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 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 nine participants
  • Purchase and maintain a minimum ratio of 1 adult chaperone for every eight students. Membership benefits can not be applied to school group admission
  • Commit to chaperoning students at all times while on the zoo grounds

School group rates

  • Admission prices are $5 per person. Title 1 schools receive a discount on school group admission. The discount will apply automatically in the cart. Please contact the Education Office if there are any problems.
  • Chaperones pay the same rate as students, miniumum one chaperone per every eight students. Additional chaperones are permitted at the school group rate.
  • Membership benefits cannot be used for school group admissions.
  • Please make your best guess regarding attendance. Any unused admissions from the day of your field trip will be held as a credit on that ticket, valid for one year. If you require additional tickets, you may purchase them at the school group rate on the day of your visit. Refunds on school group tickets are not available.

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 one week in advance of your visit. Orders not paid one week in advance will be cancelled.

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: Read your Field Trip Information Guide

This guide contains important information about your field trip including emergency information and FAQs.

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 6: Print and distribute information on car parking and other transportation options.

 

Step 7: 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.