John Ball Zoo

Self-Guided School Group Visit - 

Explore the zoo on your own and enjoy discounted admission rates, given to school groups* that pre-register at least three weeks in advance and pre-pay at least two weeks in advance.

Pre-Registration is required to receive the discounted student rate.

Discounted Admission for School Groups

School groups that pre-register and pre-pay for a field trip at least two weeks in advance in eligible to receive the discounted student rate. 

  • $4.00 per student
  • Teachers and bus drivers are free
  • One chaperone per 5 paid students is free. Additional chaperones above the 5:1 ratio are subject to the adult admission fee

*These rates do not apply to daycare or day camps. For Discounted Admission Rates for Youth-Oriented Organizations please click here

Kent County School Groups

Kent County school students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade receive FREE zoo admission for school group visits. Pre-registration is required. Additional parent chaperones, above the 1 chaperone per 5 students, are required to pay the regular zoo admission rate. 
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. 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 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 elgible to receive the discounted student rate. 

$4.00 per student
One chaperone per 3 paid students is free. Additional chaperones above the 3:1 ratio are subject to the adult admission fee. 

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. 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. 

Register **Please note, registration forms for Spring of 2021 will not be accepted until January 4, 2021

*Teachers who are submitting request forms for Wild Encounters or Zoo Explorer Tours – please submit only one form with both admission and program information. 

Go Beyond a Field Trip - visit our Resources for Learning page for ways to engage your students at a deeper level while visiting the Zoo and ideas for how to incorporate your zoo visit back into your classroom curriculum. 

Please direct questions to education@jbzoo.org or call 616-336-4302

 

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