PLEASE NOTE: this program is not currently available.
Thanks to a generous commitment from the Oregon Zoo Foundation, we are offering third grade classes from Title 1 oublic schools in the Portland Metro region a free field trip, live animal program (Just Grow Up) in your school's classroom(s) and a $100 stipend to assist with transportation costs. All activities focus on the topic of life cycles. The program will run from October through early June 7.
This program is not being scheduled for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Please check back in September for information on school yeear 2020-21 availability.
To qualify you must:
1. Be a teacher of third grade students;
2. Be from a Title 1 school (based on 2018/19 designation) in one of the following Portland-area districts:
- David Douglas
- Forest Grove
- Lake Oswego
- North Clackamas
- Oregon City
- West Linn-Wilsonville
3. Participate in all funding requirements; 1) have a Just Grow Up! live animal program delivered in your classroom and 2) bring your students on a field trip to the Oregon Zoo within two weeks following your ZooSchool presentation. All programming costs (field trip, ZooSchool, and bus costs) become the responsibility of the school for failure to meet this requirement.
4. Register at least three weeks in advance of your desired field trip date.
Are there any programs for other grades in Title 1 schools?
Any Title 1 school can receive discounted field trip admission by applying online, regardless of grade or district.
How do I reserve my free field trip and Just Grow Up! program?
Register by clicking on the link above at least 3 weeks in advance of your desired field trip date. The zoo will begin taking reservations in mid-September. All requests will be processed within ten business days. You will receive a confirmation e-mail as soon as the field trip and Just Grow Up! program request has been processed.
How many students and chaperones can I bring on the field trip?
Each class will be given a single ticket valid for up to 36 admissions (teacher, students, and chaperones). Teachers are required to maintain a minimum ratio of 1 adult for every eight students.
We have a blended class. Can my younger students participate in the field trip and classroom program?
Yes. All students from a blended 2/3 or 3/4 classroom are invited to visit the zoo and participate in the Just Grow Up program.
We want to visit the zoo but don’t want to participate in the Just Grow Up! program at our school. Can we still access the free field trip?
No. Schools are required to participate in both the zoo field trip and Just Grow Up! classroom program to access the free funding.
How many students can participate in the Just Grow Up! classroom program?
The Just Grow Up! program is limited to 32 students per class.
Can we pick a different live animal program?
No. This offer is only valid for the Just Grow Up! program.
There isn’t enough time in our day to accommodate the number of third grade classrooms at our school. Can I schedule two classes concurrently?
Yes, if necessary we can accommodate two concurrent programs.
We want to ride the train/ carousel. How do we get tickets?
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.
How do I purchase additional chaperone tickets?
The grant funds up 36 total admission tickets per class.
Additional tickets can be purchased on the day of your field trip at the discunted Title 1 rate.
Two buses are required to transport our third grade classes to the zoo. Do we get a $100 stipend for each bus?
No. Regardless of the number of buses, each school is entitled to only one transportation stipend.
Our classes want to come on separate days? Can we do that and get more than one transportation stipend?
No. Each school is entitled to only one transportation stipend.
How do I access the $100 transportation stipend?
A check for $100 will be mailed to your school within 45 days after the date of your scheduled field trip.
We are coming in cars. Do we qualify for the stipend?
Yes. Every school will be offered a stipend. It is up to each school to decide how funds will be allocated and distributed.