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 or attend a Keeper Talk.
Potawatomi Zoo Group Rate
Students (ages 3-14) $5.50
Picnic Area Rental Rate: $40- up to 2 hours
All Aboard! Take a ride on the Potawatomi Zoo Train. Cost is $2.00 per ticket, two and under free. With a few days notice, school groups can plan ahead and have train tickets ready for pick-up and payment ahead of, or on the day of your field trip! Contact 574-288-4639 to arrange for train tickets for your group.
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 at 574-235-7620 or email email@example.com. 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.
Field Trip Scholarship Program
Through funding provided by The Kerry Finnigan Rupright Foundation, Kerry’s Kids, The Potawatomi Zoological Society will offer scholarship opportunities for underserved and low-income schools and programs in the greater South Bend area to visit the zoo during the 2015 season. Funding will be used for the 2015 zoo season only, and all field trips would be scheduled between April 3rd and October 31st, 2015. The funding will not cover admission to special events or extracurricular activities at the zoo – it will directly support admission for children and chaperons and also reimburse transportation to the zoo.
Educational organizations interested in taking advantage of the program will complete and submit the one page application. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis with emphasis on program guidelines for approval. The program will close upon funding depletion. The 2015 Scholarship Program application period has closed as all available funds have been allocated. Look for future scholarship opportunities at Potawatomi Zoo in 2016.
We are grateful to Kerry’s Kids for their continued support of the Potawatomi Zoo and zoo programs.
Questions regarding this program can be directed to Field Trip Questions.
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
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