Field Trips

Field Trips

Interested in bringing your class to Brookfield Zoo?

Brookfield Zoo is a great location for your class field trip! We offer two types of field trips for your classroom:

Self-guided Field Trips

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:

Illinois School Group (Headstart program; Kindergarten through college; public or private)

Home School/Home School Association

Pre-School Groups:
NOT associated with a grammar school Daycare or after school care program

Other:

Out of state school group (Kindergarten through college)

Scout group, camp programs, and other non-school youth group

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

iBook

Multi-touch iBook Self-Guided Field Trip

The student multi-touch book was created as a self-guided field trip resource for both teachers and students in the primary grades. While we hope teachers can bring their students to Brookfield Zoo, this can also be used as a virtual field trip. Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade connect to the content in the student book. Lessons and activities can be modified to meet the needs of students in intermediate grade levels. The book focuses on one area of Brookfield Zoo: the hoofed animal habitats. The student book is organized into three main chapters: Pre-zoo Activities (pre-field trip lessons and activities), Welcome to Brookfield Zoo (self-guided field trip activities), and Back in the Classroom (post-field trip lesson and activities).

Teachers and students can download a free iBook "Hoofed Animals of Brookfield Zoo" and view the multitouch book on a Mac or iOS device such as an iPad by clicking on the iTunes link below. 

Download the Hoofed Animals iBook (PDF version)
Download the Hoofed Animals Teachers Guide (PDF)

Activity Sheets

Chicago Zoological Society has developed curricula for a wide range of age levels and subjects. Spend some time reviewing our curricula offerings, and find those that are the best fit for you and your class. They all use the animals and resources at Brookfield Zoo to generate an excitement about learning and to inspire an appreciation for the natural world. Download What to Do at Brookfield Zoo activity sheets for Grades Pre-K-12:

Free Activity Pages

Connections Classes

We are no longer accepting reservations for Connections classes. We are restructuring our School & Teachers programs and have discontinued these offerings indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes in your field trip plans. Self-guided field trip reservations can still be made online at CZS.org/FieldTrips.

We have several resources for self-guided field trips if you are interested. Those can be found under Activity Sheets and we have a brand new iBook app for primary grades.We also have an extensive teacher training program based in STEM and aligned with NGSS standards.


Questions?
Contact Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or fieldtrip@czs.org.

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