Plan a field trip to the memphis zoo

Call 901.333.6576 to register.

Field Trips

Bring your class to the Zoo for a fun day of educational adventures!
Click here to download the 2015 Field Trip Guide. Please call 901.333.6576 to register your school group. 

What Qualifies as a School Group?

A limited number of school group admissions are available on a first-come, first-served basis Mondays through Fridays to schools registered with their state Board of Education.

It is recommended that all school groups be reserved in advance. School group rates are only available when Shelby County Schools are in session.

To qualify for school rates you must:

  • Have a minimum of 15 students.
  • Have a minimum of one adult chaperone per every 10 students.
  • Make reservations and payments for your trip in advance.

Qualify for the school rate? Call (901) 333-6576 to register and buy tickets at the group rate. You can also submit an online inquiry about your next field trip. For more information, email us at

Price Summary

School Group Rate $5 per student (One free teacher/chaperone per 10 students, additional $5 each)
Add a Zoo Class Standard Pricing Dissection Pricing

$3 per student $7 per student

Add a Sack Lunch $4.50 per student. Please note that price does not include 9.25% sales tax.
Bus Parking Free on-site parking
Car Parking $5 per car


  1. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, credit card or a school check (made payable to the Memphis Zoo).
  2. Payment must be received two weeks in advance of your trip.
  3. Everyone MUST enter the Zoo at one time.
  4. Individuals arriving later than their group will be charged full admission.

Zoo Classes

Experience learning at the Memphis Zoo. Enrich your field trip with a fun and educational zoo class.
  1. Classes last 30-60 minutes 
  2. Pricing starts at $3 per student (in addition to $5 gate admission). Dissection classes start at $7.
  3. Classes are at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  4. A minimum of 15 paying attendees is required
  5. Zoo classes can be customized to fit your class needs, for an additional fee.
  6. No-shows or cancellations for most classes with less than 24 hours notice are subject to all class fees. Dissections require a two-week cancellation notice in order to avoid payment.
  7. Click here for a full list of Zoo Classes.

Zoo Packs

Parents, your child will soon be visiting the Memphis Zoo! The Zoo’s gift shops have a selection of exciting and educational items that enable your child to bring the Zoo experience home. Download our helpful Field Trip Planning guide for more information on how you can make the most of your child's zoo visit.

Lunch Plans

Option 1: The most convenient meal option is to order your lunches from the Zoo’s very own Cat House Café. Our Small Kids Lunch is $4.95 per student (plus 9.25% sales tax); each child will receive a healthy bag lunch that meets USDA School Lunch Requirements: Choice of Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese or Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Baked Cheetos® Carrot Snacks 100% Pure Juice Cup. Our Big Kids Lunch is $7.95 and has a Hoagie sandwich, Lays Potato Chips, carrots and bottled water. Please call at least two weeks in advance to order your lunches from the Cat House Café. You’ll need to provide your school’s tax I.D. number to waive the sales tax on your order. Call the Cat House Café at 901.333.6786.

Option 2: Picnic lunches are welcome in the Zoo. Please follow these rules when bringing in your lunches:Groups may eat lunch in outdoor picnic areas only (please see map on the back of this guide for locations).The Zoo does not have facilities on grounds to store coolers.

Option 3: If you prefer a catered picnic lunch in our pavilion, please contact Events at 901.333.6571. Minimum of 65 for catered picnic lunch.

Other Groups

Groups of 20 or more will receive a 20% discount on the price of general admission tickets. *Group rates cannot be paid individually. They must be paid with one transaction for the whole group.


Call 901.333.6576 to book your field trip to the Memphis Zoo. Or, email with questions.

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Field Trip Inquiry Form 

Please complete the following inquiry form, and a representative from our reservation department will contact you about scheduling your field trip.

THIS IS NOT A FORMAL REGISTRATION. IT IS AN INQUIRY FOR AVAILABILITY. To register your field trip, please call our reservation hotline at 901.333.6576. Thank you. 

Your trip will not be confirmed until you have received written or verbal communication from the Zoo.

Please note that classes are available. If you would like to attend a class, please see more information and descriptions of the classes listed below.

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