Adventure & Discovery
Let’s face it – a muskox won’t fit in your classroom and tigers are cooler in person. It’s time to make your science curriculum come to life with a field trip to the Zoo.
Before you request your field trip, be sure to read through the FAQs and other important information further down on this page.
Learning Comes Alive
Live animals, real zookeepers, science, fun and nature – all in one spot! Read on to learn more about our field trip rate, scholarships, requirements and eligibility, and to find resources to help get your class ready for a zoo visit.
Field Trip Rates, Requirements & Scholarships
To qualify for the field trip rate, you must meet the following criteria:
- Submit an online request form in advance.
- Be a public/private school (Pre K – High School), college/university, or homeschool co-op.
- Bring a minimum of 12 paying students. (If your school would be bringing fewer than 12 students, please reach out to email@example.com to see if accommodations can be made.)
- Have a 1:5 chaperone ratio. One adult chaperone for every 5 students (pre-K through grade 12)
- Pay for ticket order at least 15 days in advance of the visit date.
- $11 each for students and chaperones.
- One free teacher ticket for each classroom attending the field trip.
- One free ticket for each 1:1 caregiver who is required to assist a student with a disability or behavioral issue.
- One $5 group processing fee per order (NOT per ticket).
Groups who do not qualify for the field trip rate may be eligible for a discounted group rate.
Thanks to support from The Zoo Society, limited scholarships are available for the 2023-24 school year.
Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
- Public schools (pre-K-12) in the following school districts: Tacoma, Clover Park, and Franklin Pierce
- Headstart and ECEAP programs in the following school districts: Tacoma, Clover Park, and Franklin Pierce
- Schools with 60% or more of students receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible for a full scholarship
- Full Scholarship includes: free admission for 1 teacher for each classroom attending, free admission for all students, and free admission for 1 adult chaperone for every 5 students
- Once approved, you will receive instructions for requesting reimbursement for bussing, which will be provided as funds allow.
- Schools with 40-59% of students receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible for a partial scholarship
- Partial Scholarship includes: free admission for 1 teacher for each classroom attending and a reduced field trip ticket price of $5 per student and chaperone.
- Partial scholarships do not receive assistance with bussing costs.
No separate application is required to apply for scholarships – please submit our online Field Trip request form. You will be notified of your scholarship status via email (usually 2-3 business days after submitting your request).
Booked your trip? Here’s your pre-trip checklist!
- Read important Field Trip Tips.
- Show your students the “Zoo Preview” PowerPoint Presentation. This virtual tour will help prepare your students for learning when they arrive.
- Have your students visit the Animals pages before your visit.
- Check out the daily schedule of Animal Encounters.
- Download the Zoo Map: Available in English and Spanish (maps are also available at the front gate).
- Find field trip guides, chaperone sheets and more on the Teacher Resources page.
Still have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. .