Field Trips

Field Trips

Categories: Field trips

September is Teacher Appreciation Month!

We know that Texas teachers are hardworking individuals! We invite you to come enjoy Austin Zoo during the month of September for FREE! To take advantage of this offer, identify yourself as a teacher when you check in at our gift shop, please bring a copy of your current pay stub as proof that you’re a teacher.


This offer is valid only for Texas Teachers. Friends and family visiting with a teacher will still pay admission.


Reservations

To make reservations, fill out our online field trip reservation form.
 

  • 1. Submit online reservation request.
  • 2. Receive an automatic email with Austin Zoo’s guidelines. Please read and share with all attending.
  • 3. You will receive confirmation of field trip date within 3 business days.
  • 4. Prepare your students to be quizzed about guidelines by an Austin Zoo staff member at check-in.
  • 5. Collect monies from chaperones and others attending with special rates.

Field Trip Day

  • 1. Gather headcounts of students, teachers and chaperones.
  • 2. Park buses in our bus lot. Please do not block or unload in any fire lanes.
  • 3. Walk students down the pathway parallel to our main parking to our group entry gate.
  • 4. Lead teacher: check-in inside the Gift Shop, provide the headcounts collected and payment.
  • 5. We will quiz your students about our guidelines and welcome you into the Zoo.
  • 6. ENJOY!

Rates

Our educational rate through August 31, 2017 is $5.00 per person.

We require a minimum of 15 people and one person must pay for the entire group.

Additional chaperones, parents and siblings must prepay the lead teacher and enter with the group to receive this discount. Anyone checking in with us separately will be charged full admission rates.

Not affiliated with a school? We offer a nonprofit or civic group rate of $6.00 per person for groups of 15 or more. Advanced reservations required. Please call 512-288-1490.

We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, cash, and school check. Payment is due at time of check-in.


STARTING SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017, FIELD TRIP PRICES WILL CHANGE:
New prices will be as follows:

  • September 1 – January 31: $5.50 per person
  • February 1 – May 31: $6.00 per person
  • June 1 – August 31: $6.50 per person

NEW! Teachers and bus drivers will be admitted free of charge.

Questions? Please call 512-288-1490.


Onsite School Programs & Offsite Outreach Programs

School Program Offerings for Field Trips
Our school programs are aligned with TEKS for pre-K through fifth grade.
Programs are an $2 in addition to admissions.
Click here to download our informational brochure.
Click HERE to download TEKS alignments for K-12 programs

School Outreach Programs
Let the Zoo come to you!
The above brochure lists our traveling program options for pre-K through fifth grades.
Call 512-288-1490 to schedule an offsite program.

Guidelines

Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their groups at ALL times and are required to accompany students for the duration of the visit. Austin Zoo has a zero tolerance policy.

 

  • Treat the animals with respect.
  • We have free roaming birds! Show your students what 5 feet looks like. We will ask them to show us when they arrive!
  • Respect boundaries. Do not lean over or cross barrier fences with any part of your body
  • Stay on marked trails.
  • Do not climb in the trees.
  • Leave rocks, sticks, dirt, plants, flowers and animals on the ground.
  • Place trash in trashcans.
  • No smoking inside the zoo. If you must, please do so in the parking lot.
  • Remember, the Zoo does not have water fountains. Please plan accordingly.
  • Picnic lunches are welcome!
  • By veterinarian advice, animal food is not available for school groups.
  • 1 adult per 4 children to shop the Gift Shop please.

Parking

Only unload and load in the BUS parking. Please do not block our fire lanes.
Follow the safe pathway to our group entry gate.

Concessions

From June 1 through August 31, our concession trailer is open daily from 11:00am-3:00pm, and offers drinks, snacks, and shaved ice. From September 1 through February 28, the concession trailer is open Friday through Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm. From March 1 – May 31 the concession trailer is open from 11:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday and 11:00am-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday. The concession stand accepts cash only.

Train

Special arrangements may be made for your field trip! Please contact Jeanne Polk at (512) 970-2987 or by email at polkfamily1@peoplepc.com.

Please make all checks for the train payable to:

  • Rawhide Rocket, LLC
  • 1801 Pursley Road
  • Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Check out our Zoo Map

Questions? Call us at (512) 288-1490.

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