If you're looking for an adventure outside of the classroom, come visit us at the Chattanooga Zoo! Students have the opportunity to explore and learn about exhibits on a field trip, enroll in a homeschool series for Life Science experience, or even get close up with an educational program.

Field Trips

Bring your class to the zoo and embark on the wildest field trip in town! See, hear and smell some of the world’s most treasured and unique wildlife without even leaving Chattanooga! For a more in-depth experience and a chance to experience a wild encounter, you can add an educational program to your visit, too.

  • You must be an accredited public or private school, Head Start program, pre-school or organized homeschool group.
  • You must have 10 or more participants to qualify for school group rates, which are only available during the school year.
  • 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.

If you have any questions regarding field trips or educational programs, please email the Education Department at education@chattzoo.org or call 423-697-1322 ext: 5782.

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Grant funding may be available for qualifying schools. Please email cdale@chattzoo.org for more information.


  • $3 Students (+$3 per student for program)
  • $2 Title 1 School students  (+$3 per student for program)
  • $8 extra chaperones
    Extra Chaperones must register with school to receive this pricing

Zooniversity HomeSchool learning program

Welcome to the wildest home school class in town! You will see, hear, and smell some of the world’s most treasured wildlife!

Each class is an hour and thirty minutes long and includes instructions, activities, crafts, and games.

We offer our Home School Series for K-2nd, 3rd – 5th, and 6th – 8th graders! Fall 2019 class instruction will include an introduction to physical properties and chemical changes, the many types of energy and its power, force and movement, density, and astronomy!

Due to popular demand, we are now offering TWO K-2nd and 3rd-5th classes! These classes take place on the same dates and have the same curriculum, they are just offered at separate times (morning and afternoon).


Homeschool Family Day

Join us on Friday, September 13th from 10am – 2pm for Homeschool Family Day! The day will consist of keeper chats, hands-on science activities, and a look into our Zooniversity classes! For an extra $5 you can sign up for a workshop to see if our Zooniversity Homeschool Series is right for your family. We will be hosting workshops for K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th graders that feature our normal instruction taught throughout the year. Not wanting to attend workshops? No problem, just enjoy the zoo at a discount price and explore our zoo residents and keeper chats.

Admission Price:
$8 Adults
$6 Kids
Add on a class for $5 per child.
Registration is needed for the classes only, not to attend the Zoo.


Register for Family Day HERE

View the schedule of events HERE

For additional questions, please email education@chattzoo.org or at 423-697-1322.

Class Schedule

K-5th Grade Rates


6-8th Grade Rates

Fridays at 2:00pm

Zoo Tales

Zoo Tales is a complimentary storytime program offered to all guests each Friday morning with regular Zoo admission. Zoo Tales encourages youth to read interactively by combining an engaging animal book with a corresponding animal encounter or educational activity. Come and join us as we get lost in a book and learn about our favorite furry friends! We can’t wait to share our stories with you.

Zoo Tales location subject to change at any time. For more information about Zoo tales, please contact our Education Department at education@chattzoo.org or (423) 697-1319.