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School Group Admission Rates 2015*

  • Schools: $5.25 / person
    To make your field trip to the Zoo as easy as possible, please fill out the Field Trip Form prior to your arrival.
    If you would like to check on availability of an Auditorium Program please use this e-mail form or availability of an Investigation Station please use this e-mail form.
  • Title 1 Schools: $4.25 / person
    (Must show evidence of status and schedule a free learning program with the Cargill Learning Center. Programs must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance and are subject to availability)
  • Headstart: $5.25 / person
  • Licensed Child Care/Preschool: $5.25 / person
  • Home Schools: $5.25 / person
    (Must contact the Cargill Learning Center a minimum of one week in advance of visit. If less than one week, full price)
  • Other care organizations (i.e. nursing homes, non-profit groups, homeless, crisis or rehab centers): $5.25 

Guests with special needs are welcome. Please contact the education department for more information.

* Rates are subject to change without notice.

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This program is to help Title 1 public schools within Sedgwick County visit the Zoo. The program will offer reimbursement of up to $400 per bus to schools for field trip transportation costs.

To receive this funding, Sedgwick County Title 1 public schools need to complete the following steps:

  1. Call the Zoo (316.266.8213) to register for transportation reimbursement. The school must know how many buses will be needed.
  2. Book a field trip and free education program with the Zoo.
  3. Book the buses for the class through the bussing company.
  4. Enjoy your field trip to the Zoo and participate in the required education program. Show proper Title 1 school documentation.
  5. Following the field trip, send the receipt for bus transportation to the Zoo no later than June 15, 2016.
  6. The Zoo will confirm the class’s attendance at the Zoo and required education program and reimburse the school for up to $400 per bus.

Registration for transportation reimbursements will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Title 1 schools may ask for more than one reimbursement in the school year. All requests for reimbursement for trips during the 2015-2016 academic year must be made by June 15, 2016; late requests will not be honored.

Transportation reimbursement is not available for the Meritrust Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration or Fifth Grade Fire Prevention Day.

Interested Title 1 schools should call the Cargill Learning Center at 316.266.8213 for more information or to register.


Investigation Stations April & May 2016

Investigation Stations may be scheduled as part of your April or May field trip to the Sedgwick County Zoo on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday* at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30 a.m. Investigation Stations allow your students to interact, investigate, and explore; they are in line with the new Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards for Science. There is a maximum of one classroom per 20-minute program. An Investigation Station program is presented at no additional cost. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes before your scheduled program. We ask that you schedule your educational program at least two weeks prior to your preferred visit date. Scheduling begins in August for each school year. Investigation Station programs fill up quickly.

If you would like to check on availability of an Investigation Station, please use this e-mail form.

Programs include:

Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, Special Needs Classrooms

  • Three Little Pigs*: OWL Site (in the Children’s Farms)
  • Eggcitement: American Barn
  • Wild Weather: Slawson Family Tiger Trek Overlook

*Three Little Pigs Investigation Station is also available on Thursday and Friday at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30 a.m. in April and May.

3rd through 5th Grade, Middle School, High School

  • Wonderful Watersheds: POET Gazebo
  • Vet’s Eye View: Big Bear Watering Hole Deck

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Auditorium Programs

We ask that you schedule your educational program at least two weeks prior to your preferred visit date. Scheduling begins in August for each school year. Programs fill up quickly in the spring. We suggest scheduling as soon as possible and planning trips during the fall and winter months. It is only possible to schedule one type of program per visit to the Zoo. If you would like to check on availability of an Auditorium Program, please use e-mail form.

Confirmation and cancellations: Soon after you schedule your program, you will receive a confirmation email. Please check the attachments carefully and call the Education Department if there are any problems or changes. Due to tight schedules, programs will be cancelled if groups are more than ten minutes late. Groups that do not show up AND do not call a minimum of one hour before the program is scheduled to begin will be charged a $10 service charge. Title 1 schools who do not show up will be billed $1 for each admission as well as the $10 service charge. Fees will be invoiced to the school.

In 2014-15, we are changing our field trip programs to be in line with the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science. You may schedule a program for no additional charge. Auditorium programs are held in the Cargill Learning Center.

In order to provide a great experience, pre-kindergarten programs are limited to 50 students per program and all other programs are limited to 90 students per program. At least one adult for every ten students is required. We ask that these adults distribute themselves throughout the students during the presentation. Groups with less than 30 students may be combined with other like groups. Siblings will not be allowed in the program, but will be told the time that they and their adults may meet the group back at the Cargill Learning Center.

