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Field Trips

The Zoo is a fabulous outdoor classroom and the zoo staff is anxious to assist teachers, making school field trips to the Alexandria Zoo experiences to remember while reinforcing classroom teaching.

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Admission

Discount admission rates and discount train tickets are available for groups of 15 or more that enter the zoo together and are paid for in one transaction.

Regular Admission$7.50 (Adult)
Regular Admission$5.50 (Child)
Regular Train$1.50
Group Admission$4.50
Group Train$1.00

All rates and fees are subject to change.

Who qualifies for the group rate?

Group rates are available for schools, churches, assisted care facilities, and other organizations. They must be groups of 15 or more, enter the zoo together and be paid for in one transaction. Family groups are not included.

Are chaperones/parents included?

All chaperones/parents may be included in the group rate if they wish to enter the Zoo with the group/class and are paid for with the group. One payment can cover admission and train tickets.

Anyone paying individually will be charged the regular admission fee.

Teachers and bus drivers are admitted free.

What payment type is accepted?

Cash, business/organization check, cashier check or credit card payment is accepted.

School or business purchase orders can be accepted if arrangements are made with the Zoo office at least one week prior to your visit.

Change cannot be given to an individual if checks are not made out accurately. The remaining balance will be mailed to the school.

What about refunds?

Refunds will not be given once a group has entered the Zoo. Unused train tickets are nonrefundable but can be used on another visit.

Reservations are Required

Field trips are welcomed at the zoo anytime during the year. Reservations are required and we recommend you make arrangements at least two weeks prior to your visit. During the spring, be sure to reserve at least a month in advance.

The months of March, April, and May are extremely busy, especially on Fridays, so consider Monday through Thursday. Sometimes it is necessary to limit the number of groups visiting each day to prevent overcrowding. Fall is also a great time to visit the zoo.

Education Programs

The Education Department can assist teachers with activity ideas. Scavenger hunts, observation sheets, animal trivia quizzes or animal fact sheets are available upon request.

Education programs featuring amazing small creatures, videos and more can be scheduled in advance at no additional cost.

Lessons are customized to adhere to Louisiana's state-mandated standards of learning and are taught using scientific inquiry.

Contact the Education Department at 318-441-6810 to discuss program options for your grade level.

Name Tags / School IDs

School IDs or name tags should be worn by students and teachers. These can be wrist bands, adhesive tags, or may be attached to the student with string.

Please DO NOT use safety or straight pins as they are a serious health hazard to the animals if they fall off.

Please include the name of the child, teacher's name, and school on tags.

Bus Parking

Buses should unload students at the Front Entrance. Bus parking is available behind Bringhurst Park Baseball Complex.

Picnic Areas

The picnic area inside the Zoo is limited and cannot be reserved. Picnic areas inside the zoo include the playground and Picnic Pavilion. Seating at the tables at the Palm Cafe is reserved for customers only.

Public areas are available adjacent to the zoo grounds. The shaded, grassy area in the front zoo parking lot, Big Island, and City Park all have areas that can accomodate picnicing groups. Bringhurst Park has a larger playground and splash pad. Teachers can receive a hand stamp that will allow the entire class to re-enter the Zoo after lunch outside the Zoo.

No glass containers or straws should be brought into the Zoo. Due to lack of space, we do not provide monitored lunch storage. Ice chests are allowed but are the responsibility of the group.

Palm Cafe Lunches

You may contact the Palm Cafe (318-441-6836 or 318-308-3298) for lunch arrangements. The Palm Cafe is operated by a private vendor and all arrangements should be made directly with the Cafe.

Prior arrangements for lunch CANNOT be made through the Zoo offices. The Palm Cafe requests a final count at least one week before your scheduled field trip, and requires a 24 hour cancellation notice.

Kids options include hot dog, corn dog, or ham and cheese hoagie meals. Adult options include hamburger or cheeseburger meals. For an additional charge, sno cones are also available.

