Guests with special needs are welcome. Please contact the education department for more information.
* Rates are subject to change without notice.
All funds allocated for the 2016-2017 academic year have been distributed. No additional requests will be accepted.
This program is to help Title 1 public schools within Sedgwick County visit the Zoo. The program will offer reimbursement of up to $400 per bus to schools for field trip transportation costs.
To receive this funding, Sedgwick County Title 1 public schools need to complete the following steps:
Registration for transportation reimbursements will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Title 1 schools may ask for more than one reimbursement in the school year. All requests for reimbursement for trips during the 2016-2017 academic year must be made by June 15, 2017; late requests will not be honored.
Transportation reimbursement is not available for the Meritrust Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration or Fifth Grade Fire Prevention Day.
Interested Title 1 schools should call the Cargill Learning Center at 316.266.8213 for more information or to register.
Investigation Stations April & May
Investigation Stations may be scheduled as part of your April or May field trip to the Sedgwick County Zoo on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday* at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30 a.m. Investigation Stations allow your students to interact, investigate, and explore; they are in line with the new Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards for Science. There is a maximum of one classroom per 20-minute program. An Investigation Station program is presented at no additional cost. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes before your scheduled program. We ask that you schedule your educational program at least two weeks prior to your preferred visit date. Scheduling begins in August for each school year. Investigation Station programs fill up quickly.
If you would like to check on availability of an Investigation Station, please use this e-mail form.
Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, Special Needs Classrooms
*Migration Matters Investigation Station is also available on Thursday and Friday at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30 a.m. in April and May.
3rd through 5th Grade, Middle School, High School
We ask that you schedule your educational program at least two weeks prior to your preferred visit date. Scheduling begins in August for each school year. Programs fill up quickly in the spring. We suggest scheduling as soon as possible and planning trips during the fall and winter months. It is only possible to schedule one type of program per visit to the Zoo. If you would like to check on availability of an Auditorium Program, please use e-mail form.
Confirmation and cancellations: Soon after you schedule your program, you will receive a confirmation email. Please check the attachments carefully and call the Education Department if there are any problems or changes. Due to tight schedules, programs will be cancelled if groups are more than ten minutes late. Groups that do not show up AND do not call a minimum of one hour before the program is scheduled to begin will be charged a $10 service charge.Title 1 schools who do not show up will be billed $2 for each admission as well as the $10 service charge. Fees will be invoiced to the school.
In 2014-15, we are changing our field trip programs to be in line with the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science. You may schedule a program for no additional charge. Auditorium programs are held in the Cargill Learning Center.
In order to provide a great experience, pre-kindergarten programs are limited to 50 students per program and all other programs are limited to 90 students per program. At least one adult for every ten students is required. We ask that these adults distribute themselves throughout the students during the presentation. Groups with less than 30 students may be combined with other like groups. Siblings will not be allowed in the program, but will be told the time that they and their adults may meet the group back at the Cargill Learning Center.
Pre-Kindergarten Student Programs and Programs for those with Special Needs
30 minutes, maximum of 50 students per program
Elementary Student Programs
45 minutes, maximum of 90 students per program
Each program will include a presentation, audience participation and animal biofacts (skulls, feathers, fur, etc.) as well as a hands-on learning activity.
Middle School, 6th – 8th Grade
High School, 9th – 12th Grade, College and Adults
Make Your Day at the Zoo a Great Day at the Zoo
To make your visit to the Zoo more educational and enjoyable, we recommend that you have at least one adult for each ten students. We encourage sponsors and teachers to review the following rules with their groups:
The Zoo reserves the right to contact school administrators if misconduct by students occurs.
Guest Services staff patrol the Zoo grounds. They carry radios and will be happy to assist anyone who needs help. In case of severe weather, Guest Services and other Zoo staff will alert you of the conditions and show you where to take shelter. First Aid plus Lost and Found are located at the Zoo Entrance.
Plaza Beastro offers sack lunches for $5.00 each. Please call 266-8226 one week in advance to make arrangements. If you prefer, you can bring your sack lunches in protective labeled containers, which may be stored in the shelter areas near Plaza Beastro. Please do not leave them near the Entrance or Gift Shop area.
Grab Bags, (also knows as party favors or in this case: field trip favors) are available for group purchase through the Gift Shop. Please call 266-8234 one week in advance to make arrangements.
If you have students with special needs that require assistance from our staff, please notify us at 266-8288.
When in the Cargill Learning Center, please remember that the same rules apply here as they do in a school building.
Please, don’t keep these rules a secret! It will make your trip to the Zoo a lot more fun if you take a few minutes to go over these with your group before your visit. THANKS!
This year, the Sedgwick County Zoo has joined the TerraCycle Drink Pouch Brigade.
TerraCycle converts drink pouch material into innovative products like tote bags and pencil cases. You may drop off your empty drink pouches from Capri Sun® and Honest Kids® at the Cargill Learning Center and we’ll send them to be recycled.
Questions about the program? Click here to e-mail Sedgwick County Zoo Education
Cargill Learning Center: Education Specialist
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
P: (316) 266-8213
F: (316) 712-9867
Field Trip Hotline
P: (316) 266-8360