EDUCATION

VISIT THE ZOO

EDUCATION

Plan Your Field Trip to John Ball Zoo!

Make learning come alive for your students with John Ball Zoo and our education programs. Our programs are designed using fun, hands-on and flexible teaching methods. Programs are developed for students ages 3 through adult.

No matter what grade your students are in, let us enhance your field trip with our grade-specific onsite educational programs.

Registration for Spring 2023 will open January 2.

ADMISSION

School Group Reservations

School groups that pre-register and pre-pay for a field trip at least two weeks in advance are eligible to receive our discounted student rate.* A separate reservation must be made for each visit. All paid students, teachers, and adult chaperones are issued a wristband for admission into the Zoo once payment is received. Wristbands will be mailed to your school. Please find a copy of our wristband policy below.

*These rates do not apply to daycare or day camps. For Discounted Admission Rates for Youth-Oriented Organizations please click here.

Discounted Admission for School Groups

School groups visiting from outside of Kent County receive a discounted student rate of $4 per student. All teachers, bus drivers, and 1 parent chaperone per every 5 students receive free admission. Additional chaperones beyond the 1:5 ratio will be charged the regular admission rate.

Kent County School Groups

Kent County school students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade receive FREE Zoo admission for school group visits, thanks to the 2016 millage! All teachers, bus drivers, and 1 parent chaperone per every 5 students receive free admission. Additional chaperones beyond the 1:5 ratio will be charged the regular admission rate.

Homeschool and Virtual Learning Groups

Groups of 25 or more homeschool/virtual learning students that pre-register and pre-pay for a field trip at least two weeks in advance are eligible to receive the discounted student rate. 1 parent chaperone per every 3 students receives free admission. Additional chaperones beyond the 1:3 ratio will be charged the regular admission rate.

ONSITE PROGRAMS

Add a Program to Your Visit!

Please direct any questions to education@jbzoo.org or call 616-336-4302.

Wild Encounter

Come visit John Ball Zoo and learn about wildlife with our Zoo Education Staff in an interactive live animal presentation. Bring animals to your classroom with a Travel Zoo!

Penguineering

Habitats come alive as students are immersed into the life of a penguin. Hands on activities bring to light what Magellanic penguins need in their habitat and how animals play an important role.

Zoo Careers

Working with wild animals can be exciting, rewarding, and sometimes even a little stinky! During this program, your class will get a sneak peek into what working for a zoo is really like.

Exhibit Design

Building exhibits at the Zoo is no small task. Engineering skills are put to the test as groups use an animal’s needs and adaptions to design and create 3D models of a new exhibit.

Core Education Topics

John Ball Zoo’s Wild Encounter, Zoo Explorer Tour and Traveling Zoo Programs are designed to teach the following science topics to your students. Other, more customized programs are also available upon request.

Zoo Explorer Tours please choose from topics marked with asterisks**

Preschool - Kindergarten

1st - 3rd Grade

4th Grade and Above