Zootique Souvenirs

The Zootique is open from 10 am - 5 pm. Teachers may contact the Zootique (318-441-6820) prior to a scheduled visit to arrange for souvenir bags to be prepared for each student. (The Zootique requires a minimum 1 week notice.)

The Zootique manager will work with teachers to prepare bags at an agreed upon price. During busy times at the Zoo, Management may limit the number of students visiting the Zootique at one time.

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Summer Safari

 

FOTAZ Member registration begins Monday, March 23 at 9 am.

Non-Member registration begins Monday, March 30 at 9 am.

 

 

About Summer Safari

Each summer kids in kindergarten through the 8th grade can spend a whole week learning about the zoo and its unique residents during Summer Safari.

Each class is geared to a specific age group and sessions include activities, crafts, behind-the-scenes tours, snacks, train rides, animal encounters, visits with zookeepers, and a t-shirt.

Summer Safari classes enable your child to experience the Zoo and its animals under the guidance of teachers, trained volunteers and Zoo staff.

Fees & Registration

Non-Member $115 per class
FOTAZ Member $95 per class

A completed application with full payment is required to reserve a space. All registrations are processed in the order they are received and membership status is checked.

Summer Safari forms must be received no later than the Wednesday before your chosen class.

Refunds & Rescheduling

Refunds
Over Two (2) Weeks Prior to Your Class
$20 Cancellation Fee

Two (2) Weeks Prior to Your Class
No refund will be issued since the spot has been reserved for you and it may not be filled.

Rescheduling
Rescheduling requests are determined by availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if my child gets into a class?

How will I know if my child gets into a class?

Once your child's registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation notice by mail, phone, or email based on your registration form. Classes may be cancelled or combined if registration is below our required minimum.

Can I register my child in an older or younger age group?

Can I register my child in an older or younger age group?

No, we adhere to grade requirements as our classes are age appropriate. All classes are based on grade completed in May 2015.

What if I want my child in the same class as a friend?

What if I want my child in the same class as a friend?

It will be more likely for your child to be registered in the same class with a friend if both completed forms with payment are turned in together.

If non-member forms are mailed with member forms, they will both be processed after the non-member date.

What if the class I want is full?

What if the class I want is full?

We can put you on a waiting list, however there is no guarantee that a space will become available.

Can my child attend more than one class?

Can my child attend more than one class?

Your child can attend multiple classes for his or her age group. Although some activities may be repeated, different lesson plans are developed for each class.

Children may be registered for up to TWO classes.

What if my child has allergies or restrictions?

What if my child has allergies or restrictions?

PLEASE MAKE US AWARE OF ANY ALLERGIES or restrictions your child may have. Note this on the registration form and make sure the teacher is aware of this on the first day.

What about drop-off and pick-up for my child?

What about drop-off and pick-up for my child?

Drop-off and pick-up occurs at Education Building A behind Bringhurst Field, not the main Zoo Entrance.

Children should arrive 10 minutes prior to class beginning and should be picked up promptly at the end of class.

A parent or guardian MUST sign the child in and out each day.

How should my child dress?

How should my child dress?

Children should dress comfortably, no new or valuable clothing.

CLOSED SHOES are required. No slides, flip-flops, sandals, crocs, wheelies, etc.

Make sure clothing is weather appropriate, since campers will spend time outdoors too.

Summer Safari campers will receive a t-shirt (included in class fee), and no size exchanges can be made. T-shirts will be issued on photo day (usually the second day).

Should I attend class with my child?

Should I attend class with my child?

It is not necessary for anyone to attend with the child unless there are special need requirements.

How are children supervised?

How are children supervised?

Campers are supervised at all times by Zoo staff, trained volunteers and educators who conduct the classes. Registered teen volunteers may accompany groups of campers when walking in the zoo.

Will there be a snack break?

Will there be a snack break?

Yes, snacks are prepared for all classes and water and other drinks are made available every day. Children cannot purchase drinks or snack during classes.

