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Plan a Toronto Zoo Field Trip

Benefits of a Zoo field trip:
  • Making real-world connections through observation, inquiry, & critical thinking
  • Coming face-to-face with over 5000 animals
  • Igniting a sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world
  • Cross-curricular – Think beyond just Life Systems & Biology!
  • Getting active and exploring 10 km of walking trails
  • Captivating learning environment
  • Encourages an awareness of how all life is interconnected
  • Inspires students to take action and protect wildlife
YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS
As a not-for-profit organization, the revenues from all Zoo visits, including school field trips, directly support conservation efforts to help save vulnerable wildlife. The ongoing support of educators helps to ensure that these critical conservation efforts can continue and connects future generations to nature and the environment.

Type of Visit
Choose Your Date
School Visit Rates
Zoo Memberships
Accessibility
Program Fees
Parking
Picnic Site Rental
Payment
Supervisor Ratio
Zoo Hours
Contacts
Frequently Asked Questions
Terms & Conditions



TYPE OF VISIT
We offer a variety of opportunities for you and your students to discover the Zoo including:

Self-guided Visit


Enjoy the flexibility of exploring the Zoo on your own with your students. To make the best of your visit:
  • Download a free self-guided tour script (elementary) or activities/assignments (secondary).
  • Visit one or more interpretive touch tables located throughout the Zoo and discover lots of hands-on biofacts, including skulls, furs, and feathers.
  • Attend a scheduled Meet-the-Keeper talk and have a keeper answer all of your students' questions.
For additional details about self-guided visits, please visit: Self-guided – Elementary or Self-guided – Secondary.

To help prepare and plan for a successful field trip, teachers who have pre-booked a school trip are invited to visit the Zoo for FREE* ahead of time by presenting a copy of your school visit confirmation letter and a valid OCT card or equivalent Teacher ID card, along with photo ID, at Guest Services.
*Valid for one admission and parking pass per teacher, up to the number of qualified complimentary teachers indicated in the school visit confirmation package. All teachers attending the planning visit must check in at Guest Services at the same time.

Guided Tour


A Toronto Zoo Volunteer will guide you and your students through the Zoo on an exciting two-hour tour visiting and learning about animals that connect to your chosen curriculum-linked topic. Spend the remainder of your visit exploring the Zoo on your own.

For additional details about guided tours, please visit: Guided Tours – Elementary or Guided Tours – Secondary.

School Programs


School programs are delivered by Toronto Zoo educators and are a unique and exciting way to bring the curriculum to life. A variety of programs are available for both elementary and secondary level students and range from 45-minute programs and presentations to full-day workshops.

For additional details about guided tours, please visit: School Programs – Elementary or School Programs – Secondary.



CHOOSE YOUR DATE
A self-guided school visit can be booked year-round, but must be booked at least two weeks in advance. School programs (September-June) and guided tours (September to Victoria Day weekend) fill up quickly, so don't miss out - book early!

Weather


Thinking of bringing your class to the Zoo, but worried about the weather? The Toronto Zoo offers a variety of indoor spaces that offer protection from the elements, while boasting unique and amazing animals and plants for you and your students to learn about. The winter months are also a great time to see giant pandas, polar bears, Arctic wolves, and many more in their snowy element!

SCHOOL VISIT RATES* (HST is included in all rates - HST#119216398)
 

Student

Supervisor


1 teacher per class receives FREE admission
Kindergarten: 1 teacher + 1 ECE per class receive FREE admission

Admission - Licensed Child Care Centre

$8.00
($7.08 + $0.92 HST)
**conditions apply
$8.00
($7.08 + $0.92 HST)
**conditions apply

Admission - Elementary (K-8)

$8.00
($7.08 + $0.92 HST)
$8.00
($7.08 + $0.92 HST)

Admission - Secondary (9-12)

$9.00
($7.96 + $1.04 HST)
$9.00
($7.96 + $1.04 HST)

Admission - Post-Secondary

$10.00
($8.85 + $1.15 HST)
$10.00
($8.85 + $1.15 HST)


* During July and August, school visit rates are only valid for educational institutions on a modified school year.
* All rates are subject to change without notice.
** Child Care Centres must be licensed with the Ontario Ministry of Education. Only valid during the 2017-2018 school year (excluding school holidays). On school holidays, licensed child care centres will receive 25% off regular admission rates. Minimum of 10 students required per booking.


ZOO MEMBERSHIPS
Toronto Zoo memberships will be honoured for students and supervisors to cover the cost of admission. Please present originals/photocopies of all memberships to Guest Services at the time of payment.

ACCESSIBILITY- Students with Special Needs & Support Persons
Please click here to learn more about the many features that make the Toronto Zoo accessible for all students. Support persons who are providing one-on-one support to students with special needs for health and/or safety reasons receive complimentary admission. Support persons should not be included in the Supervisor Ratio, as their attention is focused on an individual student.

