Grizzly bears at the Louisville Zoo

Field Trips

Important: In order to receive a group rate, the entire group must enter at the same time and pay in one transaction. Please be sure to collect all funds if a credit card or single school check is not used. Reservations are required if you plan a Field Trip to the Zoo.


We want to ensure that each school that visits the Zoo has a great experience. To accommodate the large number of groups that visit us each year, we will now enroll school groups based on the overall attendance for the day, and days will have limited availability. Book early to secure your preferred day, check-in time, and admission rate!

Chaperones/Extra Parents

The Zoo requires a minimum of one adult chaperone for every ten (10) children. Those chaperones receive free admission/parking. Additional parents/chaperones admission varies by season and free parking ONLY if they are included on the ADMISSION TICKET and payment is part of the single transaction by the booking teacher.

Non-member parents/chaperones arriving and paying separately will be assessed regular Zoo admission plus $5 per vehicle for parking.

Students must be accompanied by adults at all times.


For public and private school groups on field trips, school buses will not be charged parking. All teachers and chaperones must be included on the school’s Admission Ticket and pay as a group and enter together as one group to get free parking. Those arriving separately will be charged full admission cost and a $5 parking fee per vehicle.

Scout groups, daycares, YMCAs and other groups will be assessed a $5 parking fee per vehicle.


Please direct buses to the bus parking lot where students disembark. DO NOT have students or chaperones disembark in the Zoo’s crosswalk area which must be left clear at all times.

Louisville Zoo Members

Reminder: Zoo membership cards are not valid for group visits (admission or parking). Memberships were designed for an individual, couple or family experience and not built for group usage. Because we serve a large volume of groups each year, it is necessary to serve groups efficiently in order to provide good customer service for all of our visitors.


Scheduling Your Field Trip:

The month of May is crowded and busy at the Zoo. Make your trip less hectic and more educational by scheduling a fall, winter or early spring trip. Please avoid local Spring breaks as they are often extremely crowded.

  • Add an Education Program to Your Trip! Enhance your field trip by adding a specially designed programs taught by Zoo educators and docents (trained volunteers). Programs last 30 to 60 minutes and can be designed to fit curriculum needs. Click here for available programs and prices and scheduling instructions.

All bookings must be made a minimum of 4 weeks in advance.

Upon completion of your paperwork, you will be emailed a confirmation packet including a receipt/invoice, chaperone guidelines and pre-visit information. Please read each document as some vital information has changed for the 2017 – 18 school year.

Click here for field trip forms

Field Trip Guidelines & Rules