With reservations, all out-of-state students are $11.95 each, and adult supervisors are admitted free. Regular parking fees apply. We request that you reserve your self-guided field trip online. At the conclusion of the process you will receive confirmation materials. Admission and parking fees will be required upon arrival at the zoo. If you do not make a reservation, regular zoo admission fees will apply to adult supervisors.

General Zoo Admission
Adults $16.95
Seniors 65 and Over $11.95
Children (3 to 11) $11.95
Members Free

Zoo admission is free on:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from January 1, through February 28.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 1, through December 31. Free admission is good only during normal zoo hours. Zoo admission fees apply to Holiday Magic.

Zoo Parking
Car/Van parking: $10.00*
Bus parking: $15.00*

*Cook County parking tax is included.

Atlantic bottlenose dolphins
Out of State School Groups
All self-guided field trip registrations will be taken through our NEW online process. We will help walk you through the registration process below. Please note:
  • Reservations must be made at least two months in advance for Spring (April-June) trips and two to three weeks in advance for other seasons.
  • Bring payment for parking; $15.00/bus, $10.00/car or van on the day of your trip.
  • Field trip times must be during Zoo hours; no early admissions or late stays allowed unless authorized by the Conservation Education and Training department.
  • Field trips are only accepted with at least 2 weeks notice.
  • After you have made your online reservation, please print out all of your confirmation and contract information, as this will be your only notification that you are registered.
  • Please have a copy of your confirmation and contract for EACH vehicle.
Confirmation and Your Contract
Your field-trip confirmation, zoo maps, and a contract for a school group visit will be delivered via email at the conclusion of the online reservation process. The contract establishes an agreement to the terms of your visit between the zoo and your school. Read it carefully, sign it, and bring it with the reservation confirmation on the day of your visit. Please have a copy for each vehicle.

Adult Supervisors (PreK-12)
School groups visiting the zoo MUST have proper adult supervision in a ratio of at least one adult for every 10 students.

Medical Release Form
Teachers and group supervisors are advised to carry emergency contact numbers and signed medical waiver for each child under 18 years old, allowing the teacher to give permission for medical treatment. For an example of a medical release form, click here.

Please note, there is no food storage and outside caterers are not permitted at Brookfield Zoo.

Now that you know...Let's get to the registration!
After you have read through all of the information on this page, its time to start the online registration process. First question: Is your group traveling to the zoo on school buses?

If you will be arriving on school buses;
Please enter a date range and hit submit to check field trip availability below:
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If you will not be arriving on school buses:
Please enter a date range and hit submit to check field trip availability below:
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