PROGRAM FEES*

Program

Student

Superviser

Guided Tour

Free with admission

Admission only

Full-day Workshop

$7.00 + admission
($6.19 + $0.81 HST)
Admission only

Half-day Workshop

$4.00 + admission
($3.54 + $0.46 HST)
Admission only

Panda Program

$3.00 + admission
($2.65 + $0.35 HST)
Admission only

Exploring Wildlife Conservation Presentation

$3.00 + admission
($2.65 + $0.35 HST)
Admission only

Green Technology Tour

$3.00 + admission
($2.65 + $0.35 HST)
Admission only

Post-Secondary Program

Please inquire: schools@torontozoo.ca

Professional Development

Please inquire: schools@torontozoo.ca


* All rates are subject to change without notice.



PARKING*
Personal Vehicle   $12.00
School Bus             Free

*All rates subject to change without notice



PICNIC SITE RENTAL*


School groups receive a 50% discount off picnic site rentals during the school year*. For more information about the available picnic sites, what a picnic site rental includes, and how to book a private picnic site for your group, please visit Host Your Event or contact Toronto Zoo - Group Events at groupevents@torontozoo.ca or 416-392-5940.
*Offer valid only for school groups booked Monday to Friday (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) during the school year. Subject to availability. Subject to change without notice.



PAYMENT
Full payment is due upon arrival on the day of your visit and is based on the exact number of students and supervisors attending. A receipt will be issued upon payment.

Acceptable methods of payment include:

  • Cash (in large bills)
  • Credit (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express)
  • Debit/Interac
  • School cheque (payable to “Toronto Zoo”)


SUPERVISOR RATIO
In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, we require that groups maintain the following minimum supervisor to student ratios for the duration of their visit:

Grades PreK-31 supervisor per 5 students
Grades 4-81 supervisor per 10 students
Grades 9-121 supervisor per 20 students
Please note: In the event that your group does not meet these requirements, you will be charged in accordance with the minimum supervisor ratio.



ZOO HOURS*
Sept. 6 - April 30       9:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays
May 1 - Sept. 4       9:00 am - 7:00 pm weekdays

For current hours, please click here.

* Zoo hours are subject to change without notice.



CONTACTS

 

Phone Number

Email Address

Self-guided Visit

416-392-5932

Book Online

Guided Tour

416-392-5942

tzvolunteers@torontozoo.ca

School Programs

416-392-5944

schools@torontozoo.ca

Zoo School

416-393-6365 (September-June)
416-392-5944 (July-August)

zooschool@torontozoo.ca

Outreach Programs

 

 

Adopt-A-Pond

416-392-5999

aap@torontozoo.ca

Animal Outreach Program

416-392-5964

Book Online

Aqua-Links

416-392-6022

aqualinks@torontozoo.ca

Great Lakes Program

416-392-6022

greatlakes@torontozoo.ca

Zoo to You Program

416-392-5942

tzvolunteers@torontozoo.ca

Serengeti Bush Camp

416-392-5947

bushcamp@torontozoo.ca

Adopt an Animal

416-392-9114

development@torontozoo.ca




FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Still have a question? Take a moment to read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

For an updated list of any closures you may experience while planning your school trip, click here.


TERMS & CONDITIONS
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • School visit admission rates are available for groups from schools registered with a provincial Ministry of Education or Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, in addition to other education facilities, for the sole purpose of meeting learning requirements outlined in a course curriculum.
  • During July and August, school visit admission rates are only valid for educational institutions on a modified school year.
  • The Toronto Zoo will accommodate changes in the number of students and supervisors on the day of the visit.
  • The supervisor to student ratio is strictly enforced for the safety of our student guests and the enjoyment of our public patrons. All supervisors must be at least 18 years of age. The role of the Supervisor role is to ensure the safety of all students and in doing so, the Supervisor is ensuring that all Zoo patrons enjoy their visit. The Supervisor must encourage appropriate behaviour from each student and demonstrate respect for the plants and animals. Please remember to stay with your group at all times. Any display of inappropriate behaviour will be grounds for removal from the Zoo site.
  • Consumer Image and Guest Awareness: During your visit, you may be filmed, taped, or photographed by or on behalf of the Toronto Zoo. Your admission to the Zoo serves as your permission to use, record, reproduce, broadcast, sell, and distribute all for any purpose any photographs, video, digital, audio, or other recordings of you that may be made at the Toronto Zoo during your visit. The commercial use of photographs, video, and film images of the Toronto Zoo, its animal collection, staff, and volunteers, is strictly prohibited without the full written consent of the Zoo.



"The children were very engaged, we wish we could have stayed longer!"
- Holy Angels School


"All the teachers and students had a wonderful time at their workshops. The teachers couldn't stop raving about the program and how wonderful their instructors were. Thanks again for a great day... we'll definitely see you again next year!"
- George R. Gauld Junior School


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