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

Thanks to a generous commitment from the Oregon Zoo Foundation, we are now offering third grade classes from Title 1 schools in the Portland Metro region a free field trip, ZooSchool program and a small stipend to assist with transportation costs. The Zoo School program, field activity guide and in-class activity guide focus on life cycles. The program will run from October 1, 2017 through June 8, 2018. Register here.

To qualify you must:

1. Be a teacher of third grade students;

2. Be from a Title 1 school (based on 2016/17 designation) 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 - register here.

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: Register here by submitting this application. 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: Our school qualified as a Title 1 school last year, but due to new higher caps we no longer qualify. Can we still participate in the free field trip program?
A: Yes. If your school qualified in the 2016/17 school year, you can participate in this program.  

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 and focusing on life cycles).

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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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.