Teachers Lounge :: Guided Tour at the Zoo

Guided Tour at the Zoo

 

We offer two distinctly fascinating guided tours designed to enhance your curriculum and inspire animal lovers of all ages!  Both programs are TEKS-aligned and led by our very own Dallas Zoo instructors!
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Guided Tour:  African Safari
Grades: K – 12th
Length:  60 minutes

What does it take to survive on the savanna?  Explore the Savanna with an interactive, instructor-led tour.  Discover the specialized adaptations of the animals who call the Dallas Zoo’s Giants of the Savanna home.

Cost:  $180/program (1- 20 students). $9.00/ additional student (max 30 students per program). Price includes Zoo admission. You receive 1 free adult per 10 students. Additional adults are $5 each.


Guided Tour:  Destination Conservation
Grades:  K-12th
Length:  60 minutes

Participate in an interactive, instructor led tour to learn about local and worldwide conservation.  What does it mean to be endangered?  How do wildlife biologists know when an animal needs additional protection, and how do we protect that animal?  What is the role of a zoo in conservation?  Students will explore the answers to these and more questions, while learning about the endangered species that call the Dallas Zoo home.

Cost:  $180/program (1- 20 students). $9.00/ additional student (max 30 students per program). Price includes Zoo admission. You receive 1 free adult per 10 students. Additional adults are $5 each.


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 Education@DallasZoo.com ) 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.

Dallas ISD ArtsPartners Funding – Your ArtsPartner voucher is NOT a field trip reservation.  Your voucher number and approval amount must be included on the reservation form.

 

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 Education@DallasZoo.com or 469.554.7300.