Plan a Field Trip

Thank you for choosing the Minnesota Zoo as your Field Trip destination! A day at the Minnesota Zoo offers discovery, learning and more, whether you opt for a self-guided experience or select from our menu of programs. A year-round destination that offers both indoor and outdoor adventures, our exhibit areas and trails include: Discovery Bay , Medtronic Minnesota Trail, Northern Trail, Russia’s Grizzly Coast, Tropics Trail and more!

The following groups are eligible for our youth/school group rate:

School and youth groups are comprised of 8 or more children ages 3 thru college, organized by a recognized provider such as:

● School (Pre-K through College)
● Day care
● School age care
● Scouting associations
● Park districts
● Faith-based organizations
● Community Education
● Non-profit organizations serving youth/families
● Homeschools (with a minimum of 8 youth)


Register at least two weeks in advance to receive 2021-2022 youth/school group admission rates.

School Year
September 7, 2021 to June 10, 2022

- Minimum of 8 youth to receive the group rate
- Youth ages Pre K–5th grade: $6 each
- Youth ages 6th–12th grade students: $8 each
- College age: $8 each
- Adult Chaperones/Teachers: One free adult per 5 paid students
- Additional Adults: $12 each
- Parking: $7 per car or $10 per bus

Summer or Holidays

- Minimum of 8 youth to receive the group rate
- Youth ages Pre K–5th grade: $10 each
- Youth ages 6th–12th grade students: $15 each
- College age: $15 each
- Adult Chaperones/Teachers: One free adult per 5 paid students
- Additional Adults: $15 each
- Parking: $7 per car or $10 per bus

Cancellation Policy for Field Trips

School/Youth groups have one option to reschedule.

If a group cancels a field trip visit less than 3 weeks in advance, they will be billed the following:
• 1 to 3 weeks: 50% of total
• One week or less: 100% of total

In an event of inclement weather where school or programs are cancelled, school/youth groups must call or email to say they are not coming. The group will then be rescheduled.

Minnesota Zoo Field Trip 2021-2022 Reservation Form

The Minnesota Zoo is currently working to develop an online system to allow teachers and youth groups to register for field trips, classes and tours online in our new environment of timed ticketing. In the meantime, please complete the following form to register for field trips.

Please note: Field trip groups won't be scheduled on Mondays October through March due to Member Mondays.

As part of our new ticketing procedures, we are now asking for payment to be made by credit card or single check in advance of your field trip date. We are no longer able to accept memberships as a form of payment when receiving the group rate.

Complete this form to request field trip dates.

School/Organization Name*
Lead Teacher/Chaperone First Name*
Lead Teacher/Chaperone Last Name*
Lead Teacher/Chaperone Email*
Day Phone*
Day at Zoo Phone (format xxx-xxx-xxxx)*
Best Time to Contact
2nd Teacher/Chaperone Email
2nd Teacher/Chaperone First Name
2nd Teacher/Chaperone Last Name
School/Organization Street Address, City, State, Zip*
School District Number*
Select three dates you would like to attend, with your preferred date as number one.

Date 1*
Date 2*
Date 3
Time - arrival and departure (the Zoo opens for groups at 9 AM): *
# of Pre K-5th grade students ($6.00 school year, $10.00 summer/holidays)
# of 6-12th grade (& college) students ($8.00; school year, $15.00 summer/holidays)
# of teachers/chaperones (one free with each five paid students)
# of additional adults ($12.00 school year; $15.00 summer/holidays)
# of paras requested (must be requested at time of reservation)
Number of Buses parking ($10)
Number of Cars parking ($7)

How will you be paying?
Payment is due two weeks in advance of visit. We strongly encourage paying by credit card, but can also accept a single check if that is the only method that your school is able to provide.
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Are you interested in attending additional programs? Additional fees apply. Classes are available from September 22, 2021 through May 13, 2022.

Zoo Classes $100/class (up to 30 students)
Class Topic
#of classrooms per grade/age level
#of students per grade/age level

Is there anything else you would like us to know about your group? Is there any specific accommodations or support you need?
Any Questions?

You will receive an email within 10 days confirming your reservation. Note, your date has not been confirmed until you receive a confirmation. If you requested a program the scheduler will contact you to arrange program times. If you have questions email [email protected]

How do I pay for my group’s visit?

Payment is due a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your visit to the Zoo.

- Paying by credit card (preferred method). Please call 952-431-9200 with your order number and credit card payment a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your Zoo visit.

- Paying by check. Please mail in your check (with your order number referenced) so it is received a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your visit to the following address:

Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd

Apple Valley, MN 55124

What is expected of our group during our visit?

- Please see the Zoo’s most up-to-date COVID guidelines.
- Adult chaperones should stay with their groups at all times.
- Youth/students are encouraged to use the play areas but must be accompanied by a group chaperone and meet the age requirements posted.
- Youth/students are welcome to visit our gift shop but should be accompanied by an adult chaperone when possible.

Teachers/Group Leaders:
Please view this teacher/group leader PDF for all the details prior to your field trip. Also have your students/youth view the student PDF prior to your visit.

Where can we store and eat our lunches?

Lunches can be stored in Discovery Bay on the shelves or in the black bins by the Target Learning Center. Your group can eat your lunch at the tables in Discovery Bay or outdoors (if the weather permits). The seating in the Call of the Wild food court is reserved for those that are purchasing their lunch at the Zoo.

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