Field Trips

Field Trips

Self-guided Field Trips

Free general admission is available to Head Start, public, and private Illinois school groups serving kindergarten through college for self-guided field trips (parking and attraction fees still apply), but one week advance notice is needed. An Illinois school group is defined as classroom teacher accompanying his or her students, Monday through Friday, during the normal school year. Note: groups that do not meet these qualifications will be notified.

Make your reservations early—space is limited. For spring trips, please make your reservations two months in advance. For all other seasons, please make your reservations at least one week in advance. No reservations will be accepted less than one week before your requested field trip date. If you must cancel or change a reservation, call us at (708) 688-8342 or email for more information.


Field trips have ended for the 2021-2022 school year. Please check back in August for 2022-2023 dates. 


Admission Prices

  • Illinois School Groups
    Illinois students on a field trip are free every day. With your school reservation, all adult supervisors are also free.
  • Illinois Pre-K Groups
    Preschool groups located in a state-approved elementary school buildings are free with a reserved field trip.
  • Illinois Head Start Groups
    Illinois HeadStart groups on a reserved field trip are admitted into the zoo for free.
  • Out of State (non-Illinois) School Groups
    Click here for out of state reservations.

Registration for Illinois School Groups Only:

All self-guided field trip registrations will be taken through our online process. We will help walk you through the registration process below. Please note:

  • Registrations must be made at least one week in advance. For spring trips, we suggest to make your reservations at least two months in advance.
  • Bring payment for parking; $21.00/bus, $15.00/car or van on the day of your trip.
  • Field trip times must be during zoo hours; no early admissions or late stays allowed.
  • After you have completed your online reservation, YOU MUST print all of your confirmation and contract information, as this will be your only notification that you are registered. Your field-trip confirmation includes: zoo maps and a contract. This will be delivered via email at the conclusion of the online reservation process. The contract establishes an agreement to the terms of your visit between the zoo and your school. Read it carefully, sign it, and bring it with the reservation confirmation on the day of your visit.
  • Please have a copy of your confirmation and contract for EACH vehicle.
  • Illinois school groups without a reservation will be charged regular zoo admission for each adult supervisor and will not be allowed to park their bus(es) at the zoo.

Adult Supervisors (PreK to College)

School groups visiting the zoo MUST have proper adult supervision in a ratio of at least one adult for every 10 students. Adult chaperones are required to accompany each group of students, including college students. 


Contact us at 708-688-8342 or

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