Self-guided field trips are available to any group visiting for an educational purpose.
Scroll down for homeschool resources and registration for Homeschool Days.


How to Register

  1. Read our eligibility requirements below to verify your group qualifies. 
  2. Collect the information you will be asked at the time of registration (group leader's name and phone number, your school's name its address including zip code and phone number, FRL %, grade, number of students, number of chaperones, and a credit card)
  3. Remember, teachers are chaperones too! Don't forget to add them to your chaperone count. 
  4. Scroll down to the register button to start booking your field trip. 2023 dates are released on a 6 month rolling calendar. 


Who is a field trip for?

To be eligible for the education rate, groups must:

  • Be coming for an educational purpose (preK-12th schools, colleges, out-of-school camps, daycare centers and senior groups). If you are a homeschool group please reach out to us at for information on home school days.  
  • Make reservations at least three weeks in advance.
  • Have a minimum of one adult chaperone (teacher or parent/guardian, age 21+) for every six students.  Groups of college age and older participants do not require chaperones. Note: Please do not include 1:1 aides/para-educators in your chaperone count. Please contact us for more information on 1:1 aides and chaperone requirements.
  • Chaperone students (regardless of age/grade) at all times while on zoo grounds.
  • Agree to follow Woodland Park Zoo’s Rules of Conduct.
  • Pre-pay by credit card at the time of registration, we are no longer accepting POs.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you may be eligible for the Group Rate.

Education Rate

The education rates listed below are per person for students and chaperones (educators, teachers and parents/guardians).

January 1 — June 30:  $10.50
July 1 — September 4:  $12.00
September 5 — December 31:  $10.50

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to eligible groups. Please visit our Financial Assistance page for more information.



Thank you for you interest in bringing your group to Woodland Park Zoo. Please use the button below to register your group. If you have questions send an email to


Classroom Resources for Field Trips

Connect your class to the Zoo before, during, and after your field trip using the Zoo's Discovery Den: a free, continually-updating resource library by educators, for educators. On Discovery Den, you'll find resources such as:

  • Standards-aligned lesson plans
  • Authentic data sets
  • Printable activity sheets
  • Behind-the-scenes videos
  • Curriculum connections to field trips... and more!

Access Discovery Den

Field Trip FAQ


Prepare for a Successful Visit


Important Parking Information

Parking availability in Woodland Park Zoo parking lots is very limited, available on a "first come, first served" basis, and is not guaranteed. Parking fees are paid at the parking kiosks. Please contact for more information about bus and car parking.

Learn more about parking at the zoo



Homeschool Days 2022-2023


Homeschool Days are back at the zoo! 

This year’s all-new version is scaled back just enough to ensure homeschooling families like yours have equitable access to the resources available to traditional schools, but without a specific theme that may not fit into your curriculum. 

You’ll pay the education admission rate, without needing to worry about the qualifying chaperone-to-student ratio—and scholarships are available if needed.  You will also have the opportunity to participate in an Up CLOSE animal program, available for three different grade ranges.

Spring Dates
Friday, April 21st, 2023
Friday, April 28th, 2023

UpClose Programs

9:30 a.m. - Close

Payment and Registration
Advanced registration is required to receive the discounted education rate ($10.50). Homeschool days is a rain or shine event. Registation will open in March 2023
Woodland Park Zoo member? Please register online and present your zoo membership when you arrive. Your membership covers your admission for Homeschool Days.
Refund requests must be made before the day of the event. 



Contact the Schools Registrar by email ( Accessibility information is available at

We look forward to seeing you at Homeschool Day!


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

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Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

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Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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