Self-Guided Field Trips


The Chicago Zoological Society has a policy of giving free general admission to Illinois school groups between Labor Day and Memorial Day - Monday through Friday - from Head Start, public, and private Illinois groups serving pre-kindergarten through college for self-guided field trips (parking and attraction fees still apply). Reservations must be made a minimum of ten business days before your scheduled field trip. This opportunity is intended to afford all children, chaperones, and teachers in a class or school an opportunity to enjoy the zoo as a group and to learn about and experience animals and nature in a beautiful park-like setting.

Make your reservations early-pace is limited. NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN FOR LESS THAN TEN BUSINESS DAYS before your requested field trip date. If you must cancel or change a reservation, refer to your confirmation email for additional instructions. Your confirmation email will also contain information on purchasing parking and additional attraction tickets.

October, November, and December 2022 dates are now available! 

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Are you a K-12 educator seeking new horizons in professional learning for the 2022-23 school year?

Register for a FREE, unique, one-year program to support student-centered instruction and inquiry in your classroom. Discover the joy of learning as you adventure among the animals and nature at Brookfield Zoo! The program includes 4 full days of learning at Brookfield Zoo, virtual "check in" meetings, and a lesson plan assignment with individualized feedback from experienced zoo educator program facilitators. A total of 35 professional development hours, a $250 stipend, a Certificate of Completion from Brookfield Zoo, and complimentary individual zoo passes will be awarded upon completion of all program requirements.

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