School Groups

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School Group

Embark on the wildest field trip in town. You will see, hear and smell some of the world’s most treasured wildlife!

Available: August through May, Monday through Friday      

Student Rates: Payment is due at the time of visit and is paid in the gift shop

$3 per student

$2 per NSLP student

$7 per additional adults when registered with the school group 

$9.95 per additional adults if paid on arrival 

For more information, please email the Education Department or call 423-697-1322 ext: 5782.


Required Chaperones :  

1 free chaperone per 10 students (K-12)

                        1 free chaperone per 5 students (Pre-K only)

1 free chaperone per 1 student (Special Education classes/Paraprofessionals)

Bus Drivers are not free

Who Qualifies?

  • You must have 10 or more participants to qualify for school group rates
  • You must be an accredited public or private school, Head Start program, pre-school or organized home school group
  • School group rates are only available during the school year (Aug. - May)
  • All Hamilton County Head Start programs qualify for free admission, but must bring a letter proving Hamilton Co. Head Start status on the day of their visit 



Want to Add an Educational Program?

Available:  August through May, Tuesday-Friday

Times: 9:30 / 10:30 / 11:30

Additional program times are available depending on staff availability

Prices: Fees are in addition to the field trip admission fee

$2.00 per student

Chaperones/additional adults free


Program Choices






"Super Duper Senses"

Pre-K & K

Can you taste with your feet or smell with your tongue?  Explore ways humans and other animals use their senses.

"Recipe for a Habitat”

1st & 2nd

We'll add and mix up the "ingredients" that go into making a habitat and discover why they are so important to plants, animals and us.

"Animals Under Wrap"

1st & 2nd

Fur, feathers, scales-OH MY! Animals have all kinds of different body coverings. Come explore this basic introduction to vertebrate classification.

“Adventure Quest”


What would we need to survive in the wild? Come take an adventure with us and find out! Then let’s see what cool adaptations our animal friends have to survive…

“Everybody Poops”


It’s a fact of life that everything poops. Is it just plain gross or is it very important to the environment?? Let’s look at actual animal poop and discover its value.

"Amazing Adaptations "

3rd - 5th

Animals have and do some pretty bizarre things to help them survive. We will discover some of their Amazing Adaptations and a few of our own!

"Food Web Feast"

3rd – 5th

Worms, trees, birds, snakes, and even fungus have their special roles! You'll fund out how important the entire cast is as we build a rainforest food webb.

"Expansion Expedition"

3rd – 12th

The Zoo is getting bigger!!! Is it a simple process or an intricate, detailed endeavor? Let’s discover what it takes to design and build new animal habitats at the zoo.

"Buy, Sell, SAVE"

6th - 8th

What we do and things we buy can impact wildlife-both good and bad. Find out how we can conserve wildlife in this game show style program.

Please call the education department at 423-697-1322 ext: 5782 for information about our education

high school program.

All programs are 30 minutes and include a special animal encounter.



Teacher F.A.Q.

Is a date available?

  • There is no limit for field trips that do not include an Educational Experience. If you have an Education Experience with your program, availability is limited and is indicated when you register online.

How do I pay?

  • Payment is collected at the gift shop upon arrival in the form of one payment.

  • All students and chaperones must be present at the time of arrival to receive the group rate. Otherwise they will be charged general admission.

  • One person is responsible for the payment of the school group upon arrival by school check, VISA, MC, DISC, AMEX or cash.  All students and parents must be present at check-in in order to receive the group rate.

  • The total number of students (broken down by regular and F/R lunch) and number of registered adults is needed before checking in.

Can we eat lunch there? 

  • Food is not permitted in the zoo. However, there are picnic tables that are available in Warner Park. The best plan is to leave your lunches on the bus and pick them up when you are ready to eat. We DO NOT have an area to store lunches.

  • Boxed Lunches- Boxed lunches are available from Wild Burger! To pre-order boxed lunches call the Zoo at: (423) 697-1322 ext. 5454 or email us at View the menu and order form here!

What all information do I need to register?

  • You will need the number of traditional students, number of NSLP (Free & Reduced Lunch) students and additional adults. We understand numbers will change between registration and day of arrival.

What timing should we plan for?

  • Plan about one hour to tour the zoo plus additional time for loading / unloading buses, getting your group organized, bathroom visits, time in the gift shop, carousel rides, or an education experience.  

Where do buses park?

  • The Zoo’s entrance is off Holtzclaw Avenue.  There is a bus turn around and ample free parking for both buses and cars.  Once buses have dropped off students, please have them move to the bus parking lot.  Please remind parents to park in the parking lots and not inside the bus turnaround. Unless the visiting group chooses to pay for the bus drivers, bus drivers will need to pay their own admission into the Zoo.

How do I pay for additional adults/chaperones or siblings?

  • Any adults or siblings that are not on the registration must pay general admission in the gift shop upon arrival. Zoo members can present their membership card for admission they are a current Zoo member. Please remember, groups will receive 1 free chaperone for every 10 or 5 (Pre-k only) students. If you have 86 students for example, you will be rounded up to 9 free chaperones. 

What if it rains?

  • Field trips are held rain or shine, so please be sure your students dress accordingly.  In the case of severe weather, we will work with your group to try to reschedule your visit for another day.  We cannot guarantee being able to reschedule field trips with education programs.




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