Field Trips

Field Trips

School group admission ratesonly apply when student admission is being paid for by the school. Reservations are required in advance to receive a school discount. There is an additional fee for reservations to the Lozier IMAX® Theater. To receive the school group rate, the school must make one advance payment. There must also be one adult for every 10 students in attendance.

We request that you make your field trip reservation online. As of July 2016, Zoo memberships can no longer be applied to field trip reservations. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Department at (402) 738-2092 or classes@OmahaZoo.com.

Make a Zoo Only Reservation

Make a Zoo and IMAX Reservation

Download School Field Trip Packet

 

Zoo Admission

Students (Pre-K through College): $7
Chaperones: Free

One person must pay for the entire group to receive the school discount. There must be one adult per 10 students in attendance to receive the school group rate. As of July 2016, Zoo memberships can no longer be applied to field trip reservations.

IMAX Admission

Students (Pre-K through College): $4
Chaperones: $4

IMAX Showtimes

Reservations to the Lozier IMAX® Theater are an additional fee. The IMAX® is a paid feature within the Zoo. Guests cannot use admission from a previous day to purchase IMAX® tickets. Same-day admission only.

To receive the school group rate, the school must make one advance payment. There must also be one adult for every 10 students in attendance.

 

 

Funding Opportunities

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium offers the following funding opportunities for school group visits. Please read through the eligibility for each program before submitting an application.

Title I School Group Field Trip (K-6th Grade)

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Click here to complete an application. Application is a fillable form, but must be printed and include your principal's signature before mailing.

Target Field Trip Grant

 

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Enhance Your Field Trip Experience

With the Zoo at your fingertips, you can enhance the learning opportunities available to your students. Contact the Education Department at (402) 738-2092 or classes@OmahaZoo.com for more information.

Living Classrooms

Enhance your visit with one of these special 1 1/2-hour programs. Living Classrooms are designed to expand your student's critical thinking skills through interactive, hands-on activities that meet Next Generation Science Standards.

What You Need to Know

  • Available September 1 through March 31.
  • Times available are 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Capacity: 30 students per session.  For groups larger than 30, a second session is required.
  • Level: K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grades 
  • 3 weeks' notice required
  • Fee: $4/student (minimum fee applicable, does not include school group zoo admission)

Topics

  • Animal Actions: Students will put their investigation skills to use as they hypothesize, observe, track, record, and discuss the purpose of different animal movements.
  • Penguins: Who doesn't love these feathered creatures? Put on your penguin research gear and learn about penguin adaptations, make scientific observations, collect data, and more.

Student Workshops

Expand your students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through hands-on activities with one of our unique workshop opportunties.

Contact the Education Department at (402) 738-2092 or classes@OmahaZoo.com for more information or to schedule a session.

What You Need to Know

  • Available September 1 through March 31
  • Times: 10 a.m. and Noon
  • Capacity: 40 students per session. For groups larger than 40, a second session is required.
  • Grade Level: 6th - 12th
  • Fee: $5 per student (minimum fee applicable, does not include school group Zoo admission)
  • Three weeks notice required when making a reservation.

Topics

  • Sharks: The news often feeds us negative images of sharks. However, sharks are an essential part of the food web and are an apex predator. Students will take an in-depth look at shark adaptations (feeding, niche, camouflage, and more), conservation issues, and will get serious observation time with the sharks at the Scott Aquarium. (Note: This activity can begin before the zoo opens to the public! Call to find out more.)
  • Animal Behavior: How do zoos know what to feed their animals or how to keep them stimulated in their environment? How do we know that animals use tools and that some can problem solve? Making good observations is key to answering these questions and many more. Students will take on the role of a field scientist and learn how to make observations and collect data. You choose from one of three animals to observe; Penguins, Gorillas, or Tigers!
  • Behavioral Husbandry - Training: Let your students exercise their brains in this challenging field of study. Animal care staff at the zoo use positive reinforcement techniques to shape animal behaviors, which in turn improves daily care. This activity promotes social interaction and stimulates critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Amphibian Field Sampling: Provide your students with an opportunity to engage in real-world science at our Wildlife Safari Park. Learn about conservation issues facing amphibians and collect valuable data, which is used to monitor their health as a part of our statewide amphibian conservation initiative. Students will learn how to test water quality, collect samples from amphibians to be tested for disease, and properly record data. *Program offered at Wildlife Safari Park only. This workshop is completely outdoors and is offered April through October, weather permitting. Group size may be limited to fewer than 30 per session.

Around the World Guided Tours

Let us take your students on a journey around the world. 

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What You Need To Know

  • Available September-March (Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.).
  • Reservations are required with at least three weeks notice.
  • Guided tours are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length.
  • Fee: $3 per person (minimum fee applicable, does not include school group zoo admission)
  • Maximum of 65 students, unless noted otherwise. Larger groups please call for availability.

Guided Tour Topics

  • Ocean Explorer (Scott Aquarium): The ocean covers over 70 percent of our world so it must contain a fantastic variety of life! Become an ocean explorer and see what animals you can discover, and learn how they have adapted to living the life aquatic. (Grades K-6)
  • Rainforest Researcher (Lied Jungle): Layer by layer, virtually every nook and cranny in a rainforest is occupied by some form of life. Become a rainforest researcher and explore our tropical rainforest top to bottom. (Grades K-6)
  • Desert Discovery (Desert Dome): Survival in the sand! Discover reptiles, mammals and birds which call the desert home. Learn how they have adapted to live in a desert. (Grades K-6)
  • Wildlife Safari Park: Wildlife Safari Park is the perfect place for studying North American native wildlife, prairies, wetlands and Nebraska history. Wildlife Safari Park is located off Nebraska's I-80, Exit 426. (Grades 3 - 12, $50 fee per bus)