Everything you need to plan and book your zoo field trip in one place, including homeschool resources.


The steps below will guide you through the process of planning your visit, connecting your trip to your curriculum and preparing your students and chaperones for their time at the zoo.


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   Step 1: Education Rate Eligibility

   Step 2: Check for Date Availability

   Step 3: Submit Your Registration

   Step 4: Receive Confirmation

   Step 5: Plan for Curriculum Connections

   Step 6: Gather Materials and Prepare for a Successful Visit



Out of respect for animals, other guests, and zoo grounds, we ask that students:

  • Stay with their adult chaperones and group at all times.
  • Stay on designated paths, viewing areas and grassy areas.
  • Do not throw food or objects into the exhibits.
  • Do not tap on glass or otherwise stress the animals.
  • Be quiet near exhibits.
  • Use recycling, compost and waste containers throughout the zoo.
  • No frisbees, balls, balloons or pets are allowed on the zoo grounds.



We look forward to seeing you at the zoo!

If you have additional questions, please contact the registration office at 206.548.2424 ext 2 or





Science Learning Experiences

Once you book your field trip, we recommend choosing a driving question to frame your zoo visit: 

Grades K-2: What do living things need to survive and thrive?

NGSS Standards Connection
Guide for Educators and Chaperones

Grades 3-5: How do we design and create a better world for animals and people? 

NGSS Standards Connection
Guide for Educators and Chaperones (coming soon!)

If you are an educator new to NGSS, we highly suggest this short series of videos that demonstrates instructional strategies based on NGSS. Though these activities are classroom-based, the instructional strategies have informed the learning experiences  designed here at Woodland Park Zoo!

Using the Learning Experience framework:

  1. Before visiting, share the driving question with students and chaperones to have in mind as they explore the zoo. Discuss the question with students, brainstorming what they already know and want/need to know to help gather evidence related to the driving question. The more invested your students are in the question, the more motivated they will be to seek evidence during their zoo visit.
  2. Consider developing a worksheet or have students journal during their visit to record their observations and build their evidence so that they can discuss their explanations back in the classroom. Sample worksheets coming soon!
  3. While visiting, your students can observe animals, explore exhibits, read signage, talk with staff and volunteers, and attend programs (see Seasonal Learning Experiences program schedules below). From these experiences, students should come away with evidence to support their explanations that help to answer the driving question. They can also record any further questions they have related to the driving question for follow-up investigation.
  4. Following your visit, you can lead follow-up activities in the classroom based on student observations and experiences at the zoo. Engage your students in a discussion asking them to share their claims about potential explanations for the scientific phenomena addressed by the driving question and backing up their claims with evidence (the observations they made and information they gathered during their zoo experiences).
  5. At any point, please contact us if you need help planning your visit or to provide feedback on a previous visit! You can contact us at 206.548.2424 ext 2 or email


Seasonal Learning Experiences program schedules

  • Winter (November 18, 2017 - February 13, 2018): Please visit the Today at the Zoo page for the winter program schedule. For the most up-to-date information, please check the daily activities kiosk at the zoo entrance when you arrive.
  • Spring (February 14 - April 27, 2018): Engaging, hands-on programming that suppors the Next Generation Science Standards is available Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays. Please see our Spring 2018 program schedule for additional information. 
  • Summer (May - September): Fill your day with keeper talks, animal encounters and more! Please see the Today at the Zoo page for the schedules (Available April 2018). For the most up-to-date schedule, please check the daily activities kiosk a the zoo entrance when you arrive. Please note: Our summer program schedule includes a variety of programs and experiences that schools can enjoy and learn from. However, summer programs and experiences are not designed to support formal science learning standards and driving questions, as are programs during the Fall and Spring. 

All programs are free with zoo admission or membership except where noted. Activities are subject to cancellation. For the most up-to-date information, please check the daily activities kiosk at the zoo entrance when you visit.

About the Learning Experiences

Woodland Park Zoo's Education Department has developed a new strategy for engaging schools in learning at the zoo. We no longer offer guided programs you can book for your class in advance. These changes have been made with input from local teachers, our experienced staff and volunteers, zoo colleagues across the country and regional science education experts, as well as by consulting the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (Next Generation Science Standards - NGSS).




Self-Guided Visits

Homeschool groups are welcome to come to the zoo for self-guided field trips any time of the year. By registering three weeks in advance, homeschool groups can qualify for the reduced admission education rate (September 1 - March 31: $6.75/person; April 1 - August 31: $9.50/person). Please follow the steps at the top of this page to book a field trip.

Be a student scientist at Woodland Park Zoo!

Engaging, hands-on programming that supports Next Generation Science Standards is available on-grounds on select days in the fall and spring.

October 5 - November 17, 2017: Thursdays and Fridays
February 14 - April 27, 2018: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

For additional information about programs available on these days, please scroll up to the Learning Experiences section of this page.


Homeschool Days

Thank you for your interest in Homeschool Days at Woodland Park Zoo!  Look for information on Homeschool Days for the 2018-2019 school year in August 2018.  


For additional questions or assistance, please contact the registration office at 206.548.2424  ext 2 or