Teachers & Schools

San Antonio Zoo is one of the finest outdoor learning environments in South Texas! A zoo visit could be just what your class needs to spark interest in science and observational learning.  From characteristics of species, to adaptations for survival, to the wonders of nature, San Antonio Zoo is the perfect classroom to introduce or reinforce your TEKS curriculum!
San Antonio Zoo offers a special school group admission price for students, teachers, bus drivers, and adult chaperones of qualifying groups. Upon arrival at San Antonio Zoo, please tell the cashier the name of your school. 

Please contact the Education Center at (210) 734-7184 ext. 1501, to reschedule your visit, make payments, update your information or adjust your participant numbers. Registering online for another field trip will result in duplicate reservations.

Safari School Days

Available* November 17 - December 15, 2017
*Tuesdays - Fridays Only

Cost: $5 per person
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Exclusive Zoo Access from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Advance registration required | Advance payment recommended 

Visit the zoo before it opens! Starting at 9:30 a.m. students and chaperones will have the opportunity to explore* the zoo before it opens to the general public at 12:00 p.m. Educational stations will be scattered throughout the zoo just you, giving your class the exclusive opportunity to interact with and engage in fun activities and learn how they can help secure a future for wildlife. School groups are welcome to stay the remainder of the day and enjoy all the amenities the zoo has to offer.

*Some zoo experiences will not be open until 12:00 p.m. including: concession stands, restaurants, gift shops, Fun Farm, Lory Landing, Butterflies, Zoo Train, Carousel and Giraffe Feeding.

School Group Visits November 17 - December 15, 2017: $5.00/person VIEW DATES/REGISTER


Self-Guided Tour

School group field trips are available year round. Groups qualifying for school admission rates include public, private, religious and home school groups, daycares, pre-schools, and after-school programs, YMCA, Head Start, colleges, and PCI.

Discounted School Group Rates are available only for school field trips that register
      -Payment options include credit card or school/district check.
      -Purchase orders will not be accepted.

School Group Visits Now - November 16, 2017: $5.00/person VIEW DATES/REGISTER

School Group Visits November 17 - December 15, 2017: $5.00/person (Reference Safari School Days above)

School Group Visits December 16 - December 30, 2017: School rates not available (Zoo opens at 12:00 p.m.)

School Group Visits January 2 - February 28, 2018: $5.00/person  VIEW DATES/REGISTER

School Group Visits March 1 - June 1, 2018: $9.50/person VIEW DATES/REGISTER

Title 1 Funding

Applications are now closed for the 2017-2018 school year. Please check back for more information on the 2018-2019 school year.

Through generous funding from various community foundations, the zoo is able to provide grants to a limited number of Title 1 schools to visit the San Antonio Zoo. CLICK HERE for detailed information and eligability criteria.


Available* Monday - Saturday
*Not available November 17 – December 30

Cost: $12 per person
Time: 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Groups of 15 or more

One person must pay for the entire group; includes zoo admission

Looking for an interactive, TEKS-aligned classroom program for your next zoo visit? The Real.Wild.Classroom. program includes a themed program with an animal presentation, biofacts, and guided tour. This 1.5-hour program is appropriate for all grade levels but must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

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Exclusive Career Chat Upgrade*
Additional $10 per person

High School and College level classes have the opportunity to upgrade their experience by substituting the zoo tour with an exclusive Career Chat with one of our zoo professionals from a department of their choice. A professional from our Animal Care, Conservation, Horticulture or Marketing departments will make a special appearance to give your class a sneek peak into their daily activites. For more information, contact: or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1501.

*Career Chat upgrade is an additional $10 per person and must be booked at least three weeks in advance. 

School Overnights

Avaivable any day
Cost: $45 per person
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 am
Groups of 20 or more

Grab your sleeping bag and bring your classroom to the Zoo!  Overnight programs include small animal presentations, fun activities, flashlight tours, and more. An evening snack and continental breakfast are included, as well as admission to the Zoo the following morning. For more information, contact: or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1501.


The DEEPEND Consortium is a team of scientists that studies the deep-pelagic region of Gulf of Mexico to learn about the animals and their environment. DEEPEND's studies give us baseline information that helps us realize the impacts from natural and human-caused disturbances.  Dante Fenolio, the San Antonio Zoo's Director of Conservation, is taking part in this study.