Self-Guided Field Trips

Denver Zoo is thrilled to offer self-guided field trips for eligible schools and groups! To provide the best experience for all, reservations (and associated bus parking spots) are limited. Reservations are first-come, first-served and book up quickly.



Spring 2024

Mondays through Fridays

January 16-March 8

April 8-May 17

*Please note that March 11-April 5 are blackout dates due to Spring Break crowds at the zoo.*


FREE for all attendees!


To qualify for free or discounted entry, you must be (1) an accredited institution (2) following an academic curriculum; and (3) be accompanied by a teacher or institutional staff. 


  1. Click the “Register Now” button below to be taken to our reservation page.
  2. Select the date you’d like to visit. All available dates are shown—no exceptions.
  3. Select the number of guests, including students, school staff members and chaperones.
  4. Provide your school’s information and your contact information, so we can get in touch with you about your visit. We also ask that you include the number of buses you're bringing, so we can plan accordingly. Please note that parking is available on a first come, first served basis in the East Lot and is not guaranteed.
  5. Once your reservation is processed, you will receive an order confirmation email. You’ll also receive more information on your day at the Zoo one week and one day before your visit, so keep an eye out for useful planning tips!

Charter bus rentals for school field trips are available through a variety of providers, including CharterUPShofur, and GOGO Charters.

school bus loading in kids to the zoo