Field Trip Reservation System
Note that we are not accepting reservations while the zoo is temporarily zoo closed due to COVID-19 precautions.
During a field trip, teachers will lead their group’s educational expedition throughout the Sacramento Zoo. Reservations are available for all ages, year-round. To secure the discounted field trip entry rate to the Sacramento Zoo, registration must be made a minimum of 2 weeks in advance and must have 10 or more attendees. There must be 1 adult chaperone for every 8 students under the age of 18.
The following qualify as a school:
Charter school, college, CORAL, Headstart, home school, TK-12 public, preschool, private, schools for homeless or START.
If you do not qualify as a school, you must reserve a Group Reservation.
You may choose additional educational programming to enhance your experience during the reservation process
Would you like to meet a zookeeper or an animal trainer to learn more about the zoo and its residents? This 30-minute interactive program will focus on one of the following topics, or a custom topic to fit your educational needs.
Program cost: Group of up to 20 people: $60. $2.50 for each additional person, up to 200 total in group.
- Animal care: Learn about what goes into caring for more than 500 animals that call the zoo home.
- Animal training: Meet with an animal trainer to learn about operant conditioning and how it is applied here at the zoo.
- Innovations from Animals: Explore the world of biomimicry – creating human technology that is influenced by the animal kingdom.
- Conservation: Explore animal conservation and learn about the zoo’s conservation projects and what you can do to help.
- Endangered species: Learn about the world of endangered species and habitats, highlighting success stories and new developments in the field.
- Zoo careers: Meet a zookeeper to learn about the variety of job opportunities at a zoo and how to get started on this career path.
- Camouflage: Learn how animals use mimicry, color patterns and behavioral camouflage to hide in their habitats.
This 20-minute, interactive show features three animal ambassadors and takes your students on a worldwide habitat tour to discover how an animal’s survival is dependent on their adaptations.
- Designed for kindergarten – 6th grade
- Months available: March/April and September/October
- Available: Tuesday – Thursdays (plus Fridays in September/October)
- Program begins at 10 am at the amphitheater
- 200 persons maximum
- Cost: $2.50 per person
Our Docents (volunteer educators) lead a 30-minute educational, interactive program.
- Designed for kindergarten – 2nd grade
- Available Tuesday – Friday, all year except from May 30 – August 14.
- Programs start times: 9:30 am or 10:30 am.
- The maximum number of attendees (including adults) per program is 30
- Reserve up to 3 back-to back programs.
The following topics are available for you to choose from:
- What Animals Need to Survive: The role of air, water, food, and shelter in animals’ survival, with a reference to conservation opportunities.
- Animals Share Common Characteristics for Survival: Commonalities within animal groups (reptiles, birds, and mammals), along with conservation issues related to each group.
- Parenting Styles of Reptiles/Amphibians, Birds and Mammals: Discussion covers common characteristics of each group and focuses on how each group cares for its young.
- Animals Have Adaptations for Survival in Their Habitats:
Discussion covers 3-5 different habitats (desert, grasslands, rainforests,wetlands, and tundra) and how the animals living in each habitat have adapted to survive. A habitat conservation message is included.
- Habitats Consist of Different Animals and Plants: Discussion identifies the 5 various habitats in the world and focuses on the animals, plants, food, water sources, and shelter opportunities in 3 of those habitats (desert, grasslands, and rainforest). A habitat conservation message is included.
Reservations are subject to approval.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- No deposit or payment is required to secure a field trip reservation.
- Payment will not be accepted in advance and is due the day of the scheduled trip. Cash, company check, personal check, and all major credit cards are forms of payment accepted at the main entrance gate.
- You must make one payment for your field trip, and everyone must enter together. Anyone arriving late must pay the general admission rate for entry.
More field trip questions?
Please email the Reservations Specialist or call 916-808-8814.