Pre-Kindergarten Student Programs and Programs for those with Special Needs

30 minutes, maximum of 50 students per program

Animal Tales:

  • Bear Snores On
  • Edward the Emu
  • Is Your Mamma a Llama?
  • I Wanna Iguana
  • Mixed-up Chameleon
  • Roar
  • Stellaluna
  • The Great Kapok Tree
  • Wide-mouthed Frog
  • Verdi

Elementary Student Programs
45 minutes, maximum of 90 students per program
Each program will include a presentation, audience participation and animal biofacts (skulls, feathers, fur, etc.) as well as a hands-on learning activity.

  • Kindergarten: Bare Necessities, The Things we Need
  • 1st Grade: Growing Up Wild
  • 2nd Grade: Habitats
  • 3rd Grade: Life Cycles
  • 4th Grade: Exploring Creature Features
  • 5th Grade: Web of Life
  • 6th Grade: Genetic Jeopardy

Middle School, 6th – 8th Grade

  • Genetic Jeopardy
  • Zoo Careers

High School, 9th – 12th Grade, College and Adults

  • Is There a Doctor in the Zoo?
  • Animal Survivor
  • Zoo Careers
  • Zoo History

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Make Your Day at the Zoo a Great Day at the Zoo

To make your visit to the Zoo more educational and enjoyable, we recommend that you have at least one adult for each ten students. We encourage sponsors and teachers to review the following rules with their groups:

  • Please walk, do not run in the Zoo.
  • Remain on the pathways at all times. No climbing on rails. Keep hands, feet and other objects outside of barriers and fences.
  • Do not chase or tease animals. (for example: throwing things at them, tapping on the glass, etc.)
  • Do not touch plants or pick flowers.
  • Feed only the food provided for the animals in the feeders in designated areas. Feeding in other areas of the Zoo is not allowed.
  • An adult must accompany students wishing to make purchases in the Plaza Beastro and gift shop.
  • Help us keep the Zoo clean. Please deposit trash and recyclable items in the proper trash containers.
  • Respect all Zoo guests and employees.

The Zoo reserves the right to contact school administrators if misconduct by students occurs.

Guest Services staff patrol the Zoo grounds. They carry radios and will be happy to assist anyone who needs help. In case of severe weather, Guest Services and other Zoo staff will alert you of the conditions and show you where to take shelter. First Aid plus Lost and Found are located at the Zoo Entrance.

Plaza Beastro offers sack lunches for $5.00 each. Please call 266-8226 one week in advance to make arrangements. If you prefer, you can bring your sack lunches in protective labeled containers, which may be stored in the shelter areas near Plaza Beastro. Please do not leave them near the Entrance or Gift Shop area.

Grab Bags, (also knows as party favors or in this case: field trip favors) are available for group purchase through the Gift Shop. Please call 266-8234 one week in advance to make arrangements.

If you have students with special needs that require assistance from our staff, please notify us at 266-8288.

When in the Cargill Learning Center, please remember that the same rules apply here as they do in a school building.

  • Please use inside voices and be considerate of others around you.
  • Due to high program demand, smaller groups may be combined with others.
  • Kindergarten groups are limited to no more than 50 participants.
  • Since this program was created specifically for your grade level, older/younger siblings cannot attend the program and should spend this time enjoying the Zoo with an adult or playing in the Parent Nook inside Cargill Learning Center.
  • To avoid disruptions and make this trip as beneficial to your students as possible, please intersperse adults among the children before being seated.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the auditorium or classrooms.

Please, don’t keep these rules a secret! It will make your trip to the Zoo a lot more fun if you take a few minutes to go over these with your group before your visit. THANKS!

This year, the Sedgwick County Zoo has joined the TerraCycle Drink Pouch Brigade.

TerraCycle converts drink pouch material into innovative products like tote bags and pencil cases. You may drop off your empty drink pouches from Capri Sun® and Honest Kids® at the Cargill Learning Center and we’ll send them to be recycled.

Questions about the program? Click here to e-mail Sedgwick County Zoo Education

Cargill Learning Center:   Education Specialist
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
Field Trip Hotline
t: (316) 266-8360
Field Trip Form 2015 download pdf
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 10, 2016 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).