Field Trips

Field Trips

Interested in a field trip?

Brookfield Zoo is a great location for your class field trip! Free general admission is available to Head Start, public and private Illinois school groups K-college for self-guided field trips (parking and attraction fees still apply), but two weeks advance notice is needed. An Illinois school group is defined as classroom teacher accompanying his or her students, Monday-Friday, during the normal school year. Note: groups that do not meet these qualifications will be notified.

Make your reservations early—space is limited. For spring trips, please make your reservations two months in advance. For all other seasons, please make your reservations at least two weeks in advance. No reservations will be accepted less than two weeks before your requested field-trip date.

In order to serve you better, please indicate the type of group you are bringing to the zoo:

If your group doesn't fit into these categories, or if you must cancel or change a reservation, call us at (708) 688-8367 for more information.

Free Activity Pages

More information about our Classroom Connection classes.

target-logo-1.pngBrookfield Zoo is proud to announce that Target is the presenting sponsor of our Free Field Trip Program for Illinois schools. Teachers: Book your Illinois school field trip above to ensure FREE general admission for your students. Thanks to Target for helping to bring kids up close to nature and enjoy a day of hands-on learning at Brookfield Zoo!


Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventure!

Go behind-the-scenes when you register for Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo.

Sign Up for Zoo Classes

Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play Classes!

Teacher Classes at Brookfield Zoo

Register for Teacher Classes

Teachers can choose from a wide variety of unique courses for continuing education credit at Brookfield Zoo.

Free Admission for Military Personnel

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo's admission booths will be admitted free of charge.