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Field Trips

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  1. Review our group type criteria and rates below. Then decide on the date or dates you would like to visit us. Consider the bonus experiences and tickets you would like to add to reservation.
  2. Click the link at the bottom of the page to be directed to our Group Booking Portal.
  3. Click “Login” for both new and returning patrons. If you are signing up for the first time please click the link for new patrons. You will be prompted to create your account. There is a onetime validation step for new accounts, be prepared to stop here until your group type is validated by our staff. This will ensure that you see the correct rates and dates available to your group the next time you sign-in. If you need immediate validation during zoo business hours please call 309-799-3482 ext. 239 or email groups@niabizoo.com. If you are a returning customer you may log in and make adjustments to your reservation under the “my account” tab or search our calendar to book your visit. If you are not able to proceed past entering your headcount your account is not yet validated.
  4. Once you have finished making your selections and have completed your transaction you will receive an invoice via email to the address associated with your account. If you did not make your payment in full at the time of check-out please note that payment in full will be required 2 weeks before your visit date. Payments are made online and can be made in increments if needed.
  5. Please contact us to arrange ticket pick-up once your invoice is paid in full otherwise your tickets will be waiting for you at the time of your arrival.

NOTES:
If your group has guests that will be using passes or a member to enter the zoo will be admitted through of general admission gates and may join your once inside the zoo. They may also request a hand stamp to return to your group in the plaza if you have not entered yet.

Group rates are not available for walk-in customers.

Regular parking rates are applicable to all guests please notify group members who will be joining you in their personal vehicles if your group does not intend to purchase parking with your reservation ($4.00 per vehicle for the 2020 season).

What type of group are you?

Please review the following categories and enter your correct group type into the form below.

Illinois school

Public or private state K-12 institution, head start program, or accredited preschool associated with an Illinois school.

Participation minimum: 20 (this includes all paid admissions)

Cost:
Students: No charge – admission waived courtesy of the (70 ILCS 805/) Downstate Forest Preserve District Act

Teachers: No charge for the first teacher – one complimentary teacher admission per individual class or section.

Chaperones: $6.50 – All chaperones not pre-paid with your group booking will be admitted through general admission at the usual admission rates on the date of your visit. Please note that we require one chaperone per 10 students regardless of age level or grade. Chaperones must remain with their group at all times.

Bus Drivers: $6.50 – please note admission is required for bus drivers who intend to enter the zoo during your visit.

Aides and Assistants: no charge – One complimentary chaperone admission will be issued per paid or registered student admission for students with Individualized Education Plans or similar accommodations.

Rates apply for weekday field trips taken during August 5th- June 5th annually. For weekend or summer field trip please see Youth Group cost.

Iowa school Group

Public or private K-12 non-Illinois school, head start program, or preschool associated with an accredited non-Illinois school.

Participation minimum: 20 (this includes all paid admissions)

Cost:
Students: $5

Teachers: No charge for the first teacher – one complimentary teacher admission per individual class or section.

Chaperones: $6.50– All chaperones not pre-paid with your group booking will be admitted through general admission at the usual admission rates on the date of your visit. Please note that we require one chaperone per 10 students regardless of age level or grade. Chaperones must remain with their group at all times.

Bus Drivers: $6.50 – please note admission is required for bus drivers who intend to enter the zoo during your visit.

Aides and Assistants: no charge – One complimentary chaperone admission will be issued per paid or registered student admission for students with Individualized Education Plans or similar accommodations.

Rates apply for weekday field trips taken during August 5th-June 5th annually. For weekend or summer field trips please see Youth Group cost.

Youth group

Private Preschools (not affiliated with a school district), home-school groups, daycares, scout groups, or other youth group types.

Participation minimum: 15 (this includes all paid admissions)

Cost:
Students: $5

Group Leaders: No charge for the first group leader – one complimentary chaperone admission per group.

Chaperones: $6.50 – All chaperones not pre-paid with your group booking will be admitted through general admission at the usual admission rates on the date of your visit. Please note that we require one chaperone per 10 students regardless of age level or grade. Chaperones must remain with their group at all times.

Bus Drivers: $6.50 – please note admission is required for bus drivers who intend to enter the zoo during your visit.

Aides and Assistants: no charge – One complimentary chaperone admission will be issued per paid or registered student admission for students with Individualized Education Plans or similar accommodations.

Adult group

University, college, corporate groups, living facilities, and all other groups.

Participation minimum: 15 (this includes all paid admissions)

Cost:
Students: $5

Group Leaders: no charge for the first group leader – one complimentary chaperone admission per group.

Participants: $6.50

Aides and Assistants: no charge – One complimentary admission will be issued per paid participant admission for Individuals who identify as disabled and whom require an aide or assistant.

Additional items

Enhance your visit and make more memories!

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 $4 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 Group Bookings staff to pre-purchase your trip at 309-799-3482 ext 239.

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 239.

Bonus Experiences

Enhance your field trip by adding on these special experiences.

Train | $3.75 per person (Ticket required for ages 1+).

Carousel |$3.50 per person (Ticket required for ages 1+. If a parent must get on to stand by the child for safety purposes, that adult does not need a ticket).

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

Parakeet feeding | $3 per person (Ticket required for ages 1+)
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.

Group Booking Registration

Register for a Niabi Zoo Field Trip

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