Life Science LIVE!
Whether you would like to bring your students to the Zoo or invite us to your classroom, we'll help you to make the most of your wildlife learning experience!
At the Zoo
Bring your students to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium at a discounted School Group rate. Follow the Book Your Trip link below for more information and to make a reservation.
- Book Your Trip online.
- Visit our Teacher Resources page to find out about new and temporary exhibits, and the new Field Trip Exploration Stations.
- Find out how to take the Waste-Free Field Trip Lunch Challenge and win a classroom visit from one of our Animal Ambassadors.
Note: The Rocky Shores exhibit has been under renovation since fall 2016. Visitors now have access to the underwater exhibits while the work is being completed, however some animals may not be on exhibit. Walruses can still be viewed from above their main pool.
Field Trip Scholarships
Tacoma elementary schools with at least 60% of their students receiving free or reduced lunches are eligible to apply for a field trip scholarship.
Download Tacoma K-5 Scholarship Application
Tacoma Head Start and ECEAP preschool programs are also eligible for free field trip admission.
Download Tacoma Head Start / ECEAAP Scholarship Application
We will begin accepting applications on September 1st, 2016 for 2017 field trips.
At Your School
Invite the Zoo to your school! A professional Zoo Educator will visit your classroom to support your life science curriculum.
We'll bring our expert knowledge, opportunities for hands-on discovery and a live animal ambassador.
Information regarding fees and program options for a variety of venues and organizations are available when you select Book a Program on the Zoo to School page.