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FIELD TRIPS for Homeschool Groups

Plan your field trip to the Dallas Zoo today!  With over 106 acres to explore including our newest and largest exhibit, The Giants of the Savanna, the Dallas Zoo is the largest zoological experience in Texas!  Bring your homeschool group for self-guided field trips at a discounted admission rate.  Groups must pre-register at least two weeks in advance of their scheduled date to qualify.  The Dallas Zoo is closed on Christmas day.

Cost: $5.00/student, $5.00/adult (teachers or chaperones), 1 free adult/10 students.  Government-plated buses park for free. All other vehicles pay regular parking, $8.00/vehicle.

Payment for Zoo admission can be mailed in advance or paid at the gate. Refunds will be issued in the form of a check for overpayments of $20 or more. Payment for programs must be paid in full at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled program date.  Refunds will not be given for cancellations made within two weeks of the scheduled date.

Additional Field Trip Experiences.  Add one or more of the following:

Classroom Program at the Zoo

Guided Tour


General Scheduling Information

What groups are eligible for the education admission rate?

Eligible groups include: accredited public or private schools, state-licensed daycares, homeschool association 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).

What groups are NOT eligible for the education admission rate?

Ineligible non-education groups include churches, day camps, corporations, senior citizens, Mother’s Day out, family groups, birthdays, travel companies, non City of Dallas recreation centers, non-profits, college trips (not led by teacher), etc.

To schedule a field trip or program, you must submit a reservation form at least two (2) weeks in advance of the requested date. Classroom programs and guided tours can be scheduled Monday-Friday between 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  Your field trip or program is confirmed when you receive a confirmation letter from us which includes a reservation number.   Field trip reservations cannot be accepted on special event days (i.e. Science Day, Dollar Day, Homeschool Day).  Please note that April and May are high volume school group months, especially during state testing.  Please plan travel and entrance times accordingly.

Field trips that include a program must be paid in full, for the total number of students requested, at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled date.  Self-guided field trips may be paid in full prior to the scheduled date or on the day of the visit.


Cancellation/Reschedule Policy

Your reservation may be rescheduled once without penalty.  Reschedule dates should be at least two (2) weeks in advance.  Additional reschedules will be charged $25 per instance.  Cancellations must be received in writing at least one (1) week prior to the date of your visit.  Refunds will not be issued for any amount under $20, for cancellations made within one (1) week of the scheduled date, or for no-show groups.  Your school (and/or Big Thought/ArtsPartners if using AP funding) will be invoiced for the total reservation cost if you fail to show for your field trip/program or cancel within one (1) week of the scheduled date.

The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park are open rain or shine.  Field trips and programs will be cancelled if DISD is closed due to severe weather.  Please contact Education Reservations (469-554-7300 or ) as soon as possible if cancelling or rescheduling due to severe weather.  Rescheduling fees due to DISD closure will be waived.  Reschedule dates should be at least two (2) weeks in advance.  We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals, but we reserve the right to cancel or adjust programs as needed.


Code of Conduct

Teachers and chaperones will be held responsible for student conduct. Any behavior that endangers the safety of our animals, staff or other visitors will result in your group being expelled from our facility.

  • DO have students wear nametags that include their name, school, and teacher’s name (no safety pins)
  • DO stay with their assigned chaperones at all times.
  • DO understand that animals, like us, need rest and privacy.  If an animal is not visible, check back later.
  • DO pick up your trash. Please dispose of garbage in trash or recycling bins.
  • DO stay on pathways.
  • DO walk, not run.
  • DO use quiet voices.
  • DO be patient and look all around the exhibit. Animals are adapted to blend in with their surroundings. They may be resting nearby.
  • DON’T feed animals. They are on a carefully balanced diet.
  • DON’T climb on rocks, walls, or fences.
  • DON’T deface Zoo or Aquarium property.
  • DON’T pick plants or flowers.
  • DON’T tap on exhibit glass, scream, spit and/or throw objects of any kind into exhibits. This behavior is disrespectful and will not be tolerated.

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.