Field Trips

Get started planning here

  1. Determine what type of group you are.
  2. Determine your field trip educational tours and bonus experiences.
  3. Complete the field trip registration form below and submit two weeks in advance.
  4. Field trips must be pre-paid with cash, check or credit card. Contact us to pre-purchase your trip at 309-799-3482 ext 225.

What type of group are you?

On the field trip form, you will be asked to select your group type using the following categories.

Illinois school

Public or private state school, head start or preschool associated with an Illinois school. At least 20 participants.

Cost:
Students: No charge
Teachers: No charge
Chaperones: $6.50

Rates apply for weekday field trips taken during the school year. For weekend or summer field trip please see Youth Group cost.

Out-of-state school

Public or private non-Illinois school, head start or preschool associated with an out-of-state school.  At least 20 participants.

Cost:
Students: $5
Teachers: No charge
Chaperones: $6.50

Rates apply for weekday field trips taken during the school year. For weekend or summer field trips please see Youth Group cost.

Youth group

Private preschool (not affiliated with a school district), home-school group, daycare, camp, scout group, or other youth group. At least 15 participants.

Cost:
Students: $5
Teachers: No charge
Chaperones: $6.50

Additional items

Additional information to help as you plan your field trip.

A few things to know

Food

Field trip groups are allowed to bring your own lunch or enjoy food from our two concession stands. For the safety of the animals, there are no straws allowed in the zoo. If you plan on having a picnic lunch, you can eat around The Treehouse Snack Shack at the picnic tables and grass (near the playground!), or on the Festival Lawn.

Participant number

To receive a group discount, school groups must have a minimum of 20 participants. Youth groups must have a minimum of 15 participants.

Chaperones: It is highly recommended that field trip groups have one adult chaperone for every five students. Chaperones must stay with the children they are supervising at all times.

Bus drivers

Drivers are welcome to come into the Zoo at the Chaperone admission rate.

Additional Guests

Any additional adults (non-chaperone) and siblings will be charged the full admission price.

Parking Fee

There is a $3 parking fee per vehicle (including chaperons) and a $12 parking fee per school bus.

Pre-payment

Field trips must be pre-paid (payments are non-refundable as tickets are good all season). Contact our education staff to pre-purchase your trip at 309-799-3482 ext 225.

Educational Tours

Take an Educational Tour!

Learn how Niabi inspires conservation action while helping meet state education standards from pre-K to the college level.

What you should know about educational tours:

  • Tours run from 20-30 mins.
  • Cost is $4 per student and chaperone (teachers can attend at no cost).

Program topics include (but are not limited to):

Adaptations

From prehensile tails to swinging hands and how to survive in desert sands, we’ll take a closer look at the special characteristics that help animals survive.

Africa

See our giraffes, zebras, ostrich, lions and colobus monkeys as we explore the animals from Africa.

Biodiversity

Meaning the variety of life, explore Biodiversity Hall and its wide variety of species to help understand why biodiversity is so important to the survival of life on Earth.

Big Cats

Have you ever seen a lion’s skull? How sharp is a leopard’s claw? How far can a snow leopard leap? In this program your group will learn what it takes to survive at the top of the food chain.

Habitats

Which animals live where? What about their environment best suits particular animals? Join us as we look at animals from around the world, the different habitats they call home and how everything is connected.

Reptiles

Discover the ancient world of reptiles and what makes them unique. See our Reptile House and learn about the characteristics that make reptiles so fascinating!

Zoo Careers

Learn what it takes to professionally work with animals.

NOTE: All programs can be tailored to any age group.

Don’t see what you want? We can custom design a tour for you! Just give us a call with questions, 309-799-3482 ext 225.

Bonus Experiences

Enhance your field trip by adding on these special experiences.

Train | $3.75 per person

Carousel |$3.50 per person

Giraffe feeding | $5 per person
Group should arrive at feeding platform 10 min. prior to start time 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Parakeet feeding | $3 per person
Seasonal experience. Limit of 10 participants in Australian Aviary per 5 minutes.

Domestic animals feeding $0.50 per
Feed only available on-site from coin dispenser, quarters only.

Koi pond feeding $0.50 per
Feed only available on-site from coin dispenser, quarters only.

Field Trip form

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  • Depart by 5:00 p.m.
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  • Arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
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  • Arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
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  • Field Trip Additions

  • $4.00/student, chaperone (teachers are exempt)
  • $3.75 per person
  • $3.50 per person
  • $5 per person. Group should arrive at feeding platform 10 min. prior to start time (11am or 2pm).
  • $3 per person. Limit of 10 participants in Australia Aviary per 5 minutes.
  • $3 per chaperone vehicle - pre-paid by group.
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