Field Trips

Field Trips & Studies

Field Trips and Field Studies

Schedule your next field trip at Omaha's Zoo & Aquarium where exploration and discoveries are endless!  

Field trip reservations must be made by filling out the field trip reservation form at least a week prior to your visit. Zoo memberships can only be applied to chaperone admission that is over the required 1:5 ratio.  

Field Trip Reservation Form

 

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Admission Prices

Zoo Admission

Students (Pre-K through College): $8
Chaperones: Free

School group admission rates only 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 Giant Screen Theater®. There must be 1 adult for every 5 students in attendance. Any adults beyond this ratio must pay general adult admission or use their membership to gain entrance to the Zoo.

Lozier Giant Screen Theater®

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

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

To receive the school group rate, the school must make a reservation in advance. There must be 1 adult for every 5 students in attendance.  Any adults beyond this ratio must pay general adult admission or use their membership to gain entrance to the Zoo.

Showtimes

 

Make a Reservation

Field trip reservations must be made by filling out the field trip reservation form at least a week prior to your visit. Zoo memberships can only be applied to chaperone admission that is over the required 1:5 ratio.  

Field Trip Reservation Form

We look forward to seeing your group soon! 

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)

This grant waives Zoo admission for one grade level (K through 6th grade) per school.   
Eligibility: (School must meet all requirements below)
  • ANY school that is classified as a school wide Title I school and has 50% or greater of their population on free and reduced lunches.
  • The school must be in Nebraska or the following Iowa counties: Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby, Taylor.
NOTE: Any school that is designated a school wide Title I school and has 50% or greater of their population on free and reduced lunches but does not fall under the areas listed above may apply to receive a school group trip at a 50% reduction of school group admission.
 

Robinson Grant (available for pre-K through 6th grade)

This grant includes Zoo admission, a field study program and a hotdog lunch for one grade level (pre-K through 6th grade) per school. Up to $125 reimbursement for bus fees. One (1) chaperone per 10 students will also receive a free hotdog lunch. Additional chaperones must pay for their lunch. No meal substitutions are available. For program topics and details on field study programs go to http://www.OmahaZoo.com/field-trips.    
Eligibility: (School must meet all requirements below)
  • ANY school that is classified as a school wide Title 1 school in Nebraska.
 

Richard Brooke Field Study Foundation (available for K – 12th grade)

This grant includes Zoo admission, a field study program and a hotdog lunch for up to 40 students and 4 chaperones. Up to $100 reimbursement for bus fees. No meal substitutions are available. For program topics and details on field study programs go to http://www.OmahaZoo.com/field-trips.
Eligibility: (School must meet all requirements below)
  • ANY school that is classified as a school wide Title 1 school in the Omaha Metro area.
 
 

Click Here to Complete Application

Click here to complete an application. Application must be printed and include your principal's signature before submission.  Application maybe submitted via email or mail.  

 

Target Field Trip Grant

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Enhance Your Field Trip experience!

Make the most of your field trip to the Zoo by taking advantage of one on our unique Field Study opportunities. Engaging your students in meaningful learning about animals, their habitats and conservation has never been easier!  

To make reservations for one of our Field Study opportunities below, contact the Education Department at educate@OmahaZoo.com.

Guided Tours (Grades K-8)

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

What You Need To Know

  • Available September-March (Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.)
  • Guided tours are 45 minutes in length
  • Three weeks notice required when making a reservation
  • Capacity: 50 students (larger groups please call for availability)
  • Fee: $60 for up to 20 students ($3 for each additional student, does not include school group admission to the Zoo)
    • Cancellation notice is required 1 week before the tour. 

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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

Student Workshops (Pre-K)

Student Workshops are designed to expand your student's critical thinking skills through interactive STEM learning.  Workshops are aligned with Early Learning Guidelines: Nebraska’s Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards.

What You Need to Know

  • Available September 1 through March 31 (unless noted)
  • Times: 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-2:00 p.m. (workshops are 60 minutes in length)
  • Capacity: 24 students per session. A second session is required for larger groups.
  • Three weeks notice required when making a reservation
  • Fee: $100 for up to 20 students ($5 for each additional student, does not include school group admission to the Zoo)
    • Cancellation notice is required 1 week before workshop. 

Topics

Commotion in the Ocean - The world’s oceans are home to incredible creatures that are masters of disguise! Students will become ocean explorers, discovering animals and learning how they have adapted to life in the water. 

