Plan Your Field Trip to John Ball Zoo!
School groups that pre-register and pre-pay for a field trip at least two weeks in advance are eligible to receive our discounted student rate.* A separate reservation must be made for each visit. All paid students, teachers, and adult chaperones are issued a wristband for admission into the Zoo once payment is received. Wristbands will be mailed to your school. Please find a copy of our wristband policy below.
Discounted Admission for School Groups
School groups visiting from outside of Kent County receive a discounted student rate of $4 per student. All teachers, bus drivers, and 1 parent chapereone per every 5 students receive free admission. Additional chaperones beyond the 1:5 ratio will be charged the regular adult admission rate.
Kent County School Groups
Kent County school students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade receive FREE zoo admission for school group visits, thanks to the 2016 millage! All teachers, bus drivers, and 1 parent chaperone per every 5 students receive free admission. Additional chaperones beyond the 1:5 ratio will be charged the regular adult admission rate.
Homeschool and Virtual Learning Groups
Groups of 25 or more homeschool/virtual learning students that pre-register and pre-pay for a field trip at least two weeks in advance are eligible to receive the discounted student rate. 1 parent chaperone per every 3 students receives free admission. Additional chaperones beyond the 1:3 ratio will be charged the regular adult admission rate.
*These rates do not apply to daycare or day camps. For Discounted Admission Rates for Youth-Oriented Organizations please click here
Add a Program to Your Visit!
Come visit the zoo and learn about wildlife with our Zoo education staff in a live animal presentation. Our 30-45 minute Wild Encounter presentations are designed to teach students about one of our core education topics through a hands-on animal encounter in a classroom setting. These classes are for students ages pre-K through adults and are for groups of up to 30 students and up to 6 adults (classes for pre-K through Kindergarten students are limited to 20 students).
Wild Encounters are $55 per classroom. Bring animals to your classroom with a Travel Zoo.
Designed for grades 2-4. Habitats come alive as students are immersed into the life of a penguin. Hands on activities bring to light what Magellanic penguins need in their habitat and how animals play an important role. Students pretend to be a penguin while they create a nesting habitat which is then put to the test against some environmental constraints. Penguineering is for classroom sized groups of no more than 30 students.
Price is $55 per class at the zoo. Bring Penguineering to your classroom for $100 for the first program, $60 for each consecutive program, and $1 per mile travel fee.
This career-focused class is for middle and high school students. Working with wild animals can be exciting, rewarding, and sometimes even a little stinky! During this program, your class will get a sneak peek into what working for a zoo is really like. Enjoy hands-on activities and expert insight while learning about zoo keeping, zoo veterinary care, and wildlife research.
Price is $55 per class at the Zoo. Bring Zoo Careers to your classroom for $100 for the first program, $60 for each consecutive program, and $1 per mile travel fee.
Designed for 5th-12th grade. Building exhibits at the Zoo is no small task. This class is structured around how an animal's needs and adaptations help guide the materials used and engineering skills are put to the test as groups design and create 3D models of a new exhibit. This class can be modified for a variety of age groups and aligns perfectly with the engineering design standards. The exhibit design class is for classroom sized groups of no more than 30 students and is ideal for 20-25 students.
Price is $70 per class. Bring the Exhibit Design class to your classroom for $100 for the first program, $60 for each consecutive program, and $1 per mile travel fee.
COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo does not currently require program participants to wear face masks. We will continue to follow masking guidelines set by local, state, and federal agencies and update this policy as needed.
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