Self-Guided Field Trips

Self Guided Field Trips for Illinois School Groups have ended for the 2023-2024 School Year. This program will resume September 3, 2024, with registration opening Mid-August. For any trips before September 3, 2024 please visit our Group Sales page for discounted tickets.

Brookfield Zoo Chicago provides free general admission to qualified Illinois school groups between Labor Day and Memorial Day during Self-Guided Field Trips for both Students and Chaperones with an online reservation. Reservation link is at the bottom of this page.

This opportunity is intended to afford all children, chaperones, and teachers in a class or school an opportunity to enjoy the zoo as a group and to learn about and experience animals and nature in a beautiful park-like setting.

Make your online reservations early—space is limited. No reservations will be taken less than 10 business days prior to your requested Field Trip date. If you must cancel or change a reservation, refer to your confirmation email for instructions. Your confirmation email will also contain information about how to pay for parking and how to purchase additional attraction tickets.

• Open to Head Start, home school, public, and private Illinois school groups of 10 or more serving pre-kindergarten through college.
• Available dates are limited to weekdays only between Labor Day and Memorial Day, with some exclusions.
• Parking and attraction fees still apply and are payable in cash, credit, or check.
• By reserving a Self-Guided Field Trip, you agree to our code of conduct.​
• If you have any questions after reading our FAQ or watching our How do you Zoo? video, please contact us at

Review the chart below to see if your group qualifies for free or reduced general admission.


Resources and Opportunities for Teachers

Field Trip FAQ 

How do you Zoo? Pre-visit Guide

Field Trip Enrichment Sessions

LEarning Resources for Teachers 

Teaching safari Professional Development

Advanced Inquiry Master's Degree 

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