Field Trips

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Take learning beyond the classroom by visiting the Potawatomi Zoo for a fun-filled, ed-zoo-cational field trip! Potawatomi Zoo is home to about 400 animals of 160 different species from around the world, and a zoo field trip is a great opportunity for your students to see and learn about animals including some very rare and endangered species. You can learn about the animals by reading the exhibit graphics, attending a Keeper Talk, or scheduling an Onsite Education Program. 

Educational facilities visiting Potawatomi Zoo with at least 10 paying students qualify for a discounted admission group rate. Group rates are not available on holidays or weekends.

Potawatomi Zoo Group Rate
Students $5.50
Adults $6.50

Train Ride: All Aboard! Take a ride on the Potawatomi Zoo Train. Cost is $2.00 per ticket, two and under free. This option must be paid separately to the Potawatomi Zoological Society. Contact 574-288-4639 to purchase train tickets for your field trip.

Scheduling a Field Trip

To schedule a Potawatomi Zoo Field Trip, you need to complete a field trip registration form and submit by fax to the zoo at #574-235-9080.

Once your field trip registration has been received, the Zoo will send you a confirmation. At the bottom of the confirmation is a section you can fill out on the day of your field trip with the number of students and
adults in your party, which should be given to the Admissions Cashier upon entering the Zoo. You can pay for your Potawatomi Zoo Field trip using cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard. If you would like to use a purchase order, you need to contact the Zoo’s Office Manager prior to your field trip by phone 574-235-7620 or email PFenters@SouthBendIN.gov. Potawatomi Zoo Memberships may be used, but the Admissions
Staff will need to see the membership cards and identification. For students using their families’ membership cards, we recommend that you bring a copy of the card with your payment.

The Day of Your Field Trip
  • Remember to fill out and bring the bottom portion of your confirmation form.
  • Go over the zoo rules with your students and chaperones prior to arriving at the zoo.
  • Students may be unloaded at the zoo entrance curb, but please be respectful of other buses behind you waiting to unload. Bus parking is available along the zoo’s front perimeter fence or along side streets.
  • Have fun!
Potawatomi Zoo Rules

During your field trip at Potawatomi Zoo, you are visiting the animals’ homes, so please be respectful and
abide by the following rules.

  • Students must be with a chaperone at all times
  • Stay on public pathways
  • No tapping or banging on exhibit glass as this can frighten the animals
  • Do not throw food or other objects into exhibits
  • Please do not yell or run inside the zoo
Activites

Potawatomi Zoo's Education Department has created the following activities that teachers can download and use with their students while visiting the Zoo.  Feel free to modify activities to better fit your lessons and needs.

Current activities include:  Behavior Observations - provided are the activity outline, chaperone guidlines, and graphing worksheet; Observation Scavenger Hunt