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

Show the Zoo Preview presentation in your classroom to prepare your students for their visit. This presentation will provide information about how our construction projects might impact your field trip.

Note: Our walruses will be off exhibit for the next several weeks while their pool is under repair.

Enhance your field trip with a Discovery Program led by a Zoo Educator. Students will have the opportunity to learn a little bit more about one of a specific animal, habitat or group of animals here at Point Defiance. Time is included for a hands on experience with our vast collection of pelts, skulls and other amazing biofacts.

Use our Field Trip Activities to help your students take what they've learned a step further.

Schedule your Field Trip online now! 

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

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.

Learn more about Zoo to You.

Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.