Self-Guided Field Trips: School Groups

Explore the Zoo on your own at a discounted group rate! Add to the educational experience by using our standards-based curriculum guides and grade-specific activities at the Zoo before and after your visit. 

Groups must select a timed entry slot at the time of reservation to assist in limiting the number of guests who are inside the Zoo at any given time. No walk-up groups will be admitted. 

Book a self-guided field trip

For only $5 more to your educational group admission, enhance your field trip to the Zoo by signing-up for a Zoo Challenge program led by Zoo Atlanta Educators. 

Learn more about instructor-led field trips

Available daily year-round

Timed entry slots available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

$12.99 per student

One chaperone per 10 students is admitted free; additional chaperones pay student price. Additional tickets cannot be purchased on the day of the program. 


  • Reservations must be made at least 14 daysprior to the date of your visit to receive the discounted school admission rate of $12.99. 
  • No walk-up groups will be admitted. 
  • You will receive one FREE adult chaperone ticket per every 10 students when you pre-register. Additional adults pay the same rate as students.  
  • Minimum group size of 10 students is required to receive the discounted admission rate. No maximum. 


  • Payment is due at least 14 days prior to the date of your visit. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled if payment is not received. 
  • Refunds will not be given for any unused portion of your reservation. 
  • Payments are not accepted at the gate for the $12.99 Educational Group Rate. 


  • Cancellations 7 days before the scheduled visit will receive a full refund. 
  • Rescheduling of an existing reservation date or time slot must be made at least 7 days before your scheduled visit. 
  • Educational Groups will not receive refunds for rain. For instances of severe inclement weather, please contact Education Reservations at 404.624.5822. 


  • You can pre-order your lunch! For just $8.50 per person + tax, your group can order your choice of pizza or sandwich, whole fruit, cookie and a drink! Please complete the order form and submit via email to or by phone at 404.624.5995. Orders must be placed 14 days prior to your visit. 
  • Group lunch storage is available in the Zoo at The Lunch Den, Monday through Friday, year-round near Treetop Trail. Lunches must be in labeled cooler/container.


  • Bus drivers are permitted to drop off their groups in the turnaround circle in the Cherokee Avenue parking lot. See our map for further details.
  • Bus parking is not available in the City of Atlanta public parking lots on Cherokee Avenue and Boulevard. As such, we recommend that buses park on the street. While buses are parked, please consider shutting off engines to promote a healthy environment for our neighbors.
  • Car parking is conveniently located in the lot on Cherokee Avenue and in the new Grant Park Gateway parking facility on Boulevard. Rates will be $3 an hour for a maximum of $12 a day.

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