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





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.

Ambassador Animals Program - Zoo Experience for Schools
Attend an Ambassador Animals Program on-grounds on select days in the fall and spring.
October 4, 2018 - November 16, 2018: Thursdays and Fridays
March 1, 2019 - April 30, 2019: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
For additional information about these programs, please see our 2018-2019 program schedule.


Homeschool Days

We invite homeschool groups to register now for 2018-2019 Homeschool Days at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle!

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019



The Story of a Lifetime
From caterpillar to butterfly, from tadpole to frog, animal life cycles come in wild varieties!  Join as we explore questions like how snow leopards learn to pounce and baby toucans learn to fly. 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!

All activities are included with zoo admission. Advanced registration is required to receive the discounted school visit rate ($6.75/person for October, November and March; $9.50/person for April). The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m and you are welcome to remain on grounds for as much of the day as you like.

Please note when planning your day that activities offered for Homeschool Day will primarily occur in the morning and early afternoon.

For more information, please see the Homeschool Day FAQ.


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