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Education FAQs

Do I need to make reservations if my school class is coming for a field trip?

Yes, all groups are required to make reservations for their visit. This helps us better prepare for your visit. Reservations are required at least 2 weeks prior to the date you plan to visit. Book A Field Trip

How much are your fees?

Fees vary depending on the programs you choose. A general field trip to the zoo without any educational programs or tours is the cost of general admission. If you would like to add on a classroom program or a Safari Show then there would be an extra fee. You can learn more about the program options and fees by visiting the ZooSchool Page

Do you offer a group discount?

Yes, we offer a discounted rate of $1.00 per person for groups of 20 or more. Admission fees for groups must be paid in a single transaction in order to receive a discount.

What are the general rules to think about when planning a field trip at the Zoo?

Please visit the Field Trip page  to help plan your trip to the zoo.

Why is there a maximum number of students allowed for each program?

In order to ensure a more personal and effective learning experience for your students, we have restricted the allowed number of students for many of the programs we offer. We have found that when we are working with small groups, there is more time to interact with each student, activities are more engaging, students have greater enjoyment of the experience, and learning is greatly enhanced. While there are limits on the number of students in each structured lesson, these limits do not pertain to the total size of the group you bring to the Zoo.

What happens if more students attend our class session than scheduled?

Program and lesson class size maximums are set to provide the ideal educational experience and quality for the students. If the number of students you bring to your scheduled program is over the maximum for a lesson, Zoo staff may need to significantly alter your program, schedule and charge you for additional program(s), and/or may not be able to teach your program. If you think you may have more students than scheduled, please be sure to communicate with the Zoo in advance.

Can we purchase lunch at the zoo?

Unfortunately, purchasing food is unavailable at this time. Outside food or drink are not allowed to be brought into the Zoo. Picnic tables are available in Thompson Park. Students may also eat picnic style on the grass lawn in front of the Zoo.

If I have more than one group scheduled for a class, what will students who are not in a lesson do during that time?

Additional groups are welcome to explore zoo. To enhance your students’ learning experience, we can provide some observational activities to help guide students through the zoo and prepare them for their program session.

How long does it take to go through the Zoo?

The engagement and preparation of your group chaperones often dictates how long it takes to go through the Zoo. Well-prepared and engaged chaperones can generally guide their group through the exhibits in about an hour. To best prepare your chaperones, it often helps for teachers to visit the Zoo prior to your group visit. Teacher Planning Passes are available to help educators plan routes and coordinate pre-visit lesson plans.

What happens in the event of rain or severe weather on the day of my trip?

We encourage all visiting groups to maintain their reservation status. If it’s cold or rainy, there are still lots of fun things to see and the Zoo probably won’t be crowded.

However, in the case of severe weather, you may contact the Zoo at (806) 381-7911 to reschedule your program. It is possible for some animals to be off exhibit for certain reasons such as severe or inclement weather.

Amarillo Zoo does not offer rain checks or refunds once you have entered the Zoo.

When will I receive confirmation of my request?

You will receive an email confirmation within a few days of booking your program/field trip.

Can I book a program in the evening or on a weekend?

Outreach and on-site programs are available between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:00pm Tuesday through Saturday. We do not offer programs on Sunday, Monday, or in the evening.

How much are travel fees for a ZOOmobile outreach program?

There are no travel fees inside the city limits of Amarillo. Programs booked outside of the Amarillo City limits will be charged .51 cents per mile round trip from the Zoo to the program location.

Can we touch the animals?

Almost every program includes a touchable animal. Instructors will guide participants in methods of safely touching one or more of the program animals.

When and how can I pay for programs?

Payment is due the day of the program. You can use a credit card, cash or check (made out to City of Amarillo). Receipts for ZooSchool programs can be obtained the day of the program at the admissions office. Receipts for ZooMobile programs can be obtained from your educator via email or fax once your payment has been processed.


The Amarillo Zoo will allow field trips, programs and outreaches to schools and other organizations as long as allowed by Governor's orders. We are committed to follow every health and safety protocol at the state, local, and school district or organization level.

The staff has daily temperature checks and adheres to mandatory face coverings. Additional precautions: 

Zoomobile - No touching of animals or biofacts allowed.

Zooschool - Weather permitting, outdoor amphitheater will be used to have a programs. Social distancing is enforced. If classroom is used, only 15 people maximum allowed in the building at once. No touching of biofacts or animals allowed.

Still have questions? Call 806-381-7911 or email [email protected]

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The Amarillo Zoo is located in Thompson Park. Take Hwy 287 North off of I-40, take the N. 24th Ave. exit and go West, turn right into Thompson Park and follow the signs to the Zoo parking lot.

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