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School and Youth Programs

Field Trips

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SCHOOL PROGRAMS

FIELD TRIPS

Self-guided field trip reservations are now available!

To learn more about our virtual education options, please visit Virtual Education Programs.

The San Diego Zoo started with a roar in 1916, when Dr. Harry Wegeforth was inspired to create a Zoo for the children of San Diego. This initial inspiration is at the heart of our more than century-long commitment to education, and especially to children.

We thank you for your interest in bringing your students to the Zoo. We are fortunate we are able to offer schools free or discounted admission to the Zoo, as long as they meet our requirements.   


Pricing    

   
Quantities and Ratios  

  • The minimum size of a school/youth group is 15 people. Each school/group can bring a maximum of 200 people per day. Each individual over the 200-person limit is charged full price.
  • Groups from accredited home schools are welcome! You must meet the minimum group size of 15 to qualify for the discounted education rate.
  • Your group must have a minimum of 1 adult for every 10 students.  Adult chaperones are required to stay with their students at all times.

 

School Groups Only

The maximum ratio of free adults is 1 adult per 4 students. If you have any special needs students, we allow one adult for every special needs student in the group.

Adults within the maximum ratio are the same price as the students. Adults above the maximum ratio, up to and not exceeding the total number of students, are $15 each. If the number of adults exceeds the number of students, each adult over and above the number of students will be charged the full admission price. Teachers are counted in the total number of adults. 

In-county school and youth groups and out-of-county schools, please click here to request your field trip.

Out-of-county youth groups, please email YouthGroups@sdzwa.org to arrange your field trip. 


Guided Field Trips coming soon!

QUESTIONS?

Let us answer your questions and help create your day at the Zoo!

EducationZoo@sdzwa.org

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