Self-Guided Field Trip


Go at your own pace! Schedule an unguided walk through the Zoo.

Minimum 10 students to receive field trip discount.

Cost: $11 ($9.95 + $1.05).
Title I Schools $6 ($4.95 - $1.05)
*The $1.05 is our Conservation and Technology fee. This fee is not a tax and is not exemptable.

Includes: All-day admission to the Zoo for all participants; 1 free adult chaperone for every 10 students.

Additional chaperones/teachers must pay $11 through the school/group. If the school/group requires a separate invoice for the chaperones, please notify the Program Reservations Specialist. Additional chaperones/teachers will not be able to get the $11 school/group ticket online or at the ticket booth.

To receive the Title 1 discount, the school must be a certified Title 1 school. Only Title 1 schools receive this discount. No exceptions.

By submitting a program request, you agree to the Program Policies and Virginia Zoo Policies.

Offered At

Virginia Zoo

Our school and group programs are great for any group – not just schools! Scouts, homeschool groups, libraries, senior centers, and more can all enjoy these exciting offerings. These programs give participants a memorable, fun, and highly educational way to learn about animals and conservation.

All programs are age-appropriate and complement the Virginia Standards of Learning along with curriculum requirements in North Carolina and for private schools. Scouts can also complete certain badge requirements; ask us for more information!

Behind the Scenes Tours

We share our reservation portal with our school programs. Guests that are reserving a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, don't be alarmed when the site asks for teachers' information and school information.

  • Teacher = Main Tour Contact
  • Organization Address = Home Address

The invoice is sent to the email listed on the request form. Payment can be made through the link in the email or over the phone.
Payment needs to be done ASAP once you receive your invoice.

For all reservation requests, there must be a 10-day notice of the date requested.





300 students


180 min.


Field Trip


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Postsecondary, Preschool

Price Options

$11.00 per Person for School Group

$6.00 per Person for Title I School