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GROUP RATES

GROUP RATES

Bring Your Flock to Visit the Zoo!

Interested in bringing your group to the Zoo? Groups of 25 or more are eligible for a discount when you pre-register and pre-pay for your group at least two weeks in advance to the date of your group visit. 

Please review the Group Rates document below for more information. If you are interested in moving forward with a group visit, please fill out the registration form below. For more information, please email [email protected] or by calling 616.336.4300

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GROUP RATES

Group Admission Options

Lantern Group Admission

Interested in bringing your group to the hottest event of the year? Groups of 25 or more are eligible for discounted group admission to this one-of-a-kind event. Rental spaces also available to host your group.

Wed. - Thurs. Ticket Level Price
SILVER LEVEL (25-249 Tickets) $17.00 per person
GOLD LEVEL (250-999 Tickets) $16.00 per person
PLATINUM LEVEL (1000+ Tickets) $15.00 per person
Fri. - Sun. Ticket Level Price
SILVER LEVEL (25-249 Tickets) $18.00 per person
GOLD LEVEL (250-999 Tickets) $17.00 per person
PLATINUM LEVEL (1000+ Tickets) $16.00 per person

Specific Day Admission

Receive greater savings when you choose the day you plan to visit. Your Sales Coordinator can help customize your Zoo adventure! This option allows your group to visit all on the same day with tickets printed just for your group.

Ticket Level Mar. 22 - May 10 May 11 - Sep. 29 Sep. 30 - Nov. 17
SILVER LEVEL (25-249 Tickets) Adult - $14.00 Youth - $13.00 Adult - $18.00 Youth - $15.00 Adult - $14.00 Youth - $13.00
GOLD LEVEL (250-999 Tickets) Adult - $13.00 Youth - $12.00 Adult - $17.00 Youth - $14.00 Adult - $13.00 Youth - $12.00
PLATINUM LEVEL (1000+ Tickets) Adult - $12.00 Youth - $11.00 Adult - $16.00 Youth - $13.00 Adult - $12.00 Youth - $11.00

Good Any Day Tickets

Our most flexible option! Buy your oneday discounted admission ticket and visit any day you choose during the season! This options allows vouchers to be distributed to your group and they can then redeem on a day that works best for them during the season.

Ticket Level Price
SILVER LEVEL (25-249 Tickets) Adult - $19.00 Youth - $16.00
GOLD LEVEL (250-999 Tickets) Adult - $18.00 Youth - $15.00
PLATINUM LEVEL (1000+ Tickets) Adult - $17.00 Youth - $14.00
GROUP RATES

Group Admission Options

Specific Day Tickets

Receive greater savings when you choose the day you plan to visit. Your Sales Coordinator can help customize your Zoo adventure! This option allows your group to visit all on the same day with tickets printed just for your group.

March 26 - May 6

Ticket Level Price
SILVER LEVEL (25-249 Tickets) Adult - $12.00 Youth - $11.00
GOLD LEVEL (250-999 Tickets) Adult - $11.00 Youth - $10.00
PLATINUM LEVEL (1000+ Tickets) Adult - $10.00 Youth - $9.00

May 7 - September 25

Ticket Level Price
SILVER LEVEL (25-249 Tickets) Adult - $16.00 Youth - $13.00
GOLD LEVEL (250-999 Tickets) Adult - $15.00 Youth - $12.00
PLATINUM LEVEL (1000+ Tickets) Adult - $14.00 Youth - $11.00

Sept. 26 - November 20

Ticket Level Price
SILVER LEVEL (25-249 Tickets) Adult - $12.00 Youth - $11.00
GOLD LEVEL (250-999 Tickets) Adult - $11.00 Youth - $10.00
PLATINUM LEVEL (1000+ Tickets) Adult - $10.00 Youth - $9.00

Good Any Day Tickets

Our most flexible option! Buy your oneday discounted admission ticket and visit any day you choose during the season! This options allows vouchers to be distributed to your group and they can then redeem on a day that works best for them during the season.

