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Field Trips

The Louisville Zoo serves as a living classroom, helping students of all ages develop an appreciation for and sense of responsibility toward the treasure of animal and plant life on our earth. With our new online registration, it’s easy to schedule your field trip to the Louisville Zoo.

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PRICES
Students cannot use their Zoo memberships to avoid field trip fees. Non-registered chaperones will be charged general admission fees or will need to use their memberships.
April
to Oct.
Nov. Dec.
to Feb.
March
 Pre-Registered  (student/chaperone) $8 $6 $5 $6
 Un-Registered  (student/chaperone) $10 $10 $10 $10
 ADD-ON EXPERIENCES (Pre-Registered Only):
(Students only – teachers/chaperones are free)
Guided Tour for Students (45-60 minutes) $2 $2 $2 $2
Educational Programs (2 hours) $6 $6 $6 $6
Ambassador Animal Encounters  (30 minutes) $3 $3 $3 $3

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 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!

The Zoo requires a minimum of one adult chaperone for every ten (10) children. Those chaperones receive free admission/parking. Additional adult chaperones will receive admission at the field trip rate and free parking ONLY if they are included on the INVOICE and payment is part of the single transaction by the booking teacher.

Non-member parents/chaperones arriving and paying separately will be charged regular Zoo admission and a $6 parking fee per vehicle.

Students must be accompanied by adults at all times.

For school groups on field trips, school buses will not be charged parking. All teachers and chaperones must be included on the school’s invoice and pay as a group and enter together as one group to get free parking. Any adult arriving separately and not included on the school’s invoice will be charged regular Zoo admission cost and a $6 parking fee per vehicle.

Buses

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.

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. Adults wishing to use their Zoo membership, not included on the school’s invoice, must enter through the main gate and meet their group on plaza.

The Zoo’s in-house caterer offers a variety of convenient and inexpensive lunch options for your school group. The Zoo is pleased to offer through the Zoo’s caterer:

  • Sandwich, chips and soda (Turkey or Peanut Butter & Jelly):  $7.99
  • Pizza (Serves 8):  $25

Click here for details and tax.

If you would like to rent a picnic facility for your group, please make reservations with the Group Sales Department at least two weeks in advance (space is limited). Contact 502-238-5348.

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Educational Programs

We have several School Field Trip offerings to enhance your educational experience. Check them out below:

ANIMAL ADVENTURE PASSPORT
(K–2)

Tuesdays Only. 
October 1, 15, 22 & 29, 2019
March 17 – May 12, 2020
Limited Availability. Come explore with us! As part of the Animal Adventure Passport Program, students will receive a Zoo Passport and earn stamps as they explore science exploration stations aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards around the Zoo. Each station will use biological artifacts and activities to engage students in learning.

FREE experience available to any pre-registered K-2 group

Book today to secure your spot!

GORILLA DISCOVERY
(Grades 3–5)

Gorilla eats in the outside yard
Advance Reservation Required

Tour the Zoo’s Award Winning Gorilla Forest exhibit and get an up close view of what makes these animals unique, while discussing how our incredible team of keepers provides them with the highest standard of care, and how Zoos and Aquariums from around the United States are helping to save species through conservation and inspiring action. After, learn about the vast diversity of animals from Africa, and get up close with our small animal ambassadors.

This program is designed to complement your class reading of the Newberry Award-winning book, The One and Only Ivan, by K.A. Applegate.

$6 per student, no additional charge for teachers (plus zoo admission)
2 hours, includes class experience and small animal encounter.

Book today to secure your spot!

SOCIAL STRUCTURE SIMPLIFIED
(Grades 3-5)

Advance Reservation Required

During this program, students will use observation and guided questioning to investigate the different social structures of animals. Making comparisons between species, and collecting data, they will create an argument to justify the behavior they observe. Using a variety of scientific practices, students will walk away with a deeper understanding of adaptations and animal behavior.

$6 per student, no additional charge for teachers (plus zoo admission)
2 hours, includes class experience and small animal encounter.

Book today to secure your spot!

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
(Grades 3-5)

Lion at the Louisville Zoo
Advance Reservation Required

During this program, students will focus on observing animals found in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. While touring the Zoo, students will experience guided questioning to investigate the animals they see, while recording about each, and beginning to compare the external and internal structures they observe. Using a variety of scientific practices, students will walk away with a deeper understanding of animal’s physical adaptations and structure/function.

$6 per student, no additional charge for teachers (plus zoo admission)
2 hours, includes class experience and small animal encounter.

Book today to secure your spot!

GENETICS WITH THE HERPAQUARIUM
(Grades 6–12)

Louisville Zoo Lizard Sculpture/ ZooPoopyDoo Compost
Advance Reservation Required

Genetic inheritance is a basic principle of genetics and explains how characteristics are passed from one generation to the next. Using scientific practices, this program will immerse students in activities and experiences designed to ignite their curiosity while engaging in scientific discussion.

$6 per student, no additional charge for teachers (plus zoo admission)
2 hours, includes class experience and small animal encounter.

Book today to secure your spot!

PURPOSE OF MODERN ZOOS
(Grades 6–12)

Black-Footed Ferret
Advance Reservation Required

Endangerment & Conservation
Zoos play an important role in conserving species in the rapidly changing world. As our human population increases, and wild spaces are in decline, it is more important than ever for Zoo’s to become a collective voice for conservation and encourage people of all ages to become globally aware and to be inspired to take action in saving and protecting species. As a part of this program, students will learn the history of Zoos, our progression over time, and learn how they can be a part of our future. This program includes a guided tour of the Zoo, and up close encounters with our ambassador animals.

$6 per student, no additional charge for teachers (plus zoo admission)
2 hours, includes class experience and small animal encounter.

Book today to secure your spot!

Add-On Experiences

ANIMAL AMBASSADOR ENCOUNTER
(K–12)

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Limited Availability.

Meet two to three animal ambassadors with a Zoo educator. Your students will have the opportunity to touch, ask questions and interact with our MetaZoo residents. Each encounter will last 30 minutes. We cap the encounters to 24 students and 2 chaperones per encounter. We can accommodate larger groups by rotating through encounters during your trip. A member of our educational team will reach out to you after you have made your reservations to arrange the details of your visit.

$3 per student, no additional charge for teachers (plus zoo admission)

Book today to secure your spot!

GUIDED TOURS
(Grades 3 and up)

Cane Run students learn about orangutans
Limited Availability

Tours are a great way to experience the Zoo while learning about the unique features and needs of amazing animals that call Louisville home. Each tour lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. Choose based on your students interests: Cats of the World, or Giants of Africa.

$2 per student, plus standard admission, no additional charge for chaperones
45–60 minutes

Book today to secure your spot!