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field trips at the zoo

school field trip program

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The Living Desert offers educators the Field Trip program – a self-guided field trip that gives teachers and their students a fascinating walk through the Zoo. Experience a variety of fascinating events, programs, exhibits, and desert animals.

For more details or to book a field trip contact us (760) 346-5694 or email

Required Downloads for Field Trips
School Field Trip Information
Chaperone Guide to The Living Desert (English)
Chaperone Guide to The Living Desert (Spanish)
Driving Instructions to The Living Desert
Map of the Park Grounds

Teacher Resource Guides
1st - 2nd Grade NGSS Field Trip Worksheet
1st - 2nd Grade NGSS Field Trip Teacher Example
3rd - 5th Grade Field Trip Worksheet 
3rd - 5th Grade Field Teacher Example
Middle School and High School Worksheet
STEM Field Trip Scavenger Hunt 

For more Educator Resources click here

Field Trip FAQs

What are the field trip prices and availability?

Self-Guided Field Trips (available to groups of 10+) are available Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm. There is a maximum of 1 class groups per half-day.

$11 per student PreK –12th grade

$15 per teacher and adult chaperone (One adult chaperone per per five students recommended)

NOTE: Any additional chaperones that exceed the 1:5 ratio will be charged full price admission.

What are our options for lunch and snacks?

There are multiple picnic areas available throughout the Zoo. In addition, there are food and beverage outlets that offer options for purchase.

What teacher resources and guides are available?

We offer teachers resource and field trip guides. Teachers may make arrangements to visit the park in advance to finalize lesson plans at no additional charge. To view all teacher resources, click here.

What should we do on our field trip and what events are scheduled for the day of our visit?

There are numerous options to make sure your field trip is one to remember. See our Daily Schedule.


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