School Field Trips

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

Schools must book field trips at least two weeks in advance by using the link below. A group is not confirmed until a confirmation email has been received.
All school groups require a reservation in order to receive school admissions rates. If you are not sure your group qualifies, please contact a Zoo representative for assistance.

School & Group Policies

As of March 1, 2018, our school and group policies have changed.

• You will receive an initial confirmation email within five days of your reservation request. If you do not receive an email confirming the date, student, and chaperone/teacher count, please contact a Zoo representative as soon as possible for further assistance.
• Two weeks before your visit we will send you a final email to confirm your reservation details including date, student, and chaperone/teacher counts.
• In this final confirmation email you will get a copy of your chaperone/teacher pass to print and distribute. We will continue to honor one free chaperone/teacher per five paid students with this pass. Any additional passes distributed will be charged at the General Admission rate. Additional chaperones are welcome to pay General Admission rates directly by going to the Front Gate.
• Also in the final confirmation email, you will receive a Check-in Slip to record your final student count. Please print and bring this with you on your visit date.
• If your actual student count is within 10% of your reservation, we will adjust your reservation and only charge for the actual students attending.
• If your actual student count is above 110% of your reservation, the additional students will be charged the General Admission rates.
• If your actual student count is below 90% of your reservation, you will be charged for the full reservation count. You will be provided passes (valid one year from visit date) for the students not in attendance.
• We will no longer honor a school rate without a reservation. Your reservation is date specific.

School Pricing

April 1 through October 31

For schools in Monroe County:

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

 For schools outside Monroe County:

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

 *Adults includes all teachers and parent chaperones.  Any additional adults are $12 each.

November 1 through March 31

 For schools in Monroe County:

$4 per student | 1 free adult per 5 students**

For schools outside Monroe County:

$5.50 per student | 1 free adult per 5 students**

**Adults includes all teachers and parent chaperones.  Any additional adults are $10 each.

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 program 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

First 15 students: $70; each additional 15 students: $50. This fee is in addition to your School or Group Rate Admission.

How to prepare for your visit to Seneca Park Zoo

– Do a head count of students and chaperones.
– One person from your group will bring your payment and total numbers to our Admissions staff for check-in.
– Your group will receive Zoo safety instructions on the bus while someone from your group checks-in.
– Your group will unload and go to your assigned waiting area. Your check-in person will meet the group at the assigned waiting area when they are done with check-in.
– If you have scheduled an educational experience, an Education staff member will meet you at your assigned waiting area.
– Label your lunches and be prepared to carry them to the designated picnic areas.
– Practice Zoo etiquette:

  • RESPECT the Animals: The Zoo is the animals’ home and we need to show them respect. Always use quiet voices and do not make animal noises because unfamiliar noises can be upsetting to the animals. Do not tap on enclosure barriers such as glass or fencing. Do not feed the animals.
  • Be SAFE: For everyone’s safety, do not run or climb on enclosure barriers. Keep your group together! If anyone or anything is lost, they will be brought to the Front Office.
  • Be COURTEOUS: Throw away all litter and recycle. Be respectful of other guests at the Zoo.

For additional teacher resources and funding ideas for your field trip, click here.