Bronx Zoo

Field Trips

Explore the Bronx Zoo with our helpful, trained guides. Since 1970, the Friends of the Zoo have provided guided tours to groups of schoolchildren, scouts, families, and adults who are interested in learning more about our animals and exhibits.

  • Tour Length: 60 minutes
  • Tour Times: 10:15-11:15 AM or 11:45-12:45 PM. Afternoon times available upon request

Private Groups

(any non-school group)

Availability

  • Tours accommodated daily throughout the year

Fee

  • $250 up to 30 people, $225 Early Bird
  • General admission included. *Parking is not included.
  • One adult chaperone for every ten minors is required.

*For groups interested in Total Experience Admission, contact Group Sales to purchase tickets for 10 or more people. For groups with less than 10 people, purchase Total Experience Tickets in advance on the Bronx Zoo website or purchase at any gate on the date of your visit. This purchase will be in addition to the tour fee.


School Groups

Availability

  • Tours accommodated Monday-Friday from September-June

Fee for NYC Public Schools

  • $150 per group (up to 35 students and 7 adults), $125 Early Bird
  • General admission to the Zoo is always free for NYC Public Schools. Bus parking is not included.
  • One adult chaperone for every ten students is required

Fee for All Other Schools

  • $250 per tour up to 35 students and 7 adult chaperones, $225 Early Bird
  • General admission to the Zoo is included. Bus parking is not included.
  • One adult chaperone for every ten students is required

Endangered Species

3rd - 12th Grade

Why is wildlife disappearing, and what are conservation organizations like the WCS doing to help? You’ll answer these questions and learn about conservation actions you can take by studying animals at the zoo whose wild counterparts are endangered. (Recommended for students 3rd grade & up)

Fee: Early Bird (Sept-Feb) $125 Members/$225 Non-Members
Length: 60 minute session




Rainforest Exhibit

Pre-K - 12th Grade

Visit one of our rainforest exhibits (Congo, Jungle World, Madagascar) on this special tour and learn about the unique animals that live there as well as the amazing resources that we get from this special habitat

Fee: Early Bird (Sept-Feb) $125 Members/$225 Non-Members
Length: 60 minute session

Adaptations

Pre-K - 12th Grade

Animals are well equipped to thrive in varied environments like the rainforest, grasslands, tundra, and deserts. On this tour, learn about the unique physical and behavioral traits that help different animals to survive!

Fee: Early Bird (Sept-Feb) $125 Members/$225 Non-Members
Length: 60 minute session

New! Marvelous Mammals

K - 2nd Grade

What makes an animal a mammal? Figure it out by exploring the zoo with a guide and looking for animals with special mammal characteristics! We'll visit a collection of exhibits to see which animals are mammals and which are not.

Fee: Early Bird (Sept-Feb) $125 Members/$225 Non-Members
Length: 60 minute session

Animal Behavior

6th - 8th Grade

Why are some animals more active at night? Why do some live in groups while others are solitary? During this tour, visitors are encouraged to observe animals in action. We'll talk about why animals behave the way they do, and what wildlife scientists might learn from studying their behavior. (NYC Urban Advantage Approved)

Fee: Early Bird (Sept-Feb) $125 Members/$225 Non-Members
Length: 60 minute session

Scavenger Hunt - Explore On Your Own

preK-12th

A scavenger hunt is a great way to get your students excited about learning while at the zoo! Lead your students through the zoo using a guide designed by our Teacher Advisory Council. Scavenger hunts lead groups through exhibit experiences and provide engaging experiences throughout the experience! All scavenger hunts are designed to meet NYC Scope and Sequence requirements and Common Core.

PreK-K: 5 Senses
1st - 2nd: Actions for Survival
3rd - 5th: African Plains Safari
6th - 8th: Animal Behavior
9th - College: Wildlife Conservation

Fee: $50 NYC public/$125 all other schools


Registration Information

Contact the Bronx Zoo Education Department at bzeducation@wcs.org or (800) 433-4149, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

We welcome students with special needs. Please be sure to mention the various needs of your students when creating your registration.

Tour Policies

Payment

  • Private/Non-school tour registrations must be paid in full at time of registration by credit card or within 7 business days by check.
  • School tour registrations must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to the first scheduled tour date. Schools may make payment via check or credit card.
  • Purchase Orders are accepted for school tour registrations as long as an approved copy is received by the Bronx Zoo Education Department 2 weeks prior to the first scheduled tour date.
  • Under no circumstances will tours be offered to school groups without full payment or an approved purchase order within 2 weeks of first scheduled tour date.

Cancellations

  • All cancellations must be received in writing by email (bzeducation@wcs.org) or fax (718) 733-9545.
  • Cancellations made at least 4 weeks in advance will receive a 50% refund.
  • There are no refunds for programs cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to the scheduled date of program.

Late Arrivals

  • Due to a very full schedule, tours may not be extended for late arriving groups beyond the scheduled end time.
  • Tour guides will make every attempt to provide a tour in the time available.
  • Please obtain information on how to locate the Zoo and the specific tour meeting location in advance of your trip.
  • Directions to the Zoo and a copy of the Zoo Map are available online at www.bronxzoo.com.

Weather Conditions

  • All tours are held rain or shine and regardless of inclement weather conditions.
  • Please encourage group participants, especially school children, to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.
  • Exceptions are made for schools when field trips are cancelled for an entire school district by their main Department of Education.

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