School Field Trip Information

North Carolina Zoo offers unique and entertaining learning experiences for children in grades K-12, as well as for college and university students. By visiting The Zoo, students get to not only have a fun field trip, but also learn about animals.

  • Only North Carolina Public, Private and Registered Home Schools (K-12) are eligible for free admission benefits at the North Carolina Zoo.
  • Reservations for the 2021/2022 school year are available for visit dates between September 7, 2021 and June 9, 2022.
  • Reservations can be made for visits Monday - Friday only, black out dates apply for certain holidays and school break periods.
  • Reservations must be made at least 1 week in advance of visit date.
  • Please print and bring your confirmation letter received via email for entry on the day of your visit. This is the ticket for your group. 
  • Parking and Unloading buses near the entrance is not permitted.
  • Bus parking is located in Lot A and Solar Point in the North America parking lot and Lot 1 in the Africa parking lot.  Buses must park and unload/load in one of these lots. 
  • School field trips require one adult chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones must remain with and supervise their students at all times.
  • Please be sure to review the Zoo's current operations before planning your trip.
  • Face coverings are optional and encouraged for unvaccinated and high-risk individuals. 
  • Additional guests/parents/chaperones can purchase tickets online in advance or at the gate for Zoo entry. 
  • Students may not carry backpacks inside the Zoo. Backpacks are allowed for teachers and chaperones only.
  • Students may carry a small drawstring bag for their personal belongings if needed.  We also encourage the use of refillable water bottles. 
  • Lunches are not allowed to be brought into the Zoo. Schools that bring their own lunches can eat at the picnic areas located outside the Zoo entrance gates 
  • If you choose to leave the Zoo to eat during your visit be sure to see a representative from admissions to receive a hand-stamp for re-entry before exiting to the parking lot or picnic areas.
Children on school trip observing the gyser

FAQ's for School Field Trips