School Groups

Detroit Zoo - School Groups
Detroit Zoo - School Groups

 

Field Trips

FEC-small-IMGP0205Detroit Zoo – Ford Education Center

Discover the Detroit Zoo, an extension of your classroom! The Ford Education Center is the heart of education opportunities that await you and your students. Our programs complement Michigan Grade Level and High School Content Expectations while addressing Next Generation Science Standards. Programs are offered year-round. Maximum group size is noted in the program descriptions.

BINZ exteriorBelle Isle Nature Center

The Belle Isle Nature Center provides year-round educational, recreational and conservation opportunities for Detroit school children as well as other students, teachers, families and community groups throughout the tri-county area. A 1/8-mile interpretive nature trail has been developed as well as outdoor and indoor animal exhibits. Our field trip programs are FREE! Programs include a fallow deer feeding, a hands-on activity and/or biofact discovery time.

Belle Isle Nature Center Programs
  • School Groups / Field Trips

    Group reservations must be made at least 30 days prior to your visit. To make a reservation, please fill out the Reservation Request form below and click “submit”.   Please note that some days are not available due to special events or capacity limitations. You will receive a confirmation statement with further instructions within one week from date received.

    The School Group discount is only available during the traditional school year (after Labor Day through June 15, Monday – Friday).

    School Group Prices

    School Groups- Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County

    (Discount price is subject to PRE-PAYMENT and zip code verification.)

    • Student – $5
    • Adult (includes chaperones and teachers) – $5
    School Groups – Non-Tri-County
    • Student – $7
    • Adult (includes chaperones and teachers) – $7
    Parking
    • Cars – $7
    • Buses – $12

    Please note: The following dates are unavailable for group reservations.

    • Saturdays/Sundays
    • January 1
    • April 14, 15
    • April 26
    • May 19, 20
    • May 22
    • May 29
    • June 16
    • September 6
    • September 15, 16
    • November 23
    • December 25
    Field Trip Reservation Request
  • Ford Education Center Field Trips

    Give your class a healthy dose of Vitamin Z!

    Discover the Detroit Zoo, an extension of your classroom! The Ford Education Center is the heart of education opportunities that await you and your students. Our programs complement Michigan Grade Level and High School Content Expectations while addressing Next Generation Science Standards. Programs are offered year-round. Maximum group size is noted in the program descriptions.

    All programs have a minimum of 15 students and require a $25 deposit. Programs are available at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. For availability and/or booking, please call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3800.


    Detroit Zoo - Education Programs

    Animal Size

    Audience: Kindergarten – Grade 1
    Length of Program: 45 minutes
    Cost: $50 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/7 chaperones)
    State Correlations:  S.IP.00.14, S.IP.00.15, S.IP.00.16

    How do you measure up?  Are you as tall as a tiger?  Do you have paws as big as a polar bear?  Students will use non-standard measurement to explore the amazing diversity of animal size.


    Detroit Zoo - Education Programs

    Alternative Dissection

    Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    NGSS:  MS-LS1-3

    Each year, millions of animals are dissected in schools. The Detroit Zoo offers a fun and interactive alternative. Come and experience animal “dissection” in a fun, hands-on way! Our Humane Science Lab is equipped with everything you need to participate in a full, alternative frog dissection without harming any animals.


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    Zoo Habitat Design

    Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

    Come to the Zoo with your art, engineering and science skills ready! Students will explore the Arctic Ring of Life and use this habitat as a case study before designing their own zoo habitat.


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    Zoo Careers

    Audience: Grade 9 – Grade 12
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    State Correlations:  Educational Development Plan – Career Exploration

    Do you belong in a zoo? Discover the array of fascinating zoo job opportunities that encompass a variety of career fields. Even if science is not your chosen field, there may be a place for you!

  • Donor-funded Day at the Zoo Application

    Detroit Zoo - Day at the Zoo
    The Day at the Zoo program (DATZ) is a donor-funded, educational program that provides an opportunity for students to experience a field trip to the Detroit Zoo by providing financial assistance to classrooms where funds are limited.

    The DATZ program includes:

    • Admission for students plus one adult chaperone for every seven students
    • Stipend for bus transportation
    • Nutritious lunch for registered students and adults

    Thank you for your interest in the Day at the Zoo program. The Spring 2017 application cycle has closed. Please revisit the site after August for information regarding the fall 2017 application process.


    For more information about educational opportunities at the Detroit Zoo, please click here.

    Thank you.