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Field Trips

During school field trips at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, explore nature and learn about the animals with chaperones on self-guided visits or docent-led tours.

Registration Information

fieldtripThank for your interest in visiting the Los Angeles Zoo with your school group! Please read the following information before booking your field trip.


Special discounted admission rates are available with advance reservations ONLY for California school groups (registered with the California Department of Education) and City of Los Angeles Recreation Centers.

California school groups may attend from September through June, when their school is in session during the academic school year. City of Los Angeles Recreation Centers may attend throughout the year with a reservation and a letter from the facility, signed by the Director, requesting admission for the group. This letter must be presented to the Admissions staff at check-in on the day of the visit.

PLEASE NOTE: Reservation blackout dates may apply to all groups at certain times of the year (e.g., holidays and spring break). If your group comes on a blackout date or has not made the necessary reservations prior to arriving at the Zoo, your group will be charged the regular admission fees.

Self-Guided Visits

visitors_jpStudents explore the Zoo with their chaperones on self-guided visits. Advance reservations are required for all school group field trips including self-guided, as a limited number of school groups are admitted each day. Some dates (particularly in March, April, and May) fill up quickly so reserve your field trip as early as possible for the best availability. Reservations are booked in the order received and must be made at least two weeks prior to the date of your visit.

Docent-Guided Tours (10:00 a.m.)

Our docent guides lead educational walking tours for students and their chaperones, beginning at first grade. A limited number of docent-guided tours are available. There is no additional fee for a docent-guided tour, but you must book your tour at least two weeks in advance. Do not assume you have a guided tour booked until you have received a confirmation number and packet from the Los Angeles Zoo. On the day of your field trip, your group will need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the confirmed start time of your tour to check in. Make sure to tell Zoo staff upon your arrival that your group has a docent-guided tour. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your tour, it may be subject to cancellation.

Fee Structure

(with a reservation)

LAUSD and Federally Registered Headstart Schools (Pre-K through 12th Grade)

Students – FREE
Teachers/Chaperones* – $5 per person

*One free Teacher/Chaperone for Every 10 Students

Non-LAUSD/Private Schools (Pre-K through 12th Grade)

Students – $3 per student
Teachers/Chaperones* – $5 per person

*One free Teacher/Chaperone for Every 10 Students

Universities/Adult Schools (with Student/Faculty ID)

Students – $5 per student
Instructors – $5 per person

City of Los Angeles Recreation Centers

Students – FREE
Chaperones* – $5 per person

*One Chaperone for Every 10 Students

*1:10 Teacher/Chaperone ratio is based on actual attendance and not the estimated number on your confirmation letter.

To register, download and complete the School Group Field Trip Information and Reservation Request Form. Send your completed request via e-mail to [email protected] or you may fax it to (323) 644-4299.

When your reservation is processed, a confirmation packet will be mailed. If you do not receive your confirmation material within two weeks of making your reservation, please contact the L.A. Zoo Reservations Office via e-mail at [email protected]

Trip Tips

  • Book your field trip early.
  • Double check your confirmation materials.
  • Contact the L.A. Zoo Reservations Office immediately if there are any changes.
  • All children must have a chaperone with them at all times.
  • Have a mobile phone number handy for emergencies.
  • Give your chaperones and students any pertinent information before your arrival at the Zoo.
  • Hand out your lunches and have a lunch plan before you arrive at the Zoo. The Zoo does not have lunch storage available.
  • Have one form of payment ready upon arrival.
  • Be prepared for the weather with a hat, sunscreen, umbrella, etc.
  • Have fun!

Additional Programs


Zoo Pals is a special grant-funded program that provides qualified schools and school-affiliated groups with free admission and transportation to the Los Angeles Zoo.

Special Needs Outreach


The Special Needs Outreach Program is specifically created to reach out to individuals who cannot easily visit the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Our trained docents will bring small, live animals and other touchable items to your facility. This program is specially designed for an audience located at schools having classrooms for children with disabilities, hospitals, daycare centers (adult and children), and nursing homes.

Using the outreach vehicle, our docents will come to your location. This program is about 30 minutes long and is tailored to the abilities of the audience. Audience members will meet some wild creatures and discover how they adapt and thrive within a complex habitat. The docents will explain the unique aspects of the animal’s adaptations, behavior, diet, and abilities. The discussions are designed to be participatory and tactile.

These visits are subject to availability and completely free to your organization.

To answer your questions or to make a reservation for a visit, contact the Los Angeles Zoo Docent office at (323) 644-4702 or by email to [email protected]. Please allow 4–6 weeks’ scheduling time. 

Classroom Safari and Speakers Bureau

Host a Los Angeles Zoo Docent in your classroom or community group for a wildlife presentation. Docents will speak on a variety of topics with the aid of digital images, biofacts, and educational activities.

  • Predator-Prey Relationships
  • Woo at the Zoo (for Valentine’s Day)
  • Monkeys and Apes
  • Role of Zoos
  • Wildlife in the City
  • Meet the Reptiles
  • California Condor Recovery Program
  • California Caretakers
  • Virtual Tour of the Zoo

You may select 1–5 topics or suggest your own topic to compliment the class curriculum or group interest. Each topic requires a one-hour presentation.

To sign up for a Classroom Safari or Speakers Bureau or to answer your questions, please contact the Los Angeles Zoo Docent Office at (323) 644-4702 or email [email protected]. Please provide 4–6 weeks’ notice for scheduling, and note that all participants must be at least four years of age.

There is no charge for these programs.

Biological Sciences / Zoo Magnet

This program, established in 1981, is located adjacent to the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park, 10 minutes by shuttle bus from the North Hollywood High School main campus. Students have the opportunity to excel in a highly academic curriculum with emphasis on animal studies and biological sciences, while observing and conducting research at the Zoo facilities and in the nearby park and museums.

Students from anywhere in the Los Angeles Unified School District can enroll in the magnet program. For further information, and to find out the documents necessary to enroll a student in North Hollywood High School, please call the school at (818) 753-6292.

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