Where the World is Your Classroom!

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Enhance your students’ learning with a field trip where the Zoo is your living classroom! Field trips to the Zoo are available year round every day of the week.

Field Trips are $6.50 per student with every chaperone per 10 students free. Any additional chaperones above the 1 to 10 policy are also $6.50.

*2017-2018 Field Trip Registration is NOW OPEN!*

Register Here!

 

Need help? Please email us or call 513-559-7767.

What Can We Do at the Zoo?

School Programs

Close Encounters School Programs
No stuffy lectures here, these programs for grades PreK-8 introduce students to live animals while sharpening students’ sensory and observation skills as well as supporting Tri-State academic standards. Animal Demonstrations are the perfect way to supplement your Zoo visit! Learn More >

CREW Programs
Guided tours are conducted through the CREW building. Visitors will see scientists in action within the labs and/or surgical suite while the guide explains CREW’s ongoing projects with both plants and animals. Available for grades 6-adult. Learn More >

Green Tours
Sign up your students to learn about the Zoo’s Green Initiatives during a walking tour of the Zoo! Learn More >

Self-Guided Activities

These standards-based, multi-curricular activities are meant to be a la cart so teachers can choose which topics and subjects they want their students to explore.
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Animal Encounters & Shows

Get up close and personal with some of our animals around the park or learn in depth information at exhibits from our zookeepers! Schedules change seasonally.
Get the schedule >

Wild Discover Zones

Visit one of our 6 curriculum-based Zones at key exhibits to learn more about our zoo animals and conservation initiatives! Open seasonally from April 1st – October 31st.

Wild Discover ZoneLocationZone Theme
ReptilesEast side of Reptile HouseReptiles are a very diverse class of animals and are important to the ecosystem as both predators
and prey.
Elephant ReserveNear the exhibit pavilionElephants are a great example of a keystones species because of their ability to "bio-engineer" their habitat in ways that other plants and animals rely on to survive and thrive.
Gorilla WorldEntire exhibitConnection with wildlife can create conservation action and learning about the Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla residents can help create that connection and respect.
Africa!Located all around the exhibit spacePeople and wildlife live together in coexistence on the African Savannah.
Pollination StationAcross from entrance to World of the InsectThe process of pollination is essential to plant reproduction, the health of an ecosystem and to people as well.

4-D Theater and Rides

School groups can add on rides and 4-D theater tickets at a special discounted rate!

4-D Theater Pass (good for one show) – $1.00

Rides Pass (unlimited rides!) for Train and Carousel – $4.00

Zoo Adventure Ticket (both 4-D Theater & Rides) – $5.00

*Attractions Discounts only apply when added during field trip registration. Regular prices apply if purchased once in the Zoo*

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School Lunches

School lunches are available for purchase during your registration process. These lunches will be available for pick up at a designated location. Instructions will be sent to you in a separate email detailing the location and our meal count/cancellation policy. Must purchase a minimum of 25 lunches.
Lunch OptionPrice
Economy School Pizza Lunch
Choose from cheese pizza or pepperoni pizza. Each person will receive one (1) slice of pizza, a small bag of chips & bottled water. The minimum number of lunches you must purchase is twenty-five (25).
$4.00 per person
School Pizza Lunch
Choose from cheese pizza or pepperoni pizza. Each person will receive two (2) slices of pizza, a small bag of chips & bottled water. The minimum number of lunches you must purchase is twenty-five (25).
$6.00 per person
School PB&J or Hot Dog
Choose either Uncrustable PB&J sandwiches or Hot Dogs. You may choose all PB&J, all hotdogs, or half PB&B & half hotdogs. Each person will receive one (1) sandwich, pretzels, mini carrots, and bottled water. The minimum number of lunches you must purchase is twenty-five (25).
$5.50 per person
To purchase school lunches, please call 513-559-7767

Field Trip FAQs

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Field trips are available year-round, 7 days a week. The Zoo is open for schools from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. except between Memorial Day and Labor Day when it is open from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.

When may I schedule a field trip to the Zoo?

Registration for 2017-2018 school trips opens August 1st. You may call 513-559-7767  to schedule between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.or leave a message. You can also register online. The earlier you schedule, the greater the availability of field trip dates. Some days in April and May sell out.

What is the cost of a field trip?

Tickets are $6.50 per student. For every 10 students you bring, you will receive one free adult teacher/chaperone. Any additional teachers/adults beyond this free 1 to 10 policy are also $6.50. The Zoo accommodates students with special needs by offering free admission for adults in the role of IEP-mandated 1:1 assistant.

Do you have any financial aid available?

