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Field Trip FAQ

Field Trip FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. Do I need to reserve my school/youth group field trip in advance?

Yes, reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. If you are attempting to make a reservation within 2 weeks, you will be charged a $25 late fee and you must pay for parking. School groups without reservations pay regular admission and parking rates.

2. How do I set up a reservation?

Please fill out and email our registration form to educationpark@sandiegozoo.org. The Safari Park is unable to accept registration requests through fax.

3. My student and chaperone numbers are an estimate; will I be able to change them?

You can adjust your numbers at anytime including the day of your field trip. In advance, you can contact the Education Department via email or phone message with your adjusted numbers. When you arrive, you can adjust your numbers when you submit payment and collect your tickets.

4. How many people can we bring?

The minimum size of a school/youth group is 15 people. If you are bringing a special-needs class, the minimum group size is 8. We allow a maximum of 200 people per school per day. Each individual over the 200-person limit is charged full price, which is $52 for adults and $42 for children.

Your group must have a minimum of 1 adult for every 10 students and a maximum of 1 adult per every 1 student. Teachers must purchase tickets and are counted in the total number of adults.

5. What is the cost of a Safari Park field trip?

Entrance fees may change, depending on several variables. San Diego County students on a field trip are free of charge during traditional school days. Schools located outside of San Diego County, youth groups and homeschools pay a discounted rate of $10 for each student on traditional school days. All schools pay $10 per student on weekends, holidays/promotional periods, and during the summer. Please reference our calendars for free and fee dates:

For schools located inside of San Diego County, adults are free between the minimum ratio of 1 adult for 10 students and a maximum ratio of 1 adult for every 4 students. You may bring additional adults over the 1 to 4 ratio at a cost of $10 per adult. Schools located outside of San Diego County, youth groups, and homeschools pay a discounted rate of $10 for each adult up to a 1 to 1 ratio. All groups must have a minimum of 1 adult for every 10 students. Teachers must purchase tickets and are counted in the total number of adults.

If the number of adults exceeds the number of students, each adult over and above the number of students will be charged the full admission price of $52.

If you have any special-needs students, we allow 1 aide for each special-needs student in the group for free, they may fall outside of the 1:4 and 1:1 ratio. Please mention how many aides will be attending on your registration form.

6. Can my group ride the Africa Tram? The Balloon Safari?

Your base admission ticket will cover your admission into the Park as well as access to all exhibits, shows and presentations.

You can add tickets for the Africa Tram to your education admission for $5 per person. Please note that your group may be seated on two different trams, if necessary. These tickets do not allow you front of the line privileges.

The Balloon Safari is not included with school admission tickets but can be purchased at the time of check-in. A special discounted ticket of $5 for a five-minute flight is available for school groups only. Tickets may be purchased on-site only and are not available for sale in advance.

7. How does parking work?

Parking is free for buses and chaperone vehicles when reservations are made at least two weeks in advance of the visit.  When you arrive, you will tell the parking attendant the name of your school group.

8. Can we bring in our own food?

Yes! You are able to bring in your own food and you may also bring in wagons, etc to carry your lunches. We recommend eating in our picnic area at the Grove (map marker 15). Please note the only lunch storage area provided is in unlocked cabinets outside of the Park, in our log ring.

9. Can we purchase meals in advance?

Yes! We have two choices for meal vouchers - a kids meal and an adult meal voucher. Kids meals are $7 each and include baby carrots, potato chips, a choice of chicken nuggets or cheese quesadilla, and a choice of milk or apple juice. On our order form, you will specify a pick up time for your meals from our Samburu Terrace Restaurant. Adult meal vouchers are $14 each. They are redeemable at Mombasa Island Cooker, Okavango Outpost, Thorntree Terrace and Samburu Terrace. Each location has an option of 4-6 entrees and includes a soft drink. You must contact the Education Department in advance and submit your lunch order at least 4 days prior to your visit date. Prices subject to change.

10. What happens if it rains?

The Safari Park remains open regardless of the weather with few exceptions. You are able to cancel or reschedule your self-guided field trip at any time for no charge due to weather or problems with transportation. 

11. Do college groups qualify?

Teacher hosted groups qualify for our education pricing. College groups must be attending as part of a class, and must include at least one instructor/professor or coordinator.

12. Can we use our Membership passes for admission?

Yes! Anyone in your group may use their membership instead of purchasing a ticket through the Education Department. Memberships may also be used to ride the Africa Tram. 

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