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Zoo Visit Preparation

Click the links below to view admission rates, zoo information and tips for a great visit.

Zoo Visit Preparation Guide

Zoo Visit Chaperone Sheet

School Groups Map

Exhibit Information

Connecting Classroom and Field Trip Learning

Zoo Visit Activity Sheets

Registration Forms

Learning Experiences

School Rates and Group Discount

There are two different rates available to school groups with reservations, depending on the time of year. If you are not a school group, but you are an organized group coming for educational purposes contact our registrar for available discounts. All rates are per person, and require a 3 week advance written registration and a minimum of one chaperone for every six students. A paper copy of a registration confirmation must be presented at the time of zoo entry to receive the discounted rates.

September 1 - March 31



Car Parking


April 1 - August 31



Bus Parking


Groups of 20 or more paying individuals are entitled to a 10% discount providing one person pays for the entire group and the group enters together through one entry at one time. Registration is not required for Group Rates but this discount may not be combined with the school rate.


School-to-Zoo Funding

Offered to King County Schools (Grades PreK-12) - Available September Through April

Thanks to the passage of the King County Parks Levy in 2013, free zoo admission and subsidized bus transportation are available to all King County (including Seattle School District) schools with a minimum of 30% of their students receiving free or reduced-rate lunches or a comparable level of scholarship. If your school qualifies, we will automatically register you for a School-to-Zoo funded visit when we receive your registration form. If you have questions, please email

Have A Safe And Respectful Zoo Visit

We want your students to have the best and most productive visit possible. We also want to ensure that our animals and other guests are not disturbed so taking a few moments to prepare your students for their trip is invaluable.

Prepare Your Students - Discuss Zoo Rules

  • Stay on paths.

  • Refrain from throwing food or objects into the exhibits.

  • Avoid tapping on glass or otherwise stressing the animals.

  • Keep the volume of your voice low when near exhibits.

  • Take advantage of recycling and waste containers throughout the zoo.

  • Stay with adult chaperones at all times.

  • No frisbees, balls, balloons or pets are allowed on the zoo grounds.

  • Stay on designated paths, viewing areas and grassy areas.

  • You can use this video to help students prepare for their visit and review zoo behavior expectations

Please share this Student Orientation Video with your students prior to your zoo visit!

Molbak’s Butterfly Garden & Microsoft Pollinator Patio

Opens Saturday May 27, 2017

The Molbak’s Butterfly Garden will provide you and your students with engaging encounters with free-flying butterflies and moths. You will have the opportunity to learn about the butterfly life cycle first-hand as you observe them emerging from their chrysalises and about what these insects need to survive and thrive in our schoolyards and backyards.

Behind the Garden is the new Microsoft Pollinator Patio, where you can enjoy a stroll among pollinator-friendly plants while learning how to help pollinators in your own schoolyard or backyard.  Before leaving, you and your students can also take a sneak peek at the zoo’s Silverspot Butterfly Lab.

The following guidelines are in place to ensure that school groups have positive learning experiences in our Butterfly Garden & Pollinator Patio:

  1. Entry to the Butterfly Garden & Pollinator Patio is included in your zoo admission
  2. The same chaperone ratio required for your zoo visit is required to enter the Butterfly Garden & Pollinator Patio (a minimum of 1 chaperone for every 6 students)
  3. If the exhibit has reached its maximum capacity, you may have to wait in line to enter.

We will have materials available to help you prepare and guide your own learning experiences in the Butterfly Garden & Pollinator Patio. Materials will be posted here.


Daily Experiences at the Zoo

Fill your day with keeper talks, animal encounters and more! For a current listing of Daily Experiences at the zoo, please see the Today at the Zoo page. For the most up-to-date info, please check the daily activities kiosk at the zoo entrance when you visit. All programs are free with zoo admission or membership except where noted. Activities are subject to cancellation.

Please visit the Learning Experiences page for information on zoo learning experiences designed for schools – the fall/winter 2017-2018 schedule will be available there before the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

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If you cannot find the answers to your questions or need additional help please contact the School Registrar at 206.548.2424 x2 or send an email.