Ticket Level Price
SILVER LEVEL (25-249 Tickets) Adult - $17.00 Youth - $14.00
GOLD LEVEL (250-999 Tickets) Adult - $16.00 Youth - $13.00
PLATINUM LEVEL (1000+ Tickets) Adult - $15.00 Youth - $12.00
GROUP RATES

Established Youth Oriented Organizations

Groups who wish to visit the Zoo from an Established Youth Oriented Organization can purchase discounted admission when they pre-register for a field trip and pre-pay at least two weeks in advance. Some examples of these groups included: day camp programs, learning centers, established childcare centers, and more. Please review the EYO Group Rates document below for more information. If you are interested in moving forward with a group visit, please fill out the registration form below.

EY0 Group Rates

Groups of 20 or more children from an established youth oriented organization can now book a 2022 field trip at John Ball Zoo for a discounted rate!

SEASON PRICE
Discount Season | March 22 - May 10 $14 Per Adult $9 Per Youth / Senior
Peak Season | May 11 - Sep. 29 $18 Per Adult $12 Per Youth / Senior
Discount Season | Sep. 30 - Nov. 24 $14 Per Adult $9 Per Youth / Senior

Field Trip Add On Menu

To add on any of these amazing deals to your field trip, please contact us at 616.336.4300 or [email protected]

Activity Description Price
Funicular Take a scenic ride on one of the only funiculars in the United States! $3.00 Per Ticket
Pay Dirt Bag Pan for your own gems at our John Ball Zoo Gem Company! $5.00 Per Bag
Camel Rides Come hang out with these funloving animals and take a ride around. $7.00 Per Ticket
Sky Trail Ropes Course Four stories tall, two climbing levels, and over 15 obstacles ranging in difficulty, this Ropes Course gives you a chance to test your courage and strength and it’s downright fun! $8.00 Per Ticket
Zip Line Riders will be thrilled as they zip across our 600 foot, 4 story high Zip Line! $8.00 Per Ticket
Sky Trail Ropes Course and Zip Line Combo Two Activities In One! $12.80 Per Ticket
Zoo Gift Cards Cash cards to spend in the Zoo on Food or Beverages, Experiences or at the Gifts of the Wild Gift Shop! Increments of $1.00
Activity Price
Funicular: Take a scenic ride on one of the only funiculars in the United States! $3.00 Per Ticket
Pay Dirt Bag: Pan for your own gems at our John Ball Zoo Gem Company! $5.00 Per Bag
Camel Rides: Come hang out with these funloving animals and take a ride around. $7.00 Per Ticket
Sky Trail Ropes Course: Four stories tall, two climbing levels, and over 15 obstacles ranging in difficulty, this Ropes Course gives you a chance to test your courage and strength and it’s downright fun! $8.00 Per Ticket
Zip Line: Riders will be thrilled as they zip across our 600 foot, 4 story high Zip Line! $8.00 Per Ticket
Sky Trail Ropes Course and Zip Line Combo $12.80 Per Ticket
Zoo Cash Cards: Cash cards to spend in the Zoo on Food or Beverages, Experiences or at the Gifts of the Wild Gift Shop! Increments of $1.00
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School Groups

Schools receive a special discounted rate during the traditional school year. Thanks to the passing of the Zoo and Museum Millage Kent County Schools receive free admission during school group visits.

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 adult 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 adult 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 adult admission rate.

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Picnic Reservations

Reserved picnic areas are available. You can check availability and reserve one of the 7 different picnic areas in John Ball Zoo through our web store. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

If you have additional questions, please inquire at [email protected] or call 616-336-4301 ext 4001

Picnic Acre and Entry Valley

Hilltop Pavilion

Fulton View

Pond Pavilion

The Grove

Valley View West

Valley View East

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Reserve a Space for Your Picnic or Event

Park reservations can be made for May 1st through October 15th. All reservations must be made at least two weeks ahead of your desired date. 

Reservations can start as early as 9:00am but please specify the start and end time details for your event/reservation during the online reservation process.

Please note, reservations for Picnic Acre require a park event permit to be completed. If you are interested in this area, please inquire about availability at [email protected]. or call 616-336-4301 Ext 4001.

