Are you a class, scout group, day care group, summer camp group, 4-H group, science club, home school group, or church group looking for something fun and unique to do at the Zoo?
Groups visiting the Zoo can enroll in our Bleacher Program. 30 minute presentations ($1 per person) feature live animals and a variety of age-appropriate content including: animal classification, adaptations, predator-prey relationship, natural history, and behavior.
Presentations are year round. Bleachers (outdoor) seat up to 100 people. The Education Classroom (inside the Discovery Center) seats up to 30 people. Availability of indoor/outdoor seating is weather-dependent.
During the busy field trip season, buses are encouraged to park on Vilas Park Drive (next to Lake Wingra) or in the baseball parking lot at Wright Middle School (Fish Hatchery Road at Wingra Drive).
April-August: Please arrive at the Zoo with enough time to ensure you and your entire group are at the Education Pavilion by your reserved time in order to take advantage of your presentation in its entirety. Unfortunately at such a busy time of year, it will not be possible to accommodate late groups.
Need transportation assistance?
Nature Net's Nature Express bus funding program can help!
The program works in one of two ways:
- Nature Connections: Schedule two thematically related field trips to any Nature Net site/s and receive funds towards your second bus trip.
- Nature Mentor: Recruit a fellow teacher to join your class for their first Nature Net field trip, and share a bus fee!
Click the highlighted link above to apply to receive up to $80/bus to offset the bus expense for your second trip (or your shared mentor trip). Funds are limited, so apply now!
Nature Express is made available through a grant from the American Girl Fund for Children and Alliant Energy Foundation.
Presentation staff are scheduled specifically for individual presentations. 24 hour notice of cancellation is required and greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Please call the Zoo Office at (608) 266-4732 or 266-4943 to schedule your presentation today! (Please allow a minimum of two weeks advance notice for scheduling. Presentations are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.)
Additional deals for school groups
Meal #1: $5.00 (hot dog, apple, animal crackers, water)
Meal #2: $5.00 (peanut butter and jelly sandwich, apple, animal crackers, water)
Meal #3: $8.00 (6" sub [turkey or ham], apple, bag of chips, bottle soda or water)
*Please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours in advance to place your order.
**Space in the picnic area under the tent can be reserved (based on availability).
Prepackaged gift shop grab bags can be purchased for $5.00/each.
*Please email email@example.com with grade level and number of children at least 48 hours in advance to place your order.
Train and carousel tokens
Groups can pre-order and pre-pay for Train and Carousel tokens for pick up at the Gift Shop before or on your trip day.
*Please call 258-9490 on a weekday at least 48 hours in advance to place your order