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



Scheduling Your Field Trip

Woodland Park Zoo would like to welcome Homeschool Groups year-round to use our facility as a learning destination.  By registering three weeks in advance, homeschool groups can qualify for the reduced admission education rate.

Please see our Field Trips page for a step-by-step guide for booking and preparing for your visit.



Homeschool Days 2023-2024

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 and Thursday, April 18, 2024

This year’s 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. Though the zoo will be open to the public, we are closing school field trip registrations so you will have an easier time navigating the animal spaces, making this a more personal experience.


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, which usually only travel to school sites. Tickets must be purchased in advance to recieve the education rate.

Please contact, with any questions or requests.

Registration Process


Step One

Pick a date to visit

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024

Included with your zoo ticket

  • Access to the zoo from open to close
  • A visit date free from school field trips
  • Docent Carts available throughout the zoo

Step Two

Optional Paid Experience

Cost is $5.00 per person. Experience information can be found below.

UpCLOSE Creature Feature
April 17 & April 18, 2024 at 10:15 a.m.

UpCLOSE Forests Near & Far
April 17 & April 18, 2024 at 11:15 a.m.

Animal Adaptations Hands-on Activity
April 17 & April 18, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.

Biodiversity and Conservation Decision-Making Hands-on Activity
April 17 & April 18, 2024 at 11:30 a.m.

Step Three

Register Online 

Cost: Discounted Education Rate Zoo Admission Ticket

$11.00 per person (Children ages 2 and below receive free admission)

Students must be chaperoned at all times. Chaperones must also purchase a ticket.


Explore other opportunities & plan your day:

Discovery Den
Today at the Zoo
Accessibility Information 


Fridays are Sensory Friendly Fridays in Zoomazium. Find out more about that here!


Contact Us

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Optional Paid Homeschool Day Experiences
$5.00 per person (caregivers must accompany students)


Creature Feature

April 17 & April 18, 2024 at 10:15 a.m.

Stories about animals speak to the minds and hearts of young children in a way nothing else can. Students ages 2 through 6 and their caregivers will learn simple science facts and build empathy toward animals through early childhood best practices such as movement, pretend play, and storytelling. Children will also get to meet and touch a real Ambassador Animal who was a character in the puppet story!

The story of the day will be chosen based on which Ambassador Animal is ready to meet guests that day. Neither the story or the ambassador animal will be known until right before the program.

Some of our story themes include what foods different animals eat, which animals hatch from eggs and which don’t, and how animals’ move their bodies, etc.


Drone image of a forest

Forests Near & Far

April 17 & April 18, 2024 at 11:15 a.m.

Our beautiful Pacific Northwest is characterized by forests—grand expanses of evergreens watered by our famous gentle rains and supporting a fascinating array of wildlife. But the world has lots of forests, both similar to and different from our own in many ways. Be ready to get up and move, because you might be asked to come up and be transformed into a part of the forest! At the end, everyone will get to meet an animal who hails from one of the world’s varied forest habitats.

Topics covered include:

  • The layered structure common to all forests
  • Major differences between Pacific Northwest forests and tropical rainforests
  • How plants and animals work together to form a thriving ecosystem


Animal Adaptations Hands-on Activity

April 17 & April 18, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.

Come participate in a hands-on activity that explores animal adaptations! Animals have unique adaptations that help them fit into their environments and help them survive and thrive. In this activity you will learn a little bit about what an adaptation is scientifically, consider the role of adaptations in helping an animal survive in its environment and explore how to graph results from a simulation. For ages 11 - 18 years old, though designed specifically with middle school curriculum in mind.

*Note: This hands-on activity can be completed individually, or you are welcome to participate with others in small groups of 2 to 4

Topics covered include:

  • What is an adaptation
  • How plant/animal adaptations help them survive in their specific habitats
  • The role habitats play in plant/animal adaptation
  • What a simulation is and how to make conclusions from graphs
  • How understanding adaptations help scientists conserve species


Biodiversity and Conservation Decision-Making
Hands-on Activity

April 17 & April 18, 2024 at 11:30 a.m.

Come participate in a hands-on activity that explores habitat conservation decision making! In this activity you will learn about what biodiversity means, some measures of biodiversity, and how some scientist might use these measures to help make decisions regarding protecting habitat and conserving biodiversity. For ages 11 - 18 years old, though designed specifically with high school curriculum in mind.

*Note: This hands-on activity is best experienced as a group activity in groups of 4 to 8 individuals. You may participate individually, come with a predesignated group, or we can help you find a group if you would like to work in a team.

Topics covered include:

  • What is biodiversity
  • What areas support large biodiverse populations
  • Some measures of biodiversity   
  • How to calculate biodiversity
  • Simulate conservation decision making using measures of biodiversity

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

City Nature Challenge


Join us in a fun nature observation weekend

Woodland Park Zoo from the air

Woodland Park Zoo is thrilled to help mobilize people across the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area (all of Snohomish, King and Pierce counties) to join the City Nature Challenge – a nature observation event using the iNaturalist app.

Help the Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area (including Everett, Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and any place within Snohomish, King and Pierce counties!) show the world how biodiverse our region is by making observations and identifications during the City Nature Challenge. City Nature Challenge typically happens near the end of April each year – so mark your calendar!

Get involved!

cancelation POLICy


Modification or Cancelation of Homeschool Day Registrations

  • For a full refund, cancelations must be made no later than the day before the event. 
  • Registration modifications can be made as long as capacity is available in the program requested. Modifications must be made prior to the day of the event.
  • Please email, to make any cancelation or modification requests.

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.

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