FIELD TRIPS
&
HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES

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

Field Trips

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Food and Beverage Update

Rain Forest Food Pavilion will be closed from January 6 to April 9, 2020 for a refresh. It will reopen on April 10, 2020 as 1899 Grove, with expanded grab-and-go offerings. In the meantime, we’ve got you covered for food and beverage!

During the refresh, you can find tasty treats and meals at the following locations:

  • Gather + Graze Café and Wild Cup: Open daily during zoo hours
  • Pizza kiosk: Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday during zoo hours.

Please contact us at schools@zoo.org for more information or for suggestions on places to eat lunch and snack.

 

Step 1: Education Rate Eligibility

To be eligible for the education rate, groups must:

  • Be coming for an educational purpose (including homeschool groups, preK-12th schools, colleges, out-of-school camps, daycare centers and senior groups).  
  • 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 aids/para-educators in your chaperone count. Please contact us for more information on 1:1 aids 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.
  • Present a paper copy of your Field Trip Confirmation form at time of zoo entry.
    Please note: Groups arriving without their Field Trip Confirmation form may be charged full admission price.
  • Pay as one transaction.

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 and parents/guardians).

September 1 — March 31:  $6.75
April 1 — August 31:  $9.50

Financial Assistance


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


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


Parking Information

Parking availability in Woodland Park Zoo parking lots is not guaranteed. WPZ staff may direct buses to overflow parking. Parking fees may be paid at the parking kiosks or by providing stall numbers on the Field Trip Confirmation form. Please contact schools@zoo.org for more information about bus and car parking.

2020 Parking Rates
Car Parking: $9.81 ($8.00 + tax)
Bus Parking: $29.42 ($24.00 + tax)

 


Step 2: Check Date Availability


Please provide three date selections for your visit; we have a daily cap on the number of guests receiving the education rate and your first choice may not be available.
Woodland Park Zoo Hours


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Step 3: Submit Your Registration


Only online and emailed registration forms accepted through March 30.


Register Online


E-mail completed PDF registration forms to: schools@zoo.org
Or fax to: 206.547.3553
Or mail to: Woodland Park Zoo, School Registrar - Learning & Innovation, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

Registering for a Homeschool Day? Scroll down to the Homeschool Resources section.

 

Step 4: Receive Confirmation

Once your registration has been processed, a confirmation email will be sent to the email provided on your registration form. Please review the attached Field Trip Confirmation form for your visit details.

Please note: Groups arriving without their registration confirmation form may be charged full price.

If you have additional questions, please contact schools@zoo.org.

 

Step 5: Gather Materials and Prepare for a Successful Visit


  • Print your registration confirmation form and prepare to have payment (purchase order, check, cash or credit card) when you check-in. Groups need to pay with one transaction to receive the education rate. Please note: Groups arriving without their registration confirmation form will be charged full price.
  • Make curriculum connections with our educator resources.
  • Share our orientation video with students.
  • Review zoo rules of conduct with students and chaperones.
  • Review the Zoo Visit Preparation Guide for important information about field trip logistics.
  • Prepare chaperones with the Zoo Visit Chaperone Sheet.
  • Print zoo maps for chaperones (maps will not be available at the zoo).
  • For first time zoo visitors or students with disabilities the Zoo Social Story can help to set up expectations and prepare students for a successful zoo visit.  Use the sensory map to see where to borrow sensory tools and plan ahead for any students with sensitivities or disabilities.  Check the Accessibility Guide for family bathrooms, trail conditions for wheelchairs, and more!
  • Have chaperones download the Woodland Park Zoo mobile app for use during your visit. Features include a GPS-enabled map and animal fact sheets.
  • For up-to-date information on exhibit closures, please review the Notes to Visitors.
  • See which daily programs and activities are offered during your visit.
  • Review the Planning a Sustainable Zoo Experience Guide for information and suggestions for an environmentally-friendly field trip.

 

 

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 questions or don’t see the information you need, please contact schools@zoo.org or 206.548.2424 opt.2.

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HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES

 

Self-Guided Visits

Homeschool families and groups of any size are welcome to come to the zoo for self-guided field trips throughout 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 register for a field trip.

 

2019-2020 Homeschool Days

Wildlife Close to Home
Is your neighborhood a wildlife habitat? Wherever you live, the answer is yes! From orb-weaver spiders to great horned owls, and black bears to banana slugs, the Pacific Northwest is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating animals. Homeschool students and their families are invited to Woodland Park Zoo for a day of hands-on activities, discovery stations, animal programs and self-guided exploration of zoo grounds. Come visit the zoo and build on your students’ natural curiosity about animals!

Dates
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Friday, November 1, 2019
Friday, March 6, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
     Please Note: If the zoo reopens to the public on or before May 5, pre-registered participants are still welcome to come for a self-guided visit at the discounted education rate

Time
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Homeschool Day activies are available throughout the day. A schedule of activites is available upon arrival.

Payment 
Advanced registration is required to receive the discounted education rate ($6.75/person for September, October, November and March; $9.50/person for April). Payment will be taken upon arrival to the zoo.
Woodland Park Zoo member? Please register online and present your zoo membership when you arrive. Your membership covers your admission for Homeschool Days.

Questions?
Contact the Schools Registrar by email (schools@zoo.org) or call 206.548.2424 (option 2). Accessibility information is available at www.zoo.org/access.

We look forward to seeing you at Homeschool Day!

TEMPORARY CLOSURE
The zoo is temporarily closed following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
Get updates at zoo.org/health