  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the John Ball Zoo or Park without prior approval.
  • No animal rides are allowed.
  • No balloons of any kind are not permitted in park or zoo.
  • The sale of merchandise or operation of merchandise or food concessions must be reviewed and approved by the CEO or his/her designee. This includes dunk tanks.
  • Inflatable equipment (space walks, bounce houses, slides, etc.) are not permitted withour prior approval.
  • No gambling or gambling devices are allowed.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times in the Park.
  • No hunting or trapping.
  • No disruptive behavior or drunkenness.
  • No posting of signs unless prior approval.
  • Fires are only permitted in grills for cooking.
  • Parking in designated spaces only.  NO PARKING along roads or on grass.
  • Renter must possess a copy of the reservation confirmation and liability insurance (if applicable) at the event for which the permit is being issued.
  • All rentals are held rain or shine. No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather.
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Overnight Adventures - Postponed Until Further Notice

See the zoo in a new light and have a fun-filled, nocturnal learning adventure! Come to the zoo after hours and enjoy a variety of activities – get an up-close look at an animal demonstration, enjoy hands-on activities, visit nocturnal animals that are usually sleeping during the daylight hours and even make a little something for the animals to eat the following morning. Pack up your sleeping bags and camp out in the Chimp Day Room. We offer a variety of Overnight Adventure programs for scout or community groups or individual family groups.

Scouts/Groups/School Overnights begin at 5:30pm and end at 9:30am the following morning. 

Minimum fee of $500 for up to 12 people, each additional person is $45 (includes bedtime snack, breakfast, souvenir and admission to the zoo following the overnight). There is a maximum of 40 people, including chaperones. One adult chaperone is required for every 5 students. Sorry, children under 5 are not allowed.

Please contact the Education Department at 616-336-4302 for more information or to register your group. 

Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and a $100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your date upon registration. The complete payment and registration materials will be due 2 weeks prior to the overnight. 

In conjunction with our Zoo Camp day programs we also offer overnight adventures to individual youth in grades 3-8. These programs are typically on Friday or Saturday nights throughout the summer, one weekend night over Spring Break and a few weekend nights in the fall. The evening starts at 5:30pm and ends at 9:30am the following morning. Enjoy activities including games, keeper talks, night tours, live animal demonstrations and more. Evening snack and breakfast are included. Two adults supervise a group of up to 16 students for each program.

Work on earning a badge while on an Overnight Adventure. Choose from one of the following badges or work with the Overnight Instructor on customizing your overnight experience. 

  • General – Nocturnal Theme used for any age group
  • Brownies – Hiker – Senses
  • Junior – Animal Habitats
  • Cadette – Animal Helpers – Night Owl
  • Senior – Voice for Animals

Bring your friends to spend the night at the zoo for a birthday sleepover you will not forget! Recommended for children ages 7 and up. The additional $60 Birthday Party overnight fee includes cupcakes and fruit drinks for all participants and a special birthday gift for the birthday child.

Looking for a field trip your students won’t soon forget? Head over to the zoo for an overnight. We can easily accommodate one classroom of students in our facility. Work with the overnight instructor to plan your activities around curriculum you study in the classroom.

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Great Lakes Rare Turtles

Great Lakes Conservation
About

Turtles are in trouble around the world and locally. The Great Lakes Rare Turtle Program addresses on threats that are existential and widespread for Blanding’s, Spotted, Wood, and Box Turtles. The John Ball Zoo is working wth partners to study head starting as a conservation tool, protecting nesting habitat for Wood Turtles from raccoons, and researching the distribution and status of Spotted Turtles in Southwest Michigan. The zoo partners with local community scientists to indentify road crossings that pose a threat to Blanding’s and other species of turtles.

Partners

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Facts
Habitat

Grassland, Wetlands (inland)

Threat Range

Critically Endangered

Region

Extant (resident) - Canada (Manitoba); United States (Wisconsin, Michigan), Possibly Extinct - United States (South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa), Extinct - United States (Indiana, Illinois)

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Mitchell's Satyr

Great Lakes Conservation
About

The prairie fens of southern Michigan are a stronghold for the Endangered Mitchell’s Satyr butterfly. We are working with Michigan State University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, and the Kalamazoo Nature Center to develp to propagate this rare butterfly. Offspring reared in the program may be used to supplement wild Mitchell’s Satyr populations.

