Self-guided field trips are available to any group visiting for an educational purpose


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.


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



Step One

Verify Eligibility and Prepare

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)

Step Two

Book Your Trip

Use the registration button below to start your booking. 2024 dates will start being released in early October 2023.

Everyone on the trip will need a ticket including teachers, don't forget to add them to your chaperone count.

Step Three

After Booking 

Once booked, email if you need to change or cancel your visit. Adjustments can be made up until the day before your arrival. We cannot guarantee education rate tickets will be available on the day of your visit.



Education Rate

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

January 1 — June 30:  $11.00
July 1 — September 4:  $13.00
September 5 — December 31:  $10.50


Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is availale to eligible groups. For more information and to register please visit our financial assistance page.

School-to-Zoo Levy Available: September — June
Wasington Low Income (WALI) Available: Year-round




Classroom Resources


Discovery Den

Connect your class to the Zoo before, during, and after your field trip using 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


Contact Us

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

Our Mission

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

Land Acknowledgment

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.

Humane Certification
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Association of Zoos & Aquariums

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