Field Trips

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Please download and print our 7 Step Trip Booking Instruction Guide to help guide you through our new online booking process.  Review our group type criteria and rates below.  Then decide on the date you would like to visit us.  Consider the bonus experiences and tickets you would like to add to your reservation.

Please download our Field Trip Guide for details about our facilities, activities and times.

Click here for our FAQ document that will assist with booking your reservation.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at groups@niabizoo.com!

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: $7.50 – All chaperones not pre-paid with your group booking will be admitted through general admission at the regular admission rates on the date of your visit. Online tickets can be purchased ahead of time for a cheaper rate than onsite. 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: $7.50 – 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 booked during the regular school year. For summer field trips, 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: $6.50

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

Chaperones: $7.50– All chaperones not pre-paid with your group booking will be admitted through general admission at the regular admission rates on the date of your visit. Online tickets can be purchased ahead of time at a cheaper rate than onsite. 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: $7.50 – 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 booked during the regular school year. For 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: 20 (this includes all paid admissions)

Cost:
Students: $6.50

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

Chaperones: $7.50 – All chaperones not pre-paid with your group booking will be admitted through general admission at the regular admission rates on the date of your visit. Online tickets can be purchased ahead of time at a cheaper rate than onsite. 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: $7.50 – 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: 20

Cost:

Participants: $1 off general admission

Students: $6.50

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

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 concession stand. 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, all groups must have a minimum of 20 participants.

Chaperones: It is highly recommended that field trip groups have one adult chaperone for every ten 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 chaperone) and a $12 parking fee per school bus (pricing varies if purchased onsite).

Pre-payment

Field trips must be pre-paid 1 week in advance (payments are non-refundable as tickets are good all season).

Educational Tours

Make your trip to the Zoo an educational experience! Learn how Niabi inspires conservation action while helping meet state education standards from pre-K to college level.

What you should know about educational tours:

  • Tours are approximately 30 minutes in length.
  • Cost is $5 per student and chaperone (teachers can attend at no cost).

Themed Tours include (but are not limited to):

Amazing 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. Featured Animals: Gibbons, Binturong, Bactrian Camel, Snow Leopard, Giraffes

African Safari –

Explore the great continent of Africa and learn about the unique characteristics of the diverse animals that call it home. Featured Animals: Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Ostrich, and Colobus Monkeys

Brilliant 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. Featured Animals: Meerkats, African Crested Porcupine, Crocodile Monitor Lizard, Fennec Fox, Reticulated Python, Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Cool 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 while viewing these impressive carnivores. Featured Animals: Snow Leopard, Bobcats, Amur Leopard, African Leopard, and Pallas Cats

Homey 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. Featured Habitats: Tropical Rainforest, Desert, Savannah/Grassland, and Temperate Forest

Radical 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! Featured Animals: Green Anaconda, Northern Caiman Lizard, Red-footed Tortoise, and Leaf-tailed Gecko

Spineless Wonders –

Are BUGS really animals? What about animals in the ocean without a backbone or spine? While many people typically only think of vertebrates as animals, invertebrates represent 97% of all animal life. Next time you think of an animal, consider that nearly all of the animals on Earth are spineless wonders. Featured Animals: Coconut Crab, Curly-haired Tarantula, Ghost Shrimp, Horseshoe Crab, Slipper Lobster, Tailless Whip Scorpion

Zoo Careers –

Find out about a variety of careers with animals, education requirements, experience needed and how to get it as well as the time, commitment, and dedication needed to work in a Zoo. Includes a presentation and a behind the scenes look at areas of the Zoo. Featured Career Paths: Zoo Keeper, Conservation Education, Animal Nutritionist, and Veterinary Services

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 222

Bonus Experiences

Enhance your field trip by adding on these special experiences.

Train | $3.75 online/$4.75 onsite per person (Ticket required for ages 1+).

Carousel |$3.50 online/$4.50 onsite 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 | $8 online/$9 onsite 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.

Guinea Pig experience | $5 online/$6 onsite per person (Ticket required for ages 1+)
Seasonal experience. Limit of 10 participants per 5 minutes.

Domestic animals feeding (UNAVAILABLE AT THIS TIME) $1 online/$2 onsite per bag
Feed bags can be picked up at Admissions or Gift Shop

Koi pond feeding |$1 online/$2 onsite per bag
Feed bags can be picked up at Admissions or Gift Shop

Group Booking Registration

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*Don’t forget to bring your face covering. They will still be required inside animal buildings and during any of the feedings (this also includes while standing in line to wait for a feeding).

        *Also, our concession stands are currently closed until further notice. However, you can bring in your own food and drinks. We ask that no glass or plastic straws are brought into the zoo due to animal safety.

 

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