Field Trip Reservations
Welcome to the On-line Reservation System for the Sacramento Zoo!

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 1 week 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, K-12 Public, Preschool, Private, Schools for Homeless or START.

If you do not qualify as a school, you must reserve a Group Reservation.

Additional Programming:
You may choose additional educational programming to enhance your experience during the reservation process.

Keeper Encounter
Would you like to meet a Zoo Keeper or an Animal Trainer to learn more about the Zoo and its animals? This 30-minute interactive program will focus on one of the following topics, or a custom topic to fit your educational needs.
Program cost: $40

  • Animal care: Learn about what it goes into the care, feeding and maintenance of the over 400 animals in the Zoo’s collection.
  • Animal training: Meet with an animal trainer to learn about Operant Conditioning and how it is applied here at the Zoo.
  • Biomimicry: This Keeper Encounter explores the science of animals and how their adaptations influence our world of technology.
  • 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 Zoo Keeper to learn about the variety of job opportunities at a Zoo and how to get started on this career path.

Survive and Thrive: An Animal Adaptation Show (seasonal)
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 10:00 a.m. at the amphitheater
  • 200 persons maximum
  • Cost: $2.50 per person

Zoo Preview (seasonal)
Our Docents (volunteer educators) lead a 30-minute educational, interactive program.

  • Designed for Kindergarten – 2nd grade
  • Available Tuesday – Friday, all year except from May 14th – August 14th.
  • 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.
  • Cost: Free

The following topics are available for you to choose from:

  • What Animals Need to Survive – The role of air, water, food, and shelter with a reference to conservation opportunities.
  • Differences in 3 Habitats - (options include desert, grasslands, forests, wetlands, scrub habitat).
  • Includes how habitats hide and protect the species, how to find food, habitat specifics and conservation issues for that habitat
  • Common Characteristics - Commonalities of reptiles, birds and mammals, and conservation issues related to these groups.

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.

Start your field trip reservation here!

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