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

3. Participate in both a field trip and the Just Grow Up  ZooSchool program.  All programming costs (field trip, ZooSchool, and bus costs) become the responsibility of the school for failure to meet this requirement.

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.