We recommend scheduling your trip early in the school year to avoid the possible unavailability of your preferred day and check-in time.
Onsite School Programs & Offsite Outreach Programs
New School Program Offerings for Onsite Field Trips
The Education Department has added new school programs aligned with TEKS for pre-K through fifth grade. Programs are an additional $2 per student above the admission price. Before you schedule your field trip, be sure to download a brochure and read about the programs. Click here to download the brochure.
New School Outreach Programs
Let the Zoo come to you! The new school programs brochure above also lists new traveling program options for pre-K through fifth grades. Download the brochure in the link above to see options and pricing and call 512-288-1490 to schedule a program.
Ask a Zookeeper questions about working at Austin Zoo! Learn interesting facts about a few different Austin Zoo animals!
An Animal Experience is $50.00, and a Zookeeper will bring 2-3 education animals to meet your group for approximately 15 minutes.
To schedule an Animal Experience program, your group is required to rent a venue space. Click here to see pictures and read more about our three venue spaces. Renting a venue creates a great meeting place for your group as well a private area to eat a picnic lunch. Venues are rented for 2 hours at a time, and are 1/2 off on weekdays!
To ensure that a Zookeeper is available, please schedule your field trip at least 2 weeks in advance.
To make reservations, fill out our online field trip reservation form. After you have submitted your reservation request, an email will be sent to the primary contact’s email address. Read over the important information provided and share with all of the teachers and parents that will be attending. An Austin Zoo employee will contact you within a few days to confirm your field trip arrival date.
Our group rate for field trips is $5.00 per person. To receive the group rate, your group must be at least 15 people, and one person must pay for the entire group. You are welcome to include parents and additional siblings that might be attending with your group so that they may be eligible for the discounted rate. Parents who do not prepay must come in and pay individually, and they will be charged our full price of $11.00 for adults and $8.00 for children 2-12. Children under 2 are free.
We also offer a group rate of $6.00 per person for groups of 15 or more who are not affiliated with a school (must be a civic or nonprofit group to qualify). As with the field trip rate, a reservation is required to receive the discounted rate.
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, cash, and school check. Payment is due at time of check-in.
Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their groups at ALL times and are required to accompany students for the duration of the visit. This includes reviewing and making sure students follow our Zoo rules for the safety and enjoyment of all Zoo visitors.
- PLEASE treat the animals with respect: NO yelling, taunting, teasing or throwing things at the animals or into their homes
- PLEASE respect boundaries. DO NOT lean over or cross barrier fences with any part of your body
- PLEASE stay on the trails
- PLEASE DO NOT run
- PLEASE DO NOT climb in the trees
- PLEASE leave rocks, sticks, dirt, plants, flowers and animals on the ground
- PLEASE put all of your trash in our trash cans or recycle bins
- NO unattended children
- NO pets allowed on zoo property. Service animals are permitted
- NO smoking inside the zoo. If you must, please do so in the parking lot.
- PLEASE provide your students with drinking water, as water fountains are not available on the grounds
- You are welcome to bring picnic lunches for your group.
- Animal food is NOT available for school groups
Unload and load children in the BUS parking lot located all the way to the back right corner of the regular parking lot. PLEASE DO NOT unload, load or park in the driveway or regular parking lot for safety reasons. Walk children as a group to the office, where they can wait outside during check-in. After the group has been paid for, the children can enter through our side gate.
We have a Zoo Gift Shop with zoo souvenirs, as well as soda, tea and water. We ask that there is one adult for every four children from the group in the gift shop.
From March 1 through August 31, our concession trailer is open daily from 11:00am-3:00pm, and from 11:00am-5:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and offers drinks, snacks, and shaved ice. From September 1 through February 28, the concession trailer is open Friday through Sunday from 11:00am-3:00pm. The concession stand accepts cash only.
Train rides can also be scheduled for your school group. Please contact Jeanne Polk at (512) 970-2987 for pricing and scheduling.
For Zoo Quizes, BINGO, and more, visit here.
Austin Zoo Map
Please give us a call at (512) 288-1490 with any other questions.