Jr. Vet - Students will explore what it takes to be in this rewarding and challenging field.  Learn how to identify symptoms of sick animals, conduct basic exams, and more

Born to be wild - Do all animal babies look like their parents? Which animals hatch from eggs, and which are live-born? This workshop will compare animal babies and development while introducing the basic concepts of life cycles (including metamorphosis) in both invertebrates and vertebrates.

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Student Workshops (Grades K-5)

Student Workshops are designed to expand your student's critical thinking skills through interactive STEM learning.  Workshops are aligned with Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards for Science and Next Generation Science Standards.

What You Need to Know

  • Available September-March  (unless noted)
  • Times: 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 12:00-1:30 p.m. (workshops are 1 1/2 hours in length)
  • Capacity: 30 students per session. A second session is required for larger groups.
  • Three weeks notice required when making a reservation
  • Fee: $100 for up to 20 students ($5 for each additional student, does not include school group admission to the Zoo)
    • Cancellation notice is required 1 week before workshop. 

Grades K-2

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.

Critter Clothes - Students will put their investigation skills to use as they hypothesize, observe, track, record, and discuss the purpose of different animal coverings in mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Grades 3-5

African Grasslands - Become a Wildlife Ranger and explore the Zoo’s largest exhibit, African Grasslands!  Students will observe elephants, giraffes, cheetahs and more, using their investigative skills to uncover unique adaptations, while discovering the important role of wildlife rangers.  (Available March-October)

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. 

Animal Actions - Students will put their investigation skills to use as they hypothesize, observe, track, record, and discuss the purpose of different animal movements.

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Student Workshops (Grades 6-12)

Student Workshops are designed to expand your student's critical thinking skills through interactive STEM learning.  Workshops are aligned with Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards for Science and Next Generation Science Standards.

What You Need to Know

  • Available year-round (unless noted)
  • Times: 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 12:00-1:30 p.m. (workshops are 1 1/2 hours in length)
  • Capacity: 30 students per session. A second session is required for larger groups.
  • Three weeks notice required when making a reservation
  • Fee: $100 for up to 20 students ($5 for each additional student, does not include school group admission to the Zoo)
    • Cancellation notice is required 1 week before workshop. 

Topics

Zoo Careers - Did you know that Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium has a Graphics department or a Building Engineering team?  It takes many talented individuals and departments to run the Zoo.  In this program, we will explore some of the more obvious careers, like zookeeping, and some less obvious!  This workshop is a wonderful introduction to STEM careers at the Zoo.  

Exhibit Design - It takes a large team to create world class exhibits here at Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium.  From understanding animal needs and behavior, to creating spaces necessary for keepers to do their work, and designing interactive areas for visitors, it takes enormous amounts of planning.  In this Field Study, students will explore the different components of exhibit design and put their engineering skills to work designing their own exhibit! 

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 two animals to observe; Penguins or Gorillas! (Available September-March)

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. 

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Special Speakers (High School-College)

TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE

Enhance your high school or college visit with a special talk from one of our Zoo professionals.  Fill out the request form with information about your class and learning objectives, and we will work to schedule a special speaker to meet your needs.     

Speaker Request Form

What You Need To Know

  • Available to high school and college groups only.
  • Talks are approximately 30-45 minutes in length.
  • Capacity: 50 students (larger groups please call for availability)
  • Requests must be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks in advance. 
  • Scheduling is based upon availability of the speaker and must be during Zoo business hours.
  • The Education Department reserves the right to schedule special speakers based upon availability and group eligibility.
  • Fee: $100 (does not include school group admission to the Zoo)
    • Cancellation notice is required 1 week before talk. 

Special Arrangement Tours (High School-College)

TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE

Enhance your high school or college visit with a special arrangement behind-the-scenes tour.  Fill out the request form with information about your class and learning objectives, and we will work to schedule a special tour to meet your needs.  These tours do not include direct contact with animals.    

Tour Request Form

What You Need To Know

  • Available to high school and college groups only.  
  • Tours are approximately 30-45 minutes in length.
  • Requests must be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks in advance. 
  • Scheduling is based upon availability of the area and must be during Zoo business hours.
  • The Education Department reserves the right to schedule special tours based upon availability and group eligibility.
  • Fee: $100 for up to 20 people (students and chaperones)
    • Does not include school group admission to the Zoo.
    • Groups larger than 20 people (students and chaperones) must pay and additional tour fee and may be split into another tour or limited to certain buildings. 
    • Cancellation notice is required 1 week before tour.