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Everything you need to plan and book your field trip in one place!

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

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 K-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

Molbak’s Butterfly Garden

Woodland Park Zoo is thrilled to announce that butterflies are fluttering back to the zoo! Opening in June 2016, 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.

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

  1. Entry to the Butterfly Garden is included in your zoo admission
  2. The same chaperone ratio required for your zoo visit is required to enter the Butterfly Garden (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. Materials will be posted here.

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.


Learning Programs at the Zoo

Things to do once your group arrives!

Woodland Park Zoo offers a host of resources and programs for K-12 classes. For your visit to the zoo, we offer learning experiences facilitated by zoo staff or volunteers, helpful instructions and activities for zoo visits, and special Homeschool Days. These resources and programs can enhance your classroom curriculum and are designed to help students meet Washington’s K-12 Science Learning Standards for students in science and other subjects, as well as Washington’s Environmental and Sustainability Education Standards.

Note to all Educators  

Woodland Park Zoo's Education Department is currently developing a new strategy for engaging schools in learning at the zoo. Your input is needed to help us redefine the new zoo experience for students!

As a teacher or a facilitator of a group coming to Woodland Park Zoo for an educational field trip, what do you want your students learn from their visit? What do you hope they will experience and become more curious about?

We are in the process of revamping the zoo experience for schools – the programs and experiences that will be available for you and your students when you come to the zoo will be very different starting in the 2016-2017 school year. Programs we have offered in the past (School-to-Zoo programs, ZEST programs and Wild Wise outreach programs) are no longer offered. For information about Up CLOSE animal outreach programming, please click here.



This next generations of zoo experiences will be informed by your response to a short survey.  Please help us provide the experiences and resources you expect from Woodland Park Zoo and assist us in creating the future zoo experience.



Daily Experiences at the Zoo

Fill your day with keeper talks, animal encounters and more! Learn about the experiences and programs that are currently offered for zoo visitors (May – September 2016). All programs are free with zoo admission or membership except where noted. Activities are subject to cancellation. For the most up-to-date info, please check the daily activities kiosk at the zoo entrance when you visit.

A new fall suite of experiences and programs, with programs tailored to our school audiences, will be available as of October 1 (information will be posted here in the summer to help you plan your fall zoo visit).


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.