School Field Trips

Field Trips

Gain a new perception of the fascinating animal world by experiencing wildlife up close.

Alexandria Zoo is a fabulous outdoor classroom and our staff is ready to assist teachers, making your school field trip an experience to remember while reinforcing classroom teaching.

To help your field trip experience go as smooth as possible, please read the new 2018-2019 Know Before You Go School Packet.

School: Know Before You Go

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To Qualify for the School Field Trip Group Rate a Group Must:

  • Be at the Pre-K - college level and at a school recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education
  • Make a reservation online at least two weeks prior to visiting
  • Have a minimum of 15 PAYING individuals
  • Have all student, teacher and additional school personnel payments collected in advance and present payment at the Admission Gate as one single transaction. Your entire group must enter together at the time of payment. Those entering separately from the group will be charged full price. Please come with an accurate count.
  • Pay with cash, school check (Personal checks are not accepted), or Visa/MasterCard. Purchase orders are not accepted. (The Zoo is unable to refund overpayments made by check.)
  • Have a minimum of one adult (aged 21 years or older) per 10 students (through grade 12); a 1:5 ratio is preferred. College students must be accompanied by at least one teacher.

All rates and fees are subject to change.

Students

Admission $4.50 / Train $1.50

All students, including children 3 and under and FOTAZ members, are charged the group rate.

School Personnel

Admission $4.50 / Train $1.50

One teacher per class (minimum class size 15 students) and bus drivers are admitted free with valid school ID. Additional teachers, teacher aides and other school personnel will be charged (must present valid school ID). Bus drivers must check in and receive a wristband if entering Zoo.

Parents/Chaperones

Admission $7.50 / Train $2.00

Parent/Chaperone admission cannot be collected by teachers. Parents, chaperones and additional adults are not included in the school group count and don’t qualify for the group rate. Parents, chaperones and additional adults must pay separately from the group at the gate and are charged full price (or can use their FOTAZ membership).

Zoo memberships are not valid for field trip visits. Memberships were designed for an individual, couple or family experience and not built for field trip usage.

Because we serve a large volume of field trips each year, it is necessary to serve field trips efficiently in order to provide good customer service for all visitors.

  • No refunds will be issued once a ticket is purchased.
  • No refunds or rain checks will be issued due to inclement weather. The Zoo is an outdoor facility with little indoor space. Please plan your trip to the Zoo accordingly based upon the anticipated weather conditions for that day.
  • No refunds will be issued to anyone removed from the Zoo for failure to follow Zoo rules.
  • Unused train tickets are non-refundable but can be used on another visit.
Education Program

Education Programs

Free education programs are presented by the Education Department and feature our education animal ambassadors. Lessons are customized to adhere to Louisiana's state-mandated standards of learning and taught using scientific inquiry.

On the field trip reservation request form, choose the program that best fits your learning objectives and select a time. If your selected time has already been booked, we'll contact you with other available times to choose from.

Education programs are available Monday through Friday, from August - May. Requests are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Maximum 60 persons; please select an additional program on your Field Trip Reservation Request if your group size exceeds 60.
Programs last 20 minutes.

Forest Friends

Discover the incredible animals that live in, under, and around the many forest of the world. These creatures rely on the trees as much as we do, what can we do to help share our forest with them?
(LS-E-C1) (SE-E-A2)

Conservation Heroes

The world in which we live is changing, the planet is facing threats. Most of these are by us, and happening unknowingly. Discover simple changes we can all make to protect our one and only home.
(SI-H-A5) (LS-H-F4)

Predators & Prey: A Game of Survival

The food web is an elaborate structure that lives on the edge of chaos. What skills or adaptations do animals at the top, and the bottom of this web possess that allow them to live another day?
(LS-E-C1) (LS-E-C2) (LS-E-C2) (LS-E-C3) (LS-M-D1) (LS-M-C2) (ESS-M-A8)

Animal Kingdom

Learn to identify and categorize animals from around the world in to the scientific groups they belong. Discover the many unique characteristics and adaptations such as the scales, feathers, and fur that animals have.
(LS-E-A3) (LS-E-A4) (LS-E-A1) (LS-E-A4) (LS-E-B3) (LS-E-A3) (LS-E-A3) (LS-E-B2)

Gross Out

Slimy, crawly, stinky, slithery. Why are these weird or gross animals sometimes the most important?
(LS-E-B2) (LS-E-C2) (LS-M-A3) (LS-M-A3) (LS-M-C4) (SE-M-A4)

Loading/Unloading

Students may be unloaded/loaded at the Zoo Entrance, but please be respectful of other buses behind you waiting to unload.

Bus Parking

Bus parking is available behind Bringhurst Baseball Field and the Youth Baseball/Softball Complex. Due to limited parking spaces, buses are not permitted to park in the Main Parking Lot.

Bus Map

Name Tags

School IDs or name tags should be worn by students and teachers. Please include the name of the child, teacher’s name, and school on tags.

Please DO NOT use safety or straight pins as they are a serious health hazard to the animals if they fall off.

Emergencies

If you need assistance while at the zoo, proceed directly to the Zoo Office at the front entrance where we can provide the help you need. In the event of injury or if a student is separated from your group, please alert a zoo staff member for assistance.

Lunch Storage

Registered Field Trip groups are permitted to bring in lunch. The Zoo does not provide monitored lunch storage due to lack of space. Lunch items and ice chests are the responsibility of the group.

NO GLASS CONTAINERS OR STRAWS MAY BE BROUGHT INTO THE ZOO.

Picnic Areas in the Zoo

Picnic areas inside the zoo include the playground, Picnic Pavilion, Education Pavilion and Main Entrance. These areas are limited and cannot be reserved. Seating at the tables at the Palm Cafe is reserved for Cafe customers only.

Picnic Areas outside the Zoo

Shaded, grassy public areas adjacent to the zoo can accomodate picnicing groups. Teachers can receive a hand stamp that will allow the entire class to re-enter the Zoo after their picnic lunch outside the Zoo.

318.441.6836

Arrangements for lunch or snacks should be made directly with the Cafe and CANNOT be made through the Zoo office.

Kids options include hot dog, corn dog, or ham and cheese hoagie meals. Adult options include hamburger or cheeseburger meals.

A final count at least one week prior to your scheduled field trip is requested. A 24 hour cancellation notice is required.

Palm Cafe Meal Order Form

Are you ready to ride the rails? Embark on an wild adventure featuring fun audio tracks with educational themes such as habitats, predators, animal trivia, and more. Train tickets are required for ages one and older.

318.441.6820

Teachers may contact the Zootique prior to a scheduled visit to arrange for souvenir bags to be prepared for each student. The Zootique manager will work with teachers to prepare bags at an agreed upon price. Minimum 1 week notice required.

During busy times at the Zoo, Management may limit the number of students visiting the Zootique at one time.

Visitors can feed the koi at the pond near the train station. Fish food dispensers are located at the Train Deck and the deck by the coati.

Quarters are needed for the dispensers. Proceeds are used for Zoo projects.

Wishing Well

Kids can spin coins for conservation at the "Change the World" wishing well located near the train station.

Penny Machine

Visitors can create penny souvenirs at the penny machine adjacent to the zoo office. The machine requires two quarters and a penny.

All proceeds from the wishing well and penny machine are used to benefit animals and conservation projects.

For Chaperones

Chaperone Packet
Zoo Map
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Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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