Free field trip program for 3rd grade classes at Title 1 Schools

Thanks to a generous commitment from the Oregon Zoo Foundation, we will be offering third grade classes from Title 1 schools in the Portland Metro region a free field trip, ZooSchool program (Just Grow Up!) and a small stipend to assist with transportation costs. The program will run from October 1, 2017 through June 8, 2018.

To qualify you must:

1. Be a teacher of third grade students;

2. Be from a Title 1 (SWP) school in one of the following Portland-area districts: 

  • Beaverton
  • Canby
  • Centennial
  • Colten
  • David Douglas
  • Forest Grove
  • Gresham-Barlow
  • Hillsboro
  • Lake Oswego
  • Molalla
  • North Clackamas
  • Oregon City
  • Parkrose
  • Portland
  • Reynolds
  • Sherwood
  • Tigard-Tualatin
  • West Linn-Wilsonville

Registration is required, and will open in August. 

More information will be e-mailed to teachers in mid-August, and the registration form will be posted on this page. In the meantime, if your question is not answered below, you may direct questions to Alison Heimowitz, School and Teacher Liaison, at 503-220-5774 or


Q: How do I reserve my free field trip and ZooSchool program?
A: The zoo will begin taking reservations in late August. An e-mail directing teachers to an on-line reservation form will be sent in mid-August, and it will be posted on this page. All requests will be processed within ten business days. You will receive a confirmation e-mail as soon as the field trip and ZooSchool program request have been processed.

Q: We have a blended class. Can everyone come for free?
A: YES. All students from a blended 2/3 or 3/4 classroom are invited to visit the zoo and participate in our Just Grow Up ZooSchool.

Q: We want to visit the zoo but don’t want to participate in the ZooSchool program. Can we still come for free?
A: No. Schools are required to participate in both the zoo field trip and ZooSchool program to access the free funding.

Q: Can we pick a different ZooSchool program?
A: No, This offer is only valid for the Just Grow Up! ZooSchool program (geared to third graders).

Q: We are bringing multiple classrooms and only have a limited time at the zoo. Can our ZooSchools happen concurrently?
A: Yes, we can accommodate two concurrent ZooSchool programs.

Q: We want to ride the train or carousel. How do we get tickets?
A: Train and carousel tickets can be purchased at the school group rate of $2.50/person on the day of your visit. A ticket is required for every rider.

Q: How many students and chaperones can I bring?
A: One adult for every eight students will be free. Additional chaperones may participate at the school group rate of $4/person. The ZooSchool classes are limited to 32 students per class.

Q: How do I purchase additional chaperone tickets?
A: Additional tickets can be purchased for $4/person on the day of your field trip at the school group entry ticket window.

Q: Two buses are required to transport our third grade classes to the zoo. Do we get a $100 stipend for each bus?
A: No, regardless of the number of buses, each school is only entitled to one transportation stipend.

Q: Our classes want to come on separate days. Can we do that and get more than one transportation stipend?
A: No, each school is entitled to only one transportation stipend.

Q: How do I access the $100 transportation stipend?
A: A check for $100 will be mailed to either your school or district within 45 days after the date of your scheduled field trip.

Q: We are coming in cars. Do we qualify for the stipend?
A: Yes. Every school will be offered a stipend. It is up to each school to decide how funds will be allocated and distributed.