoning students at all times while on the zoo grounds

School group rates

  • Ticket prices are $3/person (July – February); $4/person (March – June)
  • Chaperones pay the same rate as students
  • While tickets must be pre-purchased, if the group size changes, surplus tickets are returnable for a full refund or additional tickets can be purchased at the zoo on the day of the visit.

Step 2:  Choose a date for your visit

The zoo is open every day, except Christmas. Field trips are welcome during regular zoo hours. If you are planning to take your field trip from March to June, you will need to indicate your first and second choice for a date during registration. A confirmation email with your approved date will be sent once your order has been processed.

Step 3:  Enhance your visit by selecting a Zoo School class.

These grade-specific, themed animal presentations offer kids hands-on learning experiences while addressing core academic standards. An extra fee applies to these programs.

Step 4:  Decide if you will be eating lunch at the zoo.

 

Step 5:  Purchase admission and lunch tickets.

Use one of the following payment methods:

Oregon Zoo Attn: Admissions 4001 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, OR 97221 Fax: 503-220-2787.
  • You will be invoiced for the PO in a few weeks. Do not send payment until you receive the invoice.
  • CHECK: Mail your check with completed Advance Ticket Order Form to:
Oregon Zoo Attn: Admissions 4001 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, OR 97221
  • Remember to allow extra time when using the mail.
  • Note: Both the order form and purchase order or check must be received at the same time.

Step 6: Receive tickets

Our Admissions Office will mail your tickets and a Field Trip Information Guide within two weeks from the date of order to the address indicated on your advance ticket order form.

Step 7: Read your Field Trip Information Guide

Complete the checklist prior to your field trip date.

Step 8: Choose a fun age-appropriate chaperone activity guide.

These fun-filled guides are a great way to enhance your students' experience at the Zoo. Use the map included in each guide to chart your Zoo adventure.

Step 9: Print and distribute important information for bus drivers.

 

Step 10: Enjoy your field trip, and complete this survey.