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School and Youth Programs

Field Trips

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SCHOOL PROGRAMS

FIELD TRIPS

All of our field trip tours and programs are aligned to Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards. We support your classroom studies in all curriculum areas: science, language arts, fine arts, social studies, and math. Teachers and Youth Group Leaders can choose a Zoo Educator-guided tour that includes a bus tour, behind-the-scenes visits, and up-close animal encounters or a self-guided tour at no added cost for their school group as part of a field trip to the Zoo.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY SCHOOLS

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Admission to the Zoo is FREE for all students in San Diego County during the traditional school year. All schools and qualified home schools pay $15 per student for weekends, holidays, and during winter, spring and summer school breaks. 

Teachers can choose a Zoo Educator-guided tour that includes a bus tour, behind-the-scenes visits, and up-close animal encounters or a self-guided tour for their school group as part of a field trip to the Zoo.

During October, in-county and out-of-county school groups, grades pre-K–college, are admitted free, but must make a reservation.

A special free tour is available for second grade classes in San Diego County.

▸ Learn more about upgrading to a Guided Tour

▸ Learn more about the free second grade Adaptation Connections Program

▸ Learn more about Self-Guided Tours

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NON-SAN DIEGO COUNTY SCHOOLS & HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS

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Non-San Diego County schools and qualified home schools receive a reduced admission fee of $15 per student, including weekends, holidays, and during winter, spring and summer school breaks. During October, in-county and out-of-county school groups, grades pre-K–college, are admitted free, but must make a reservation.

Teachers can choose a Zoo Educator-guided tour that includes a bus tour, behind-the-scenes visits, and up-close animal encounters or a self-guided tour for their school group as part of a field trip to the Zoo.

▸ Learn more about upgrading to a Guided Tour

▸ Learn more about Self-Guided Tours

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YOUTH GROUPS AND PARENT PARTICIPATION

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Youth groups  (such as scouts, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.) and parent participation classes receive a reduced admission fee of $23 per youth and $28 per chaperone, but must meet the minimum group size of 15. Group reservations are required for these rates. Groups without reservations pay regular admission rates. Guided tours and classes are offered for all groups with advance reservations.  *Discounted rate applies to adult chaperones within the assigned ratio. Adults exceeding ratio incur higher fees.

Youth group leaders can choose a Zoo Educator-guided tour that includes a bus tour, behind-the-scenes visits, and up-close animal encounters or a self-guided tour for their school group as part of a field trip to the Zoo.

▸ Learn more about upgrading to a Guided Tour

▸ Learn more about Self-Guided Tours

QUESTIONS?

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

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