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Book A School Field Trip At the Greater Vancouver Zoo


Wondering how to meet your British Columbia Ministry of Education curriculum and standards?

Be here with your class of students at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and let your student’s curiosity come alive by taking part in our field trip program. All educational programs at the Greater Vancouver Zoo are designed to help you meet the British Columbia Ministry of Education curriculum and standards.

A field trip at the zoo is an inspirational, educational experience that inspires sharing and caring about wildlife and conservation.

Book a field trip on a Tuesday or Wednesday in April and get a free education program
School Rates
Child (3-17 years) / Senior (65+ Admission) $10.33/person
Adult Admission (18-64) $12.43/person
Educational Program $2.52/student (in addition to admission; min $25.20 charge)

Parking: $6.00/vehicle; School buses are free

* All prices include the 5% Goods and Services Tax.

Why choose a Field Trip at GVZoo?

  • Enjoy special school rates and flexible options: Explore alone or relax while our specialist education team runs a learning program and takes students on a guided walking tour
  • Tailored learning experiences for students from Preschool to University
  • Experience lunch in our scenic picnic area and enjoy add-on educational activities such as crafts and scavenger hunts to ensure your students have a day to remember
Greater Vancouver Zoo Field Trip Program

Add an Optional Feature to Your Field Trip: Picnic Areas

Optional Extras include train rides, educational activities such as crafts, scavenger hunts and conservation themed games. We also have three beautiful picnic areas available to rent.

A 25% deposit is required upon registration. Picnic areas are available to rent from 9am-4pm. The picnic/park areas can be reserved as separate sections or as one large area. If you reserve the whole picnic area (i.e. the Tiger, Zebra and Giraffe gazebos) the cost is $115.50 (price includes the 5% Goods and Services Taxes). For more information, please contact us by phone at 604.856.6825 (ext 26 or 28) or by email at edu@gvzoo.com.

Please Note: Gazebos near playground cannot be reserved, please see map or phone for more information.


Greater Vancouver Zoo Field Trip Programs

Tiger Gazebo

Includes one covered gazebo with water and electricity available. This area is approximately 1500 m2 and is $26.25 (price includes the 5% Goods and Services Tax) to rent.

Accommodates approximately 30 people.


Greater Vancouver Zoo Field Trip Programs

Zebra Gazebo

Includes one covered gazebo with water and electricity available. The area is approximately 2000 m2 and is $52.50 (price includes the 5% Goods and Services Tax) to rent.

Accommodates approximately 50 people.

Greater Vancouver Zoo Field Trip Programs

Giraffe Gazebo

This is a very large open space and includes one covered gazebo with water and electricity available. Directly located off Lemur Island. The area is approximately 2500 m2 and is $52.50 (price includes the 5% Goods and Services Tax) to rent.

Accommodates approximately 50 people.

Types of Educational Field Trip Programs

You may already have your field trip agenda when you book with us, and in this case, we're happy to accommodate your day of learning. But, here are some programs we have worked with other educational classrooms on that you may want to consider. Each of these programs can be tailored to your class. Let us know which one when you book and we will follow up and work with you.

Preschool -Grade 1; ESL Level-Aussi disponible en français

Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Through observation and questioning, students will learn about animal characteristics, the needs of animals and how these needs are met by their environment. This program also introduces the concept of adaptations and the impact of seasonal changes on living things.

Preschool –University -Aussi disponible en français

Learn about the Western Painted Turtle, Oregon Spotted Frog, and Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly recovery programs at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and how we’re making a difference.Explore the role of students, accredited zoos, and conservation organizations in protecting species that are threatened with extinction. Students will also learn about the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and its significance.

Grade 11+

Students will dive into the world of classification using various examples of the kingdom Animalia here at the zoo. Our knowledgeable zoo staff will describe and demonstrate how scientists use internal and external features to distinguish and classify animals.

Grade 1+ - Aussi disponible en français

Students will use their observation skills to make connections between animals, their unique adaptations and the strategies that facilitate survival, including the impact of seasonal changes, in their different habitats. This program also highlights animal senses and the basic structures and functions of animal body systems.

Grade 2+

By observing a variety of wildlife, students will learn that all living things have life cycles adapted to their environment and life history path. This program will highlight the importance of life cycles in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Grade 3+ - Aussi disponible en français

Through examination of an ecosystem, students will learn the importance of biodiversity, how animals interact with their environment, and competition within food webs.

Grade 4+

Students will explore various animals and how they use their senses in response to their environment. We will highlight the importance of these adaptations to survival, and how they are connected to all other living things within their ecosystem. This program also discusses how different biomes impact animal responses.

Grade 5+

Students will learn how the various body systems function within the animal kingdom and how they have become specialized to best suit the various needs of wildlife.