School Groups

Detroit Zoo - School Groups
Detroit Zoo - School Groups

 

Field Trips

FEC-small-IMGP0205Detroit Zoo – Ford Education Center

Discover the Detroit Zoo, an extension of your classroom! The Ford Education Center is the heart of education opportunities that await you and your students. Our programs include inquiry and hands-on learning opportunities that support what students are already learning in their classrooms. Programs are offered year-round. Maximum group size is noted in the program descriptions.

BINZ exteriorBelle Isle Nature Center

The Belle Isle Nature Center provides year-round educational, recreational and conservation opportunities for Detroit school children as well as other students, teachers, families and community groups throughout the tri-county area. A 1/8-mile interpretive nature trail has been developed as well as outdoor and indoor animal exhibits. Our field trip programs are FREE! Programs include a fallow deer feeding, a hands-on activity and/or biofact discovery time.

Belle Isle Nature Center Programs
  • School Groups / Field Trips

    Group reservations must be made at least 30 days prior to your visit. To make a reservation, please fill out the Reservation Request form below and click “submit”.   Please note that some days are not available due to special events or capacity limitations. You will receive a confirmation statement with further instructions within one week from date received.

    The School Group discount is only available during the traditional school year (after Labor Day through June 15, Monday – Friday).

    School Group Prices

    School Groups- Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County

    (Discount price is subject to PRE-PAYMENT and zip code verification.)

    • Student – $5
    • Adult (includes chaperones and teachers) – $5
    School Groups – Non-Tri-County
    • Student – $7
    • Adult (includes chaperones and teachers) – $7
    Parking
    • Cars – $7
    • Buses – $12

    Please note: The following dates are unavailable for group reservations.

    • Saturdays/Sundays
    • January 1
    • April 14, 15
    • April 26
    • May 12, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31
    • June 2017 no longer available
    • September 6, 15, 16
    • October 25
    • November 23
    • December 25
    Field Trip Reservation Request
  • Ford Education Center Field Trips

    Give your class a healthy dose of Vitamin Z!

    All programs have a minimum of 15 students. Programs are available at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. For availability and/or booking, please call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3800.


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    Animal Size

    Audience: Kindergarten – Grade 1
    Length of Program: 45 minutes
    Cost: $50 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/7 chaperones)
    State Correlations:  S.IP.00.14, S.IP.00.15, S.IP.00.16

    How do you measure up?  Are you as tall as a tiger?  Do you have paws as big as a polar bear?  Students will use non-standard measurement to explore the amazing diversity of animal size.

    Animal Size

    Audience: Kindergarten – Grade 1
    Length of Program: 45 minutes
    Cost: $50 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/7 chaperones)
    State Correlations:  S.IP.00.14, S.IP.00.15, S.IP.00.16

    How do you measure up?  Are you as tall as a tiger?  Do you have paws as big as a polar bear?  Students will use non-standard measurement to explore the amazing diversity of animal size.


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    Animal Needs

    Audience: Kindergarten
    Length of Program: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: K-LS1-1, LS 1.C

    What do animals need to survive? How does the Zoo meet the needs of the animals that live here? This station-based class will help your participants explore the care Zoo animals receive.

    Animal Needs

    Audience: Kindergarten
    Length of Program: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: K-LS1-1, LS 1.C

    What do animals need to survive? How does the Zoo meet the needs of the animals that live here? This station-based class will help your participants explore the care Zoo animals receive.


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    Life Cycles

    Audience: Grade 1
    Length of Program: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 1-LS1-2, LS1.B

    What does the life cycle of a butterfly look like up close? Participants will have the opportunity to study and enact the life cycle of a butterfly.

    Life Cycles

    Audience: Grade 1
    Length of Program: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 1-LS1-2, LS1.B

    What does the life cycle of a butterfly look like up close? Participants will have the opportunity to study and enact the life cycle of a butterfly.


