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

Please read carefully as some of our policies have changed.


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 all of the school group rate criteria and qualifies for the school group rate.

School group rate criteria

  • Any accredited public or private school, preschool through 12th grade; state-registered daycare; college or university; or homeschool group from Oregon or Washington
  • School group rates do not apply to camps
  • Visit is scheduled at least two weeks in advance of your chosen date
  • Minimum group size is 15 participants
  • Purchase and maintain a minimum ratio of 1 adult chaperone for every eight students.

School group rates and ticketing information

  • Admission prices are $6 per person with a minimum two weeks notice advance reservation. Title 1 schools receive a 50% discount on school group admission.  This rate is only available with advance registration.
  • Tickets purchased on the day of your field trip are:
            $14.36/ person for adults (ages 12 and up)
            $10.36/ person for youth (ages 3-11)
  • Chaperones and teachers pay the same rate as students, miniumum one chaperone per every eight students.
  • School group rates are valid Monday through Friday only, September 1 through June 12. The school rate is not available on weekends or during the summer.
  • School group tickets are only valid on the date of your scheduleid field trip and are non-refundable.
  • Membership benefits can not be applied to school group admission

Step 2: Reserve your field trip date

Click here to make reservations for your school group. After scheduling, you will receive an email confirmation that is your ticket. Payment at registration is not required; however, full payment is due at least two weeks in advance of your visit. 

Are you modifying or paying for an existing reservation? Click here to log in to your account, make changes and/or pay for your trip.

Step 3: Print and distribute the zoo's Field Trip Guide.


Step 4: Choose an age-appropriate Eco Explorers field trip activity guide and accompanying Classroom Connections teacher resource.

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.

Grade: Preschool: Critter Coverings Field Trip Activity Guide (for students) and Classroom Connections (for teachers)
Grade K: Animal Habitats
Field Trip Activity Guide (for students) and Classroom Connections (for teachers)
Grade 1: Adaptations to Weather
Field Trip Activity Guide (for students) and Classroom Connections (for teachers)
Grade 2: Biodiversity
Field Trip Activity Guide  (for students) and Classroom Connections (for teachers)
Grade 3
: Life Cycles Field Trip Activity Guide (for students) and Classroom Connections (for teachers)
Grade 4: Adaptations Field Trip Activity Guide (for students) and Classroom Connections (for teachers)
Grade 5: Food Webs Field Trip Activity Guide (for students) and Classroom Connections (for teachers)

Step 5: Print and distribute information on car parking and other transportation options or information on school bus loading and unloading.

 

Step 6: 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.