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Teachers Lounge :: Field Trip Planner

Field Trip Planner


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Groups can preregister for self-guided field trips at a discounted educational program rate. Groups must pre-register at least two weeks in advance of their scheduled date to qualify.

Eligible groups include: preschools, state licensed daycares, public or private schools, homeschool groups, scouts, shelters, City of Dallas recreation centers, YMCA/YWCA, Boys/Girls Clubs, and organized college classes (where a teacher is bringing the students for a class project).

Admission Cost:

  • $6/student
  • $6/adult chaperone (1 free adult per 10 students)

Parking Cost:

  • Free/School buses
  • $10/Additional vehicles
    • Note: Parking is limited on high-capacity field trip days. Parents and chaperones not riding the bus are highly encouraged to carpool or take the DART Red Line straight to our front entrance.

Field Trip FAQs

For questions about booking field trips, contact the Dallas Zoo Education Department at 469.554.7300 or at

 Field trip resources

Classroom programs and guided tours are available for additional fees. Visit our Classroom Programs page for more information.


Payment for Zoo admission is due upon arrival. Payment may be sent ahead of time. Credit cards, cash, or institutional checks are accepted at the ticket gate. We do not accept POs. Final head counts for admission will be made at the ticket gate on the day of your field trip. Admission will be charged for the number of students and adults present with you at that time.

Refunds greater than $20 due to overpayment will be mailed to the school. The Dallas Zoo does not offer refunds for field trip overpayments of $20 or less. Those will be donated to our conservation partners.


At the Ticket Gate

The lead teacher will need to bring the confirmation letter and payment for Zoo admission. Be sure to have an exact count of students and adults prior to checking in at the ticket gate. Teachers and bus drivers count as adults. Do not include adults who will be paying separately.

Classroom Programs and Guided Tours Check out the Nature Exchange

If you are scheduled for an classroom program or guided tour, please assemble your students at the designated meeting location at least 10 minutes before your program begins. Programs begin promptly at the scheduled time. We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals, but we reserve the right to cancel or adjust programs as needed. Class size is strictly limited and cannot be adjusted on the day of your program. Extra chaperones will not be able to attend classroom programs due to space limitations. A teacher must be present at all times during the program. The lead teacher will be contacted by Dallas Zoo instructional staff one (1) week prior to your scheduled visit with program location details.


Dallas Zoo Animeals can be purchased in advance through our Group Sales and Catering Department. Food and drink can also be purchased at several locations throughout the Zoo, including The Prime Meridian Café, Serengeti Grill, and Bantu BBQ  For more information please contact our Group Sales Office at 469.554.7477 or email 

Groups can bring their lunches to the Zoo and eat in any of our outdoor picnic areas, including Cat Green and Picnic Ridge. We do not have lunch storage on grounds. Plan to carry your lunches with you. We advise groups to hand out lunches at the bus or bring wheeled coolers/carts to transport them. If you leave the Zoo to get lunches on the bus, you will need to show your receipt/admission ticket to re-enter the Zoo.

Feedings and Experiences

Don’t forget to include some of our other fun, kid-friendly activities when planning your Zoo adventure. Please note that reservations are not accepted for these activities.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more helpful information.


The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to change pricing and policies without notice.

The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours. Contact us at or 469.554.7300.