WELCOME BACK!

The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are outdoor destinations and remain open. We continue to monitor the ongoing changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are following the recommendations provided by our state and local health authorities.

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Guided Field Trips

Guided Field Trips

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YOUR SUPPORT IS VITAL TO OUR FUTURE

As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for countless animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

Your continued support is critical to the wildlife in our care and vital to endangered species worldwide.

 

THE SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK IS CLOSED TO VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING FIELD TRIP RESERVATIONS AT THIS TIME. 

We look forward to reopening, and welcoming visitors back to our parks at the first opportunity we can responsibly do so. While we are closed, it’s still business as usual for the animals of San Diego Zoo Global and the crew of wildlife care specialists that are looking out for them—and you can stay connected with virtual visits anytime you want! Click here to see how #wereheretogether.

 

Add a touch of the WILD to your class and experience one of the Safari Park’s amazing education programs! Make a connection with wildlife during an on-site program. If you don’t want to be the tour guide, a Park Educator can guide your students through the Park while enthralling them with inside information. All programs support several discipline areas for both Next Generation Science and Common Core State Standards.

Our guided programs are paid programs and do not include the cost of admission. Please refer to our Self-Guided Field Trip page for information on reservations and admission costs. Additional information can be found on our Field Trip FAQ page.

Advanced group reservations are required for these programs. All guided tours are for the students enrolled in the participating class. Siblings, including infants, are not permitted to attend guided tours.

Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the start of your program. You will have to collect your admission tickets and walk inside of the Park to meet your Educator Guide. Program times cannot be extended if the group arrives late. 

 

On-grounds Educator-led Programs

Fur, Feathers, and Scales, Oh My!
Grades Preschool-1

Using animal presentations, hands-on helpers, and fun, this program is designed for young children. Students will meet one of our animal ambassadors and participate in interactive activities to help them learn about what characteristics and adaptations make an animal a mammal, a reptile, or a bird. Participants can spend the rest of the day at the Park following their program.
 

Program length: 60 minutes
Audience size (students and chaperones): Maximum of 40 per group
Fee: *$200 per program. *Park admission rates apply. Add discounted group admission rates if you are a qualified youth group (such as scouts, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.), homeschool, or a school not in San Diego County.  

 

 

 

Conservation in Action
Grades K-College

This 90-minute program focuses on the topic of your choosing to better support your classroom curriculum or program goals –whether focusing on animal adaptations, human-wildlife interactions, conservation or any of the amazing animals that live at the Safari Park, our educators will design activities to best suite your group. Through this program, we strive to help you and your group become partners in conservation. This program includes an animal encounter and while you will visit animal exhibits, the program does not go behind the scenes. Participants can spend the rest of the day at the Park following their program.

Program length: 90 minutes
Audience size (students and chaperones): Minimum of 20 per group, maximum of 40 per group
Fee: *$10 per person. *Park admission rates apply. Add discounted group admission rates if you are a qualified youth group (such as scouts, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.), homeschool, or a school not in San Diego County. 

 

 

 

Save Our Aquatic Resources (SOAR)
Grades 2-6

SOAR takes place at our beautiful demonstration Biofiltration Wetlands, where students learn about water conservation through hands on science exploration. Safari Park educators, following grade level Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards, discuss with students water as a limited resource, the benefits of wetlands, and ways their daily actions make a difference. Participants can spend the rest of the day at the Park following their program.

Program length: 90 minutes
Audience size (students and chaperones): Maximum of 40 per group
Fee:  *$200 per program *Grant funding covering the cost of transportation is available for San Diego County Title 1 schools only. Call for current availability
*Park admission rates apply. Add discounted group admission rates if you are a qualified youth group (such as scouts, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.), homeschool, or a school not in San Diego County.

 

 

 

For more information, or to book a guided tour education program at the Safari Park, please call 760-738-5057 or email educationpark@sandiegozoo.org.