Fieldtrips

As part of our commitment to excellence, Utah’s Hogle Zoo provides a diverse educational experience to students in kindergarten all the way through senior year of high school.

By educating Utah’s youth we are just one step closer to providing appreciation and respect for the natural world. Please continue reading below for step by step instructions on how to make a field trip reservation for your school.

  • Field Trip Reservations for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 begin September 1st, 2016 at 12am. 

  • We are fully booked for September, April, and May of the 2016-2017 school year. Please see the Blackout Calendar for available dates.

General Information On Field Trips:

  • Reservations are made on a first come first serve basis.
  • Once your email has been sent, you should receive a response within the next 5-7 days. (Sending an email does not mean your reservation has been confirmed.)
  • Schools without confirmed reservations will not be allowed to visit the Zoo for free.
  • For the safety of our animals and your students, we limit the number of free school registrations per day.
  • You are required to provide one adult for every five students. Special Needs Students may have one adult for each student. Chaperones must be 21 or older and stay with their students. Please understand if you show up for your field trip short even 1 chaperone you will be required to pay full admission prices for your entire group, there are no exceptions!
  • Students and chaperones are required to wear identification tags with the school and teacher’s name clearly printed on them.
  • Free Field Trips are not available for Preschools or After School Groups/Programs
  • Field Trip arrival time can be no later than noon
  • Students may not wear Heely shoes or bring other prohibited items.
For more frequently asked questions, please click here.

Blackout Dates Calendar:

Before making a reservation, please check our current blackout dates and dates already booked by clicking here.

How To Make A Reservation:

Once you are sure that your dates do not coincide with our blackout/full dates, please email schoolreservations@hoglezoo.org with the information below. (You may click the email address link or copy and paste it into your personal email) 

We do not take reservations over the phone.

Please include the following information below using a bulleted list in your email request: 

  • Your first and last name
  • Your phone number (Personal or school number will be used to contact you, if prefered dates are not available)
  • School Principal phone number
  • Your email address (Either your personal or school email. This is where your confirmation will be sent.)
  • Your School’s name
  • School’s full address (Street, State and Zip Code)
  • School’s district (I.e Davis, Charter, Private)
  • Your first choice visit date 
  • Please pick 5 alternative dates and arrange them from most prefered to least prefered as dates fill up between emails (You only need to submit one email with all prefered dates listed, not separate emails for each date)
  • The estimated arrival time (No later than noon)
  • The number of students that will be attending (Please specify any special needs students)
  • Student Grade
  • Any extra chaperones, student siblings, or preschoolers you/the school may be paying for (This does not include free chaperones)
  • Do you plan on bringing lunch to the Zoo or purchasing lunch here?

After emailing your reservation request, please wait five to seven days for a response. We will do our best to send your confirmation email and paperwork within this timeframe. Please keep in mind that simply sending an email does not mean a reservation has been confirmed.

When we receive your reservation, we will automatically set your chaperone number to fit the1(Chaperone) to 5 (Student) ratio. Adults covered in this ratio will receive free admission. Please keep in mind, that teachers are incorporated into this number. If the teachers want to be separate to supervise the chaperones, they will need to pay admission or they can use their membership if they have one. If you plan to bring extra chaperones, they will need to be paid for or they can use their individual memberships. If you are paying for extra chaperones, student siblings, or preschool children, please make sure to state this in your first email.

Once You Have Received Confirmation:

You will know your reservation has been made when you receive a confirmation email with a confirmation statement attached. When it is time to check-in, please make sure you have printed off the first page of your confirmation statement to turn in to our staff.

Your confirmation statement will also contain your date of visit, arrival time, name, phone number, etc. Verify that this information is correct and let us know as soon as possible if changes need to be made. All rules for chaperones, teachers, and students will be in the email attachment.

Day Of Reservation Guidelines:

Parking:

On the day of your field trip, park and unload in the parking lot stated on the first page of your confirmation paperwork*Unloading and Parking subject to change as the zoo sees fit*

September-December Fieldtrips: Main Parking Lot (Far east end of the lot)

January-May Fieldtrips: North Parking Lot. (Lot located directly across the street from the Main Parking Lot) *If snow is still present on the ground, January-Mid March reservations may be asked to park in the Main Lot.

Generally, all schools will be asked to check in at the main entrance. However, where you will park and unload will vary depending on the season.  Parking in the main lot is not permitted without prior approval from your reservation. If you are asked to park in the North Lot, (parking lot across the street from the main entrance) you will park and unload there. Once your entire group has arrived, please proceed to the Hawk Crosswalk and safely make your way over to the Main Entrance of the Zoo. You cannot check in until your entire party is present. Please try to carpool or have chaperones ride the bus with the students to minimize needed parking space. If you have other chaperones driving themselves, they need to check in at the same time with the school or they will be charged admission. No exceptions. Bus drivers will receive free admission to the zoo.

What to Bring:

Name Tags: Make sure all students and chaperones are wearing tags with the school and teacher’s name clearly printed on them before entering the Zoo.

Printed and Signed First Page of Confirmation Statement:  The teacher who made the reservation needs to check in the school or send someone in their place.

Where to Check In:

Fall/Winter Check In: Guest Services Window with a Team Lead

Spring Check In: School Gate on the far right side of the entrance with a Ticket Taker 

To check in your school, please give the Guest Services employee the first page of your confirmation statement. They will make sure all the information on the page has been filled out and verify your “exact” student and chaperone totals.

Tickets for extra Chaperones, Student Siblings, or Preschoolers:

If there are extra individuals being paid for by the school, you will need to pay for them prior to check in on the day of your reservation at any ticket window. If the extra individuals are paying separately, they will also need to pay for their admission before check-in. Please keep in mind that these tickets must be purchased on the day of the fieldtrip and can not be purchased multiple days in advanced. Each extra individual will need to show their admission ticket upon entering the Zoo. For more information on ticket and group rate pricing please click here.

Once we have confirmed that you are aware of our policies and you have verified your 1:5 ratio (or 1:1 ratio for special needs students), you are all set to enjoy the Zoo.

Late Arrivals:

Unfortunately, any late students or chaperones that have missed their field trip check in time will need to purchase admission to enter the zoo. No exceptions will be made for latecomers. Teachers are responsible for notifying students, chaperones, and parents of this information.

 

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