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  • Field Trip Planner

    We are excited about your visit to the Amarillo Zoo. We have provided a checklist to help prepare and ensure your time here is the best it can be.

    Be prepared for a successful visit

    • Prepare yourself
    • Prepare your chaperones
    • Prepare your students
    • Be prepared to enter the gate

    Prepare yourself 

    • Use your teacher planning pass. It provides you with a free zoo visit before your trip.
    • Download and review pre-and post materials and any scavenger hunt sheets you would like to use. Please remember to bring pencils for your students to use. The better prepared the students are the better their experience will be.
    • Review the FAQ page.

    Prepare you chaperones

    • Please arrange for an adequate number of chaperones.

    One Chaperone for each 10 students is required. A smaller ratio is preferred and recommended. Chaperones must stay with the group and wear a nametag identifying them as chaperones for your class.

    • Chaperones need a clear understanding of their role, a list of students in their group, an itinerary and copies of class assignments or worksheets and an understanding of the behavior standards and are familiar with zoo manners. You can download a chaperone planning sheet to help you prepare for your field trip.

    Prepare your students
    Please review Amarillo Zoo rules of accepted behavior with your group.

    • Walk instead of run.
    • Stay with your chaperones.
    • Respect animals by talking quietly. Do not howl at the coyotes or roar at the lions.
    • Keep your hands, body and objects away from animal exhibits.
    • Pick up your trash.
    • Take your time and enjoy reading the graphics at each exhibit.
    • Do not chase or harass the free-roaming peacocks.
    • Do not feed the animals.

    Zoo Manners – Our rules and the reasons

    1. Do Not feed the animals – Keep the animals healthy
    Zoo animals receive carefully considered, measured diets based on the needs of their species. Feeding by visitors can result in obesity, and physical and psychological problems. Begging is unnatural and potentially dangerous behavior for animals. Please do not feed the animals.

    2. Keep feet below the top rail
    Climbing can be very dangerous. Some animals perceive climbers as invaders of their personal space. This can cause stress and illness.

    3. Keep the peace for animals
    Screaming or tapping on the glass is stressful to animals. Noise can be invasive such as howling at the coyotes or roaring at the lions and tiger. This may frighten the animal into hiding or being still. Accepting an animals’ right to be left in peace is important. Chasing or disturbing free-ranging animals such as peacocks, squirrels and rabbits is a serious, infringement of rules and dangerous for the animals and students. A close look is best achieved quietly and slowly.

    4. Keep trash where it belongs
    Trash is ugly and potentially dangerous. Animals may eat it or become entangled in it. Trash may blow from the ground into exhibits. Throwing anything at animals is also a serious infringement of the rules. Offenders may be asked to leave. Please clean up all your trash.

    5. Keep your pace slow
    Make the zoo pleasant and safe for everyone. Please no running.

    Be prepared to enter the front gate

    Please have the exact count of the number of children and adults in your group.

    • One person from your school/group should present the exact number of children and adults to the admissions booth, along with payment.
    • Bring cash, a purchase order, or a school check payable to the “City of Amarillo” in the exact amount.
    • While the students are lining up this is the perfect time for the chaperones to do a last minute review of zoo manners with the students.
    • If you scheduled a zoo tour or wildlife theater program you will be met at the front gate prior to your scheduled time. Please call if you are going to be late. If you are late it may be necessary to abbreviate your program if there is a scheduling conflict

    Eating lunch at the zoo?
    You can eat on your own or arrange for lunches at the Zoo.

    • No outside food or drink is allowed inside the Zoo. Groups may eat their lunch in the grassy area in front of the main gate or at one of the picnic tables in Thompson Park. There are several soda machines plus the zoo concession which serves a variety of snacks and lunch items, including hotdog combo meals (hotdog, chips and drink).
    • Contact the zoo to make arrangements for safari lunches. This is a hotdog combo meal that includes a hotdog, chips and soft drink. These arrangements must be made two weeks in advance.
    • Bag lunches brought from school should be left in your vehicle. We do not have any lockers available for storing your lunches.           

    Academic Standards

    • We understand your need to address academic standards. All zoo programs have been designed to help meet TEKS in Science, Language Arts, Math and Social Studies.
    • Pick up a free teacher take-home packet at the admissions office when you leave the zoo with your class. This packet includes:
    • Zoo information
    • Teacher Resource Information
    • Free child admission coupons so students can return with their families

    Cancellation Policy
    Cancellations 15 days or more before the date of the program – full refund
    Cancellation 1-15 days before the date of the program – full refund minus $25 administrative fee.
    No notice of cancellation – No Refund

    All cancellation notices must be made in writing.

    Educator E-Mail List
    Want to get the “inside scoop” on zoo happenings? Subscribe to the Amarillo Zoo’s electronic email notification for educators by sending your name and e-mail to [email protected]

    Teacher Advisory Council
    The teacher advisory council is comprised of area educators who volunteer their time to assist with zoo curriculum development and evaluation. For information contact Mike Boley, Visitor Services Coordinator at 806-381-7911 or [email protected]