Will my child get to touch animals or go behind the scenes?

Will my child get to touch animals or go behind the scenes?

Each day children will get to see different animals up close. Some will be touchable, others not. Children are offered special educational opportunities such as visits with zookeepers.

What about scholarships?

What about scholarships?

A limited number of partial to full scholarships are available.

 

 

Kindergarten Completed

Summer Safari classes for children who have completed kindergarten in May 2015.

Each child may only be registered for up to TWO classes.

6.08 - 6.12 Race to the Finish

Race to the Finish
Completed Kindergarten
June 8 - June 12
9 am - noon

Conservation

6.22 - 6.26 Run Wild

Run Wild
Completed Kindergarten
June 22 - June 26
9 am - noon

Endangered Species

7.13 - 7.17 The Bare Necessities

The Bare Necessities
Completed Kindergarten
July 13 - July 17
9 am - noon

Adaptations

7.27 - 7.31 On the Trail: Meet the Animals of Louisiana

On the Trail: Meet the Animals of Louisiana
Completed Kindergarten
July 27 - July 31
9 am - noon

Habitats

Grades 1 & 2 Completed

Summer Safari classes for children who have completed grades 1st or 2nd in May 2015.

Each child may only be registered for up to TWO classes.

6.01 - 6.05 The Game of Predator & Prey

The Game of Predator & Prey
Completed Grades 1st & 2nd
June 1 - June 5
9 am - noon

Predator & Prey

6.15 - 6.19 Home Sweet Habitat

Home Sweet Habitat
Completed Grades 1st & 2nd
June 15 - June 19
9 am - noon

Habitats

7.06 - 7.10 The Big 5K

The Big 5K
Completed Grades 1st & 2nd
July 6 - July 10
9 am - noon

Biodiversity

7.20 - 7.24 Nature Detectives

Nature Detectives
Completed Grades 1st & 2nd
July 20 - July 24
9 am - noon

Conservation

7.27 - 7.31 Journey to Survival

Journey to Survival
Completed Grades 1st & 2nd
July 27 - July 31
9 am - noon

Endangered Species

Grades 3 & 4 Completed

Summer Safari classes for children who have completed grades 3rd or 4th in May 2015.

Each child may only be registered for up to TWO classes.

6.01 - 6.05 Run to Remember: Discovering Wildlife Wonders

Run to Remember: Discovering Wildlife Wonders
Completed Grades 3rd & 4th
June 1 - June 5
9 am - noon

Endangered Species

6.15 - 6.19 Survival of the Fittest

Survival of the Fittest
Completed Grades 3rd & 4th
June 15 - June 19
9 am - noon

Conservation

7.06 - 7.10 Super Senses

Super Senses
Completed Grades 3rd & 4th
July 6 - July 10
9 am - noon

Adaptations

7.20 - 7.24 Wild Trek

Wild Trek
Completed Grades 3rd & 4th
July 20 - July 24
9 am - noon

Habitats

Grades 5 & 6 Completed

Summer Safari classes for children who have completed grades 5th or 6th in May 2015.

6.08 - 6.12 Swim, Slither, Stomp & Soar to the Finish Line

Swim, Slither, Stomp & Soar to the Finish Line
Completed Grades 5th & 6th
June 8 - June 12
9 am - noon

Conservation

7.13 - 7.17 Quit Following Us!

Quit Following Us!
Completed Grades 5th & 6th
July 13 - July 17
9 am - noon

Biodiversity

Grades 7 & 8 Completed

Summer Safari classes for children who have completed grades 7th or 8th in May 2015.

6.22 - 6.26 Winning the Game, What are the Odds?

Winning the Game, What are the Odds?
Completed Grades 7th & 8th
June 22 - June 26
9 am - noon

Conservation

 

 

Summer Safari Scholarships are funded in part by Forest Hill Elementary in memory of Denise Bankovic.

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