School Field Trips

The Zoo is the perfect place for a fun and educational field trip.

Schools must book field trips at least 5 business days in advance at the link below.
In most cases, 10 or more paying guests are required to receive the school rate. Please contact a representative for further information.

School Pricing

April 1 through October 31

For schools in Monroe County:

$5 per student | 1 adult per 5 students is free

$5 per each additional adult 

 For schools outside Monroe County:

$6 per student | 1 adult per 5 students is free

$6 per each additional adult

November 1 through December 31

 For schools in Monroe County:

$4 per student | 1 free adult per 5 students

$4 per each additional adult

For schools outside Monroe County:

$5.50 per student | 1 free adult per 5 students

$5.50 per each additional adult

For additional fees, you can add on one of the below experiences to your field trip.

Animal Presentations + Expeditions

Animal Presentations

These interactive learning experiences make a terrific addition to your Zoo Visit! These presentations allow visitors of all ages to get up close and personal with our Animal Ambassadors from our education animal collection. These animals are not visible on your typical Zoo visit; they are only available to see with one of our themed Animal Presentations.

Each experience lasts about 45 minutes and includes three or four live animals, interactive activities and animal-related artifacts.

COST

$100 for up to 30 students; $85 for each additional group of 30. This fee is in addition to your discounted school admission per student.

Expeditions

Think field study and fun! A professional Zoo Educator will lead your students through a thematic, interactive experience! Expeditions take place in and around the Zoo and bring learning alive. Each Expedition comes with pre-visit materials to help your students get the most out of their visit.

All of our programs meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards and can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

COST

$100 for up to 30 students; $85 for each additional group of 30. This fee is in addition to your discounted school admission per student.
**New pricing effective January 1st, 2018: First 15 students: $70; each additional 15 students: $50

Helpful Information for your Field Trip

Funding: Information & Ideas

Apply for a grant to cover your field trip

Target field trip grants

Post on donors choose

The Zoo has limited funding for Rochester City School District teachers to cover program costs, only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get your students involved

Hold a school-wide fundraiser! Have students bring in loose change starting in September and get them excited watching the amount grow. You’ll be surprised how much you have by May.

Ask

You don’t know until you ask. Ask your school administration, ask your PTA, ask your room parents and volunteers. A contribution from any source will lower your per-student cost.

Partner up

Contact a local restaurant and inquire about fundraiser nights. Many restaurants will choose a date with you and then share a percentage of their sales profits on a given night. Spread the word and encourage families to go that night.

How to prepare for your visit to Seneca Park Zoo

Before you arrive
  • Do a head count of students and chaperones.
  • Have your payment ready, along with your total numbers, to provide to our Admissions staff.
  • Circulate Chaperone Guidelines to all attending staff and chaperons.
  • Provide nametags with your school name (school shirts work well too!).
  • Label your lunches and be prepared to carry them to a designated picnic area.
  • Practice Zoo Etiquette:
    • Respect the Animals– always use quiet voices and do not tap on enclosure barriers such as glass or fencing. Do NOT feed the animals.
    • Be Safe – stay on pathways and do not climb or run. Stay together!
    • Play in designated areas only.
    • Keep the Zoo Beautiful– Throw away all litter and recycle.
    • Be Courteous– be respectful of other guests in the Zoo.

Practice makes perfect: acting out proper behavior in advance will help your students remember Zoo Etiquette when they are here.

When you arrive

When you arrive:

  • Wait with your group on the bus and wait for unloading instructions from Zoo staff.
  • Unload with your group and wait in your assigned waiting area.
  • Have your total headcount and all payments ready.
  • Bring lunches to Designated Picnic Areas- either on the Lower Road or under the tent next to the Tiger Exhibit.
  • If you have scheduled an educational experience an Education staff member will meet you at the Front Gate.