Every year the Utica Zoo is visited by thousands of kids and adults from schools and other organizations throughout the region. Your group has many options to choose from when visiting the zoo. All our programs support New York State learning standards. 

Admission Prices

*Please note that in order to receive the discounted rate, your group must have at least 10 paying members*

  • Children 1 and Under FREE
  • Students (Age 2 to 12) $3.00
  • Staff and Special Needs Chaperones FREE
  • Adult/Parent Chaperones $5.00

Field Trip Options

Self-Guided Tour: Explore the zoo on your own using our teacher’s guide. This guide is packed with information about our animals, as well as activities and ideas to help make your trip more fun and focused.

Guided Tour: If you would like to go more in depth during your visit, let a staff member or volunteer docent guide your group around the zoo. Your students will have fun learning from our knowledgeable and interesting tour guides. A tour generally lasts an hour and can be geared toward any age group. Maximum 20 students. 

Zoo Introduction: Start off your day at the zoo with one of our animal ambassadors! A zoo educator and one of our education animals will meet your group in the amphitheater and give a short introduction to the zoo. Included will be the zoo’s history, our signature animals, and a brief synopsis of the rules. Then you will be free to explore the rest of the zoo. This is a good choice for large groups.  

*Please note that Guided Tours and Zoo Introductions are available at an additional fee and MUST be booked in advance with our Education Department. We also cannot guarantee the availability of a program for your rain date. For pricing information or to set up one of these programs, please contact us (information below)!*

Reserve Your Date Now!

Download a group reservation form and sent it to: Utica Zoo Education Department
Attention: Kathleen McGill
1 Utica Zoo Way, Utica, NY 13501
Fax: 315-738-0475
Phone: 315-738-0472 ext. 36
E-mail: kathleen.mcgill@uticazoo.org