How to Book a Zoo Field Trip

Thank you for your interest in bringing students to the zoo for a field trip! There are a few options for your visit: 

1. Free and self-guided tour
It is free to visit the zoo and park every day of the week from 9 AM to 5 PM. You are always welcome to bring your students for a visit! You can print out our self-guided tour from our website and hand it out to your group leaders as information to share with the students as you explore the zoo. 

2. Picnic shelter reservation + self-guided tour
Some school groups choose to reserve a picnic shelter in the main section of Memorial Park, to ensure one is available for their group to picnic lunch in after visiting the zoo. A shelter costs $40 to rent for a 4 hour time block. Your reservation can be made by calling the Memorial Park office at 706-613-3580. If you are an Athens-Clarke County School, there is no fee to reserve a shelter, but there is a form to complete - contact the Memorial Park office at 706-613-3580 and we’ll be happy to email it to you. 

3. Book a formal zoo program for a fee. 
A zoo program includes 1 hour of programming and a picnic shelter reservation. The programming is divided into two parts - a 30 minute presentation with 3 of our program animals and a 30 minute tour of the zoo. A zoo program costs $3 per student for Athens-Clarke County groups, $5 per student for non-Clarke County groups. Programming is held Wednesdays through Fridays, the earliest start time is 10 AM, and the minimum number of students required is 10. Book your program via email with the Zoo’s Program Specialist. (Jen Benoit at

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