     

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    Web of Life

    Audience: Grade 5
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 5-LS2-1, LS 2-A, LS 2-B

    See what lies beneath the surface of the water through this hands-on science exploration experience. Participants will take water samples from a lake on Zoo grounds and investigate how the aquatic food chain works in Michigan’s freshwater systems. This program is only offered September to October and March to June.

    Web of Life

    Audience: Grade 5
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 5-LS2-1, LS 2-A, LS 2-B

    See what lies beneath the surface of the water through this hands-on science exploration experience. Participants will take water samples from a lake on Zoo grounds and investigate how the aquatic food chain works in Michigan’s freshwater systems. This program is only offered September to October and March to June.


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    Conservation Project: Eagles

    Audience: Grade 5
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 5-LS2-1, LS 2-A, LS 2-B

    Participants will go back in time to the 1950s and take steps to solve the mystery of the declining population of young eagles.

    Conservation Project: Eagles

    Audience: Grade 5
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 5-LS2-1, LS 2-A, LS 2-B

    Participants will go back in time to the 1950s and take steps to solve the mystery of the declining population of young eagles.


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    Conservation Project: Wolves

    Audience: Grade 5
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-4

    Isle Royale, an island located in Lake Superior, has a dwindling population of wolves. Participants will take a close look and investigate the causes of this population collapse.

    Conservation Project: Wolves

    Audience: Grade 5
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-4

    Isle Royale, an island located in Lake Superior, has a dwindling population of wolves. Participants will take a close look and investigate the causes of this population collapse.


    Detroit Zoo - Education Programs

    Alternative Dissection

    Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    NGSS:  MS-LS1-3

    Each year, millions of animals are dissected in schools. The Detroit Zoo offers a fun and interactive alternative. Come and experience animal “dissection” in a fun, hands-on way! Our Humane Science Lab is equipped with everything you need to participate in a full, alternative frog dissection without harming any animals.

    Alternative Dissection

    Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    NGSS:  MS-LS1-3

    Each year, millions of animals are dissected in schools. The Detroit Zoo offers a fun and interactive alternative. Come and experience animal “dissection” in a fun, hands-on way! Our Humane Science Lab is equipped with everything you need to participate in a full, alternative frog dissection without harming any animals.


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    Zoo Habitat Design

    Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

    Come to the Zoo with your art, engineering and science skills ready! Students will explore the Arctic Ring of Life and use this habitat as a case study before designing their own zoo habitat.

    Zoo Habitat Design

    Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

    Come to the Zoo with your art, engineering and science skills ready! Students will explore the Arctic Ring of Life and use this habitat as a case study before designing their own zoo habitat.


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    Zoo Careers

    Audience: Grade 9 – Grade 12
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    State Correlations:  Educational Development Plan – Career Exploration

    Do you belong in a zoo? Discover the array of fascinating zoo job opportunities that encompass a variety of career fields. Even if science is not your chosen field, there may be a place for you!

    Zoo Careers

    Audience: Grade 9 – Grade 12
    Length of Program: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
    State Correlations:  Educational Development Plan – Career Exploration

    Do you belong in a zoo? Discover the array of fascinating zoo job opportunities that encompass a variety of career fields. Even if science is not your chosen field, there may be a place for you!

  • Donor-funded Day at the Zoo Application

    Detroit Zoo - Day at the Zoo
    The Detroit Zoological Society’s Day at the Zoo (DATZ) is a donor-funded, education program designed that ensures local students have the opportunity to experience the Detroit Zoo. Spaces are limited.

    The DATZ program includes:

    • Admission for students plus one adult chaperone for every seven students
    • Stipend for bus transportation
    • Nutritious lunches for registered students and adults
    • Age-appropriate learning activities

    Application

    The application period is closed at this time; please check back in January 2018 for the next application period.

    For more information about educational opportunities at the Detroit Zoo, click here.  Thank you for considering the Detroit Zoo for your students’ learning experience.