Free 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 quickly reaching capacity. Facilitated learning programs are still open.  Join us for Animal Academy in April! Or check out the NEW Conservation Learning Zone in May!


Spring 2023 

1/23–3/10; 4/10–6/2
Blackout Dates: 3/13–4/7*

*These dates are to accommodate Spring Break crowds at Denver Zoo


Summer 2023




Spring 2023

Monday-Friday: FREE for all attendees!

Saturday-Sunday: Self-guided field trips are unavailable on the weekends


Summer 2023

$12/person for children, staff and chaperones




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. 

How to Reserve


  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. Select the number and type of buses that will be parking/staying. For drop-offs, select “0”.  
  5. Provide your school’s information and your contact information, so we can get in touch. 
  6. If you are attending on a weekend, you will need to provide payment at the time of booking to secure your reservation.
  7. Once your reservation is processed, you will receive an email with your digital tickets.
    You’ll also receive more information on your day at the Zoo one week and one day before your visit. 

Chaperone Policy

  • Chaperones must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Chaperones must stay with their assigned group at all times.
  • One adult per 10 students is REQUIRED for all groups (ECE through Grade 12).
  • Adults bringing younger siblings are welcome, but may NOT be counted as chaperones.

Members Welcome! 

Members wishing to chaperone a school trip can also
make a separate reservation using their membership if they'd like to. 


Need to Reschedule? 

If you must reschedule a reserved field trip, please email us at least two
weeks in advance, so that we may offer your spot to another school.