Give your youth once in a lifetime enrichment experiences as they spot a leopard, hide from a dinosaur, even pet a shark!  A day at the Zoo offers discovery, learning and more.

Youth groups are comprised of 15 or more children ages 3 through 12th grade organized by a recognized provider of the following:

  • Day care
  • School age care
  • Scouting associations
  • Park districts
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Community education

If you are a K-12 school or college, please visit School Field Trips.

If you are any other type of group, please visit Group Tickets.

Youth Group Pricing:
prices subject to change

School Year Summer
June 11-Sept. 7, 2020
ADMISSION (15+ youth)    
Youth–  PreK-5th Grade $6.00 $10.00
Youth– 6th-12th Grade $8.00 $15.00
Chaperones* FREE FREE
Additional Adults $12.00 $15.00

*One free chaperone per five paid children

Car or van $7.00
Bus or motor coach $10.00


Register your Youth Group:
To schedule your group, click on the Youth Group Reservation Request Form and send to us.
Youth Group Reservation Request Form

An email confirmation will be sent within 3 business days confirming the reservation.  Please note, your date is not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation.

Youth Groups must register at least 1 week in advance of your visit. Youth Group discounts are not available at the door without a reservation.

Arriving with your Group:
Buses should follow the signs at the South Entry for drop off and park at the back of the Gibbon parking lot for the remainder of the visit.  The group leader should have exact attendee numbers ready and proceed to the Guest Services desk to check in and pay. The group must wait together either on the bus or outside the Zoo’s main building entrance doors until the group leader is finished before entering.  Enjoy your visit!

Payment is due at Guest Services upon entering the Zoo or in advance- call 952.431.9298.  Payment is required in its entirety by one person only. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover check or cash.  If your actual numbers fall below the required 15 person minimum, your reservation will change to general admission pricing.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is included in admission?
What if I don’t know my exact numbers at the time I make a reservation?
May we bring our own lunches to the zoo?
What if I have late arrivals?