Illinois School Group Field Trip Reservation
Illinois School Groups
Illinois students on a field trip are free every day. With your school reservation, all adult supervisors are also free.
Illinois Pre-K Groups
Preschool groups located in a state-approved elementary school buildings are free with a reserved field trip.
Illinois Head Start Groups
Illinois HeadStart groups on a reserved field trip are admitted into the zoo for free.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from January 1 through February 28, 2017, are FREE days for zoo general admission. (Note: While admission is free on these days, normal internal attraction fees still apply--this includes Dolphins in Action and special events like Summer Nights or Holiday Magic.
Non-reserved Illinois school groups will be charged regular zoo admission for each adult supervisor.
If you do not meet the definition of an Illinois school group, please click here.
Registration for Illinois School Groups Only
All self-guided field trip registrations will be taken through our online process. We will help walk you through the registration process below. Please note:
Registrations must be made two weeks in advance. For Spring trips, we suggest to make your reservations at least two months in advance.
Bring payment for parking; $15.00/bus, $12.00/car or van on the day of your trip.
Field trip times must be during Zoo hours; no early admissions or late stays allowed unless authorized by the Conservation, Education and Training department.After you have completed your online reservation, YOU MUST print all of your confirmation and contract information, as this will be your only notification that you are registered.
Please have a copy of your confirmation and contract for EACH vehicle.
Confirmation and Your Contract
Your field-trip confirmation, zoo maps, and a contract for a school group visit will be delivered via email at the conclusion of the online reservation process. The contract establishes an agreement to the terms of your visit between the zoo and your school. Read it carefully, sign it, and bring it with the reservation confirmation on the day of your visit. Please have a copy for each vehicle. Please note: the confirmation will be automatically sent to the e-mail address that is listed in the reservation and this WILL BE THE ONLY CONFIRMATION. Please check your spam folder, as these e-mails are frequently filtered. If you have any questions, or do not receive this confirmation, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Supervisors (PreK to College)
School groups visiting the zoo MUST have proper adult supervision in a ratio of at least one adult for every 10 students. Adult chaperones are required to accompany each group of students.
Medical Release Form
Teachers and group supervisors are advised to carry emergency contact numbers and signed medical waiver for each child under 18 years old, allowing the teacher to give permission for medical treatment. For an example of a medical release form, click here.
Download Sample Medical Release Form
Please note, there is no food storage and outside caterers are not permitted at Brookfield Zoo.
Now that you know...Let's get to the registration!
After you have read through all of the information on this page, it is time to start the online registration process.
Click to Register
Parents and young explorers can experience serious fun at one of our Family Play 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.