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

Bring your students on a visit to Brookfield Zoo for a day of connecting with animals and nature!

Connections Classes

Experience a Connections class led by our talented instructors, then head out into the zoo to explore!

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


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 for more information.

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

To reserve a field trip that includes a Connections class or a Zoo Talk, call us at (708) 688-8367 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email

Check out our Connections catalog

Have questions?
Contact Julie Wozniak at 708-688-8367 or

Backstage Adventures at Brookfield Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventure!

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

Family Play Programs 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.