Partners

Freshwater Mussels

Great Lakes Conservation
About

Freshwater Mussels are one of the most fastenating groups of animals. Unfortunately they are also one of the most imperiled groups on animals with more than 70% of North American species listed as Threatened or Endangered. Our own Grand River is home to an impressive 32 different species, 19 of which are listed. The John Ball Zoo is working with scientists at Grand Valley State University to evaluate Grand River Mussel populations. During the 2023 field season, the team documented over 1,000 individuals from 27 different species. This includes the Endangered Snuffbox Mussel.

Partners

Habitat Hero

Community Science
About

The Habitat Hero program is focused on creating better urban pollinator habitat by giving away native plants to west Michigan community members. By giving away native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, we are inviting community members to provide crucial nectar sources for pollinators as well as become more involved in pollinator conservation in their own yards and gardens.

Partners

Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring

Community Science
About

American Kestrels are one of North America’s most abundant raptors, but their populations have been steadily declining since the mid 1960’s. This year we have begun participating in the American Kestrel Partnership, run by the Peregrine Fund, to monitor local kestrel nest boxes and help better understand Kestrel population trends and biology.

Partners

Grand River Sucker Monitoring

Community Science
About

Suckers are a very important, and often overlooked, group of migratory fish that inhabit the Grand River. Every spring they migrate upriver from Lake Michigan to spawn in tributaries of the Grand River. We are joining a project started by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to determine how changes in temperature and flow of the streams impact the spawning behavior of the suckers.

Partners

Turtle Road Mortality Surveys

Community Science
About

One of the major threats to turtle populations is mortality associated with roads and vehicles. We have a team of trained volunteers who survey predetermined road crossing sites and report the number of turtles they find at these locations. We plan to use the data to assist in conservation decision-making regarding roads and turtles in west Michigan.

Partners

Michigan Butterfly Network

Community Science
About

As part of our pollinator conservation work, we want to understand how native butterfly populations are changing over time. By training community members to use the Michigan Butterfly Network monitoring protocol, we are offering passionate people the opportunity to help contribute to our understanding of butterfly populations in west Michigan.

Partners

Bat Surveys

Community Science
About

West Michigan is home to several species of rare and threatened species of bats. This summer we will have a group of volunteers collecting bat occurrence data by driving predetermined routes and using special recorders and software to identify bat species. The data will be submitted to the North American Bat Monitoring Project as part of their ongoing analysis of bat abundance and occupancy across North America.

Partners

Massasauga Rattlesnake

Great Lakes Conservation
About

The Massasauga is Michigan’s only venomous snake and plays an important role in the ecosystem. Unfortunately, these snakes are declining in numbers and are listed as Threatened. The John Ball Zoo helps to educate the public on the plight of the Massasauga and helps conservation biologists study them in the field. Currently, we are assisting Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Grand Valley State University, and Sarett Nature Center develop new technologies to monitor this secretive snake species.

Partners

City Nature Challenge

Community Science
About

The City Nature Challenge is one of the world’s largest annual community science events. Started by iNaturalist in 2016 as a friendly competition between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, this bioblitz has grown into a global phenomenon with over 500 cities participating. Taking place over the last weekend in April each year, the City Nature Challenge is all about getting outside and documenting the biodiversity in and around our communities while building and strengthening relationships with other people who are passionate about conserving local species. The West Michigan City Nature Challenge is Michigan’s only City Nature Challenge event, and encompasses Allegan, Barry, Kent and Ottawa Counties. We are excited to partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and many other local organizations to engage our communities in four days of exploring our biodiverse outdoor spaces.

Partners

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Freshwater Mussels

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Habitat Hero

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Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring

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Grand River Sucker Monitoring

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Turtle Road Mortality Surveys

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Michigan Butterfly Network

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Bat Surveys

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