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, field trip activities, the soon to be launched Waste-Free Lunch Challenge and the new Field Trip Exploration Stations program.
   

Note: The Rocky Shores exhibit is closed for renovations until early April 2017. 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.