Discount admission rates and discount train tickets are available for groups of 15 or more that enter the zoo together and are paid for in one transaction.
|Regular Admission||$7.50 (Adult)|
|Regular Admission||$5.50 (Child)|
All rates and fees are subject to change.
Group rates are available for schools, churches, assisted care facilities, and other organizations. They must be groups of 15 or more, enter the zoo together and be paid for in one transaction. Family groups are not included.
All chaperones/parents may be included in the group rate if they wish to enter the Zoo with the group/class and are paid for with the group. One payment can cover admission and train tickets.
Anyone paying individually will be charged the regular admission fee.
Teachers and bus drivers are admitted free.
Cash, business/organization check, cashier check or credit card payment is accepted.
School or business purchase orders can be accepted if arrangements are made with the Zoo office at least one week prior to your visit.
Change cannot be given to an individual if checks are not made out accurately. The remaining balance will be mailed to the school.
Refunds will not be given once a group has entered the Zoo. Unused train tickets are nonrefundable but can be used on another visit.
Field trips are welcomed at the zoo anytime during the year. Reservations are required and we recommend you make arrangements at least two weeks prior to your visit. During the spring, be sure to reserve at least a month in advance.
The months of March, April, and May are extremely busy, especially on Fridays, so consider Monday through Thursday. Sometimes it is necessary to limit the number of groups visiting each day to prevent overcrowding. Fall is also a great time to visit the zoo.
The Education Department can assist teachers with activity ideas. Scavenger hunts, observation sheets, animal trivia quizzes or animal fact sheets are available upon request.
Education programs featuring amazing small creatures, videos and more can be scheduled in advance at no additional cost.
Lessons are customized to adhere to Louisiana's state-mandated standards of learning and are taught using scientific inquiry.
Contact the Education Department at 318-441-6810 to discuss program options for your grade level.
School IDs or name tags should be worn by students and teachers. These can be wrist bands, adhesive tags, or may be attached to the student with string.
Please DO NOT use safety or straight pins as they are a serious health hazard to the animals if they fall off.
Please include the name of the child, teacher's name, and school on tags.
Buses should unload students at the Front Entrance. Bus parking is available behind Bringhurst Park Baseball Complex.
The picnic area inside the Zoo is limited and cannot be reserved. Picnic areas inside the zoo include the playground and Picnic Pavilion. Seating at the tables at the Palm Cafe is reserved for customers only.
Public areas are available adjacent to the zoo grounds. The shaded, grassy area in the front zoo parking lot, Big Island, and City Park all have areas that can accomodate picnicing groups. Bringhurst Park has a larger playground and splash pad. Teachers can receive a hand stamp that will allow the entire class to re-enter the Zoo after lunch outside the Zoo.
No glass containers or straws should be brought into the Zoo. Due to lack of space, we do not provide monitored lunch storage. Ice chests are allowed but are the responsibility of the group.
You may contact the Palm Cafe (318-441-6836 or 318-308-3298) for lunch arrangements. The Palm Cafe is operated by a private vendor and all arrangements should be made directly with the Cafe.
Prior arrangements for lunch CANNOT be made through the Zoo offices. The Palm Cafe requests a final count at least one week before your scheduled field trip, and requires a 24 hour cancellation notice.
Kids options include hot dog, corn dog, or ham and cheese hoagie meals. Adult options include hamburger or cheeseburger meals. For an additional charge, sno cones are also available.
The Zootique is open from 10 am - 5 pm. Teachers may contact the Zootique (318-441-6820) prior to a scheduled visit to arrange for souvenir bags to be prepared for each student. (The Zootique requires a minimum 1 week notice.)
The Zootique manager will work with teachers to prepare bags at an agreed upon price. During busy times at the Zoo, Management may limit the number of students visiting the Zootique at one time.
Each summer kids in kindergarten through the 8th grade can spend a whole week learning about the zoo and its unique residents during Summer Safari.
Each class is geared to a specific age group and sessions include activities, crafts, behind-the-scenes tours, snacks, train rides, animal encounters, visits with zookeepers, and a t-shirt.Summer Safari classes enable your child to experience the Zoo and its animals under the guidance of teachers, trained volunteers and Zoo staff.
A completed application with full payment is required to reserve a space. All registrations are processed in the order they are received and membership status is checked.
Summer Safari forms must be received no later than the Wednesday before your chosen class.
Over Two (2) Weeks Prior to Your Class
$20 Cancellation Fee
Rescheduling requests are determined by availability.
Once your child's registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation notice by mail, phone, or email based on your registration form. Classes may be cancelled or combined if registration is below our required minimum.
No, we adhere to grade requirements as our classes are age appropriate. All classes are based on grade completed in May 2015.
It will be more likely for your child to be registered in the same class with a friend if both completed forms with payment are turned in together.
If non-member forms are mailed with member forms, they will both be processed after the non-member date.
We can put you on a waiting list, however there is no guarantee that a space will become available.
Your child can attend multiple classes for his or her age group. Although some activities may be repeated, different lesson plans are developed for each class.
Children may be registered for up to TWO classes.
PLEASE MAKE US AWARE OF ANY ALLERGIES or restrictions your child may have. Note this on the registration form and make sure the teacher is aware of this on the first day.
Drop-off and pick-up occurs at Education Building A behind Bringhurst Field, not the main Zoo Entrance.
Children should arrive 10 minutes prior to class beginning and should be picked up promptly at the end of class.
A parent or guardian MUST sign the child in and out each day.
Children should dress comfortably, no new or valuable clothing.
CLOSED SHOES are required. No slides, flip-flops, sandals, crocs, wheelies, etc.
Make sure clothing is weather appropriate, since campers will spend time outdoors too.
Summer Safari campers will receive a t-shirt (included in class fee), and no size exchanges can be made. T-shirts will be issued on photo day (usually the second day).
It is not necessary for anyone to attend with the child unless there are special need requirements.
Campers are supervised at all times by Zoo staff, trained volunteers and educators who conduct the classes. Registered teen volunteers may accompany groups of campers when walking in the zoo.
Yes, snacks are prepared for all classes and water and other drinks are made available every day. Children cannot purchase drinks or snack during classes.
Each day children will get to see different animals up close. Some will be touchable, others not. Children are offered special educational opportunities such as visits with zookeepers.
A limited number of partial to full scholarships are available.
For ages 4 & 5
Youngsters experience the amazing animal kingdom through story time, crafts, refreshments and an animal visit.
Each class is coordinated to follow a different animal theme. Train rides are included.
Parents need not stay for the class unless there is a special need requirement. There are plenty of volunteers on hand so that kids have a fun, safe zoo experience.
Please note Zoo Cubs classes will not be offered this summer due to lack of education personnel available on Saturdays.
For ages 2 & 3
Adults and little ones can discover the zoo together in this playful hour-long class.
Children are introduced to the wonders of wildlife through stories, music, circle time, hands-on learning, and a guided walking tour to see an animal in the zoo.
Train rides are included. Don't forget your stroller!
Due to limited space, maximum of one adult per child. For everyone's safety and enjoyment, unregistered children including siblings may not attend. Strollers are not provided but are strongly recommended.
Please note Babes & Beasts classes will not be offered this summer due to lack of education personnel available on Saturdays.