Making the Most of Your North Carolina Zoo School Field Trip


Are you in the know? About educational field trips at the North Carolina Zoo that is. The Zoo offers a variety of educational activities for school and homeschool groups. To start, did you know that North Carolina teachers can bring their students to the Zoo for free, twice between early September to early June? Out-of-state schools receive a discount on their admission. Please make sure to register on our website ( at least 15 days in advance of your group’s visit.

Want to learn about habitats, lifecycles, or plant adaptations while at the Zoo? Checkout one of our free Inquiry Packs. These backpacks include all the supplies and materials you need to complete a fun educational activity with your class during your visit to the zoo. We have activities for both Africa and North America. These activities are designed to meet the North Carolina Essential Standards for grades K-5. Checkout an Inquiry Pack at our guest services offices in North America and the Africa plazas.

Want to add even more education and fun to your field trip? Sign-up for an Edventures at the Zoo program. These 30-45 minute programs give you a more in-depth look at some of the wildlife that calls the North Carolina Zoo home and what makes them special. Each program is $75 and is designed for up to 30 students. We also offer Zoo to you Edventures where we bring a program to your school. Please check the website to learn more about the program.

While at the Zoo don’t forget to let your students be the kids they are. One of the best places to do this is Kidzone, our nature play space. Kidzone is designed for children 2 to 10 years old to explore nature in their own way. School groups are invited to spend time in Kidzone, but due to space limitations, we do limit the number of groups in the space at one time. We also recommend planning at least 30 minutes into your schedule for Kidzone so your students can immerse themselves into the experience. Don’t have that much time then just stop in to meet one of our Animal Ambassadors. We offer animal encounters weekly Thursday through Sunday in Kidzone, April through October. These encounters are weather dependent. Please check the sign in front of Kidzone for times. You don’t have to be a kid to participate!

Can’t make it to the Zoo? We understand and haven’t forgotten about you. Check out our distance learning events in the free Living with Nature Series designed for middle school and high schools. We offer four events each year. Events focus on topics like Green Practices, the Zoo’s conservation work, and animal biology and behavior. Each event is designed to be interactive with the opportunity to test your knowledge in polls, ask our experts questions, as well as an activity to keep your students engaged with the program.

The North Carolina Zoo is here to make your next group trip fun and educational! So don’t forget to check out our wide range of educational programming for schools, homeschools, preschools, and a variety of different groups before your next visit. To learn more about all of our educational offerings visit

Looking for something special this summer for your child?

Sign your children (grades 1-6) up for a WILD adventure! North Carolina Zoo Camp is a way for kids to learn about animals and our natural environment in an outdoor setting. Zoo camp offers a one-day or week-long experience for students entering grades 1 – 6. Whether we meet a baby Galapagos tortoise, learn how to communicate like an elephant, or visit our butterfly garden our camps are guaranteed to be a blast. Each week is a different theme so there’s always new animals to learn about!

In addition the North Carolina Zoo is proud to offer Camp KidZu! These day camps are specifically designed for rising 3rd-8th graders with high functioning autism. The camps offer social, educational, and recreational activities in a structured, but fun environment. All KidZu registration is through email at:

All North Carolina Zoo Summer Camps run from 9 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Day camps are $60 and week-long camps are $250. We do offer discounts if you register for 3+ camps at the same time or if you are a North Carolina Zoo Society member. To learn more about our camps or to register visit

Make sure your child joins us for a wild summer experience they’ll never forget!


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