Central Park Zoo

Field Trips

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Zoo Guided Tour

Join us on an exploration of the Central Park Zoo with our knowledgeable and trained Zoo Guides leading the way. Since 1988, we have provided enriching tours to groups of schoolchildren, scouts, summer campers, families, and adults who are interested in learning more about our animals and exhibits. They're a cost-effective way to maximize your visit.

  • Grades: Kindergarten – 12th Grade
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Fee: $200 per group


  • To make a reservation, please call the Education Department at (800) 433-4149, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. You can also email cpzregistration@wcs.org with any questions about education programs or the registration process.
  • Once your booking has been made, an invoice with program information, including date & time, will be sent to you. This letter is valid for free general admission for your classes & must be shown at the entrance gate on the scheduled dates.
  • A $50 change fee will be incurred if the school needs to change the program dates.

Class Size

  • Pre-K & Kindergarten: Maximum class size is 25 students & 7 adults, including the teacher.
  • 1st Grade & Up: Maximum class size is 35 students & 7 adults, including the teacher.
  • Schools are not allowed to combine classes to reach the maximum class size.
  • School & camp groups are required to provide a minimum of 1 adult chaperone for every 10 children & chaperones must remain with their group at all times.
  • Special Needs Classes: We welcome students with special needs. Please be sure to mention special needs or disabilities when registering so that we can accommodate your class. We require one adult for every two students in a special education class with a maximum class size of 12 students.

Payment Policy

  • Payment in full is due at least 4 weeks prior to the program date & ASAP if booked within 4 weeks.
  • Under no circumstances will a program be held without full payment in advance or a Purchase Order.
  • Payment may be made by check, credit card, or Purchase Order.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing by email, cpzregistration@wcs.org, or fax, (718) 733-9545.
  • Cancellations made at least 4 weeks in advance will receive a 50% refund.
  • There are no refunds for programs cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to the scheduled date of program.

Late Arrivals

Due to a very full schedule, programs will not be extended for late-arriving groups beyond the scheduled end time. Staff will make every attempt to cover as much material as possible in the time available. Please obtain information on how to locate us in advance of your trip by visiting the directions page on our website.

Weather Conditions

Programs are held rain or shine unless trips are cancelled by school officials or a zoo closure is in effect. Please encourage children to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

For General Admission Only

Visit our self-guided visits page