The Zoo is proud to offer free field trip grants through the Living Classroom Education Access Fund. To find out more information and if you qualify, click here.  *Applications for 2017-2018 school year open August 1st*

When/how do I pay for my field trip?

Payment is only accepted the day of the field trip at the Admissions Booth. This allows for last minute adjustments to your totals up to the minute you leave for your trip. We accept cash, credit, check, or Purchase Order for total group payment. If paying with a PO, you must bring a copy of the actual PO; PO numbers will not be accepted. If paying with a credit card, we do not accept credit information over the phone, the credit card needs to be presented for payment. Over-payments of $10 or less will not be refunded. Over-payments of $10 or more will be refunded by check and will be mailed.

What if I need to reschedule/cancel my field trip?

There is no fee to reschedule or cancel your trip. Please call 513-559-7767 to let us know as soon as possible.

What should we do about lunch?

There are several lunch options for your field trip:

  • There are general dining options around the Zoo to purchase lunch. Base Camp Cafe is open year-round with other options open seasonally and weather-dependent. For a full list of Zoo dining options, click here.
  • School Group Lunches are available to purchase for groups of 25 or more, Monday-Friday. Group choices include an Economy Pizza Lunch ($4.00 per person), a School Pizza Lunch ($6.00 per person), Hot Dog Lunch ($5.50 per person), or Peanut Butter & Jelly (5.50 per person). To find out more, call 513-559-7767.
  • Visitors are allowed to bring outside food into the Zoo. We strongly encourage students to pack a sack lunch and either carry it themselves or have a chaperone carry it for the group in a bag, as space to store lunches is limited to the Safari Camp Shelters and is limited to first come, first serve OR to groups that have rented a shelter space for the day. This also prevents adults from having to carry large coolers or boxes through the Zoo to the designated picnic location.
  • Where to eat: Picnic shelters can be reserved for large groups for a fee by calling 513-559-7767. Otherwise, they are first come, first serve. There are also smaller picnic areas scattered throughout Zoo grounds for smaller groups to eat. For the easiest lunch experience, we encourage each school group to carry their lunches with them and sit wherever they find a spot to eat at their convenience.

Where should we park?

When you register for your field trip, you will receive a confirmation packet that includes directions and maps for parking. Buses may park for free, but any additional chaperone vehicles will be charged the Zoo parking fee of $10.00 per vehicle upon exiting the parking lot. Due to the high volume of school buses, during April, May and June all non-bus vehicles are required to park in general parking areas of the Zoo. See confirmation packet for details.

What are the Field Trip Rules & Policies for the Zoo?

    • Registration for a Cincinnati Zoo Field Trip constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth. Upon entry to the Zoo, school groups grant the Zoological Society of Cincinnati (the “Zoo”) permission to use images or media of anyone in the school group in advertising, publicity and other promotions without payment or compensation to holder. The school group voluntarily assumes all risk of personal injury (including but not limited to death) and loss of property, by accident or otherwise, incidental to attending the Zoo and using its rides, attractions and facilities, and agrees that the Zoo, its directors, officers, employees, and agents are not responsible for and shall not be liable for any such injuries or losses, no matter how caused. Entry to the Zoo evidences a revocable license to enter the Zoo’s property, and this license may be revoked (and the holders ejected from the Zoo’s property) at the sole discretion of the Zoo, without refund, if misused or if the holder fails to abide by the policies, rules or regulations of the Zoo. Such policies, among other things, prohibit the possession and/or use of controlled substances and intoxicants on Zoo property. Park hours, prices, policies, and programs are all subject to change without notice.
    • One chaperone per ten students is required. Students in grades PreK-12 must be supervised by their chaperone at all times. Unsupervised groups may be detained by Zoo staff or security until their chaperone is located.
    • All school groups must respect Zoo animals and property. Climbing on rails or fences, littering, picking plants or flowers, tapping on windows, screaming at exhibit animals, unauthorized feeding of exhibit animals, chasing free-roaming peacocks, ducks, chickens, or geese are all grounds for dismissal from Zoo grounds without a refund.
    • Cincinnati Zoo Memberships may not be used for school group entry or rides and attractions. This policy exists to make our school discount possible. Charging students and chaperones $6 per person allows us to accommodate a lot more schools in the area and sometimes up to 3,000 students and teachers per day. As the Zoo has over 55,000 member households, allowing members to use their pass when they are with a school, on a field trip, would cut our educational funding significantly and possibly restrict the amount of schools we can accept in day. Further, this revenue makes our low cost field trips & free educational programs inside the Zoo possible- such as the various keeper encounters and the Close Encounters program given just for school children, daily. Many Zoos, Aquariums, and Museums follow the same policy to help support their educational programs.