FIELD TRIPS


Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. — John Muir

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to over 1,400 species of animals and 2,000 species of plants from around the world. It is also the field trip destination for nearly 100,000 school students, teachers and chaperones every year from as far away as Columbia, SC & Savannah, GA, Orlando & Tallahassee, FL. Whether you are studying Life Cycles and Adaptations or Animal Behavior or Ecosystems, there is plenty to see and do while visiting the Zoo. Field trips are self-guided, but we encourage you to attend keeper talks and schedule an education program to maximize the resources available to you and your students while you are here.

SEASONAL WARNING! March, April & May are the busiest months for school visits. Nearly 50,000 or 50% of our annual field trip attendance occurs during these spring months, and our programming schedule fills to capacity. To avoid the reservation rush, make your reservation TODAY! Or, avoid the spring rush and plan your visit for fall or winter.

2016-2017 Field Trip Packet


To schedule a field trip please email education@jacksonvillezoo.org or call 904.757.4463 ext. 122


Education Group Rates

IMPORTANT! All reservations must be made at least two weeks in advanced.

In order to receive these discounted rates, teachers must collect everyone's money in advanced and make one payment at the front gate with a school check or credit card.  If anyone pays on their own, they will be charged the full admission rates.

**PLEASE NOTE: All prices below effective October 1, 2016.

Duval County Public and Private School Rates

*This rate is available for groups of at least 15 or more guests only during the school year. One chaperone per 10 children is required.

  • Students admitted FREE
  • 1 Chaperone per 10 Students admitted FREE (includes teachers, teacher assistants, and paraprofessionals)
  • $13.95 additional Chaperones over the 1:10 ratio
  • $10.50 additional siblings (ages 3-12)
  • $2.00 + tax: Train
  • $2.00 + tax: Carousel (ages 12 and under)
  • $1.00 Stingray Bay Entry
  • $1.00 Butterfly Hollow (effective April 1st-Sept 30th)

**If your group is tax exempt, please bring a copy of the tax exempt form on the day of the trip.

Pricing subject to change.

Out of County Schools, Homeschool Groups, and all Childcare Centers, Headstarts, and Daycare Centers    

*This rate is available for groups of at least 15 or more guests only during the school year. One chaperone per 10 children is required.

  • $10.50 Children (ages 3-12)
  • $13.95 Adults and Teachers (ages 13+)
  • $2.00 + tax: Train
  • $2.00 + tax: Carousel (ages 12 and under)
  • $1.00 Stingray Bay Entry
  • $1.00 Butterfly Hollow (effective April 1st-Sept 30th)

**If your group is tax exempt, please bring a copy of the tax exempt form on the day of the trip.

Pricing subject to change.

 

Group Rates 

*This rate is available for groups of at least 15 or more paid guests during the summer months or on the weekends. One adult chaperone per 10 children is required. 

  • $11.95 Children (ages 3-12)
  • $15.95 Adults (ages 13+)
  • $3.00 + tax: Train
  • $2.00 + tax: Carousel (ages 12 and under)
  • $1.00 Stingray Bay Entry
  • $1.00 Butterfly Hollow (effective April 1st-Sept 30th)

**If your group is tax exempt, please bring a copy of the tax exempt form on the day of the trip.

Pricing subject to change.

SEASONAL WARNING! March, April & May are the busiest months for school visits. Nearly 50,000 or 50% of our annual field trip attendance occurs during these spring months, and our programming schedule fills to capacity. To avoid the reservation rush, make your reservation TODAY! Or, avoid the spring rush and plan your visit for fall or winter.

 

Lunch Options

Bring Your Own Lunches
*Picnic tables are on a first come, first serve basis

If you bring your own lunches, you can make use of our Picnic Grove. This area is located at the south end of Zoo's main parking lot. We do not allow outside food and/or coolers in the Zoo, so we recommend leaving the coolers on the bus until you are ready to eat. Please keep in mind that the area is open to the public. We cannot guarantee that other guests will not be making use of the Picnic Grove. Picnic tables are not reserved for groups and are on a first come, first serve basis.

Please respect our 30 minute lunch times as well as our capacity limit of 180 people in the area at one time.


Purchase Bagged Lunches

*Must be reserved at the time the field trip reservation is made. Subject to availability. 

Price: $5.00 + tax
**If your group is tax exempt, please bring a copy of the tax exempt form with you on the day of your trip.

Lunches include:
-Your choice of a hamburger, hot dog, or Uncrustable PB&J
-1 oz. bag of Classic potato chips
-Bag of animal crackers
-Kool-Aid Jammer juice pouch

Depending on availability and your group size, bagged lunches can be reserved Monday-Friday at 11:00, 11:45, 12:00, or 12:30 and will be located at the Trout River Grill restaurant or Shaba Terrace. All lunch orders must be turned in the Monday of the week before your trip date.  


Field Trip Policies

Teachers, chaperones and students are expected to follow these guidelines while visiting the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Click Here!

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here to download our W-9.

 


 

Educational programs sponsored by CHASE. 



Sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, 
the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.