Field Trip Experiences

Field Trip Experiences

Field Trip Experience

Take learning to the next level!
Make your field trip a valuable learning opportunity by participating in a Field Trip Experience! Led by experienced Zoo educators, these programs include interactive STEAM and inquiry-based lessons, animal experiences, and mini treks in the Zoo.  Each program supports education standards, and enforces those you are already teaching in your classroom. Programs last approximately one hour, allowing plenty of time beyond the program to enjoy the Zoo.

Our Field Trip Experiences are offered from August through May of each school year.

Field Trip Experience Programs

Early Education (3-5 year olds)
Critter Coverings

Sharpen student investigation skills through the exploration of animal and plant coverings. How does an animal’s outside help it survive? What about plants? Students will use scientific tools and conduct simple experiments to explore how different outsides help living things survive. 
Standards: VI.A.1.a.- b., VI.A.2.a., VI.B.1.a-b., VI.E.1.a-b


Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Survival by Size

Challenge your students’ observational skills and explore the characteristics that make different animals unique. Students will compare themselves to some of their favorite animals and use non-standard measurements to discover how animal sizes act in favor for their survival.
Standards: SC.K.L.14.3, SC.K.N.1.1, SC.K.N.1.4, SC.K.N.1.5, SC.1.L.17.1, SC.1.N.1.1, SC.1.N.1.3, SC.1.N.1.4


2nd and 3rd Grade
CZI: Creature Zoo Investigation                                                                                                                                         
Let your students be a super sleuth in this Creature Zoo Investigation!  By analyzing the “clues” animals leave behind, students will practice identifying animals from their cells, tracks, scat, and more! Like scientists, students will learn how to identify other animal features such as bone x-rays, teeth, fur, feathers, and scales.

Standards: SC.2.L.17.1, SC.2.L.17.2, SC.2.N.1.1, SC.2.N.1.3, SC.3.L.15.1, SC.3.L.17.1 SC.3.N.1.6.


4th and 5th Grade
Wildlife  Trackers 
                                                                                                                                                               Learn how to investigate wildlife through observation and the use of technology! Explore the different techniques experts use in the field to determine the prey items eaten by the Great-horned owl, the movements of the Burmese python through the swamp, and the health of the elusive Florida panther. Students will work together to interpret wildlife movements through various habitats, and they will make inferences based on evidence the animals have left behind.

Standards: SC.4.L.16.2, SC.4.L.17.4, SC.4.E.6.5, SC.4.N.1, SC.5.L.17.1, SC.5.N.1.2, SC.5.N.1.3, SC.5.N.1.5, SC.5.N.1.6


Field Trip Experience Rate

Up to 30 individuals per program
 1 Program   $75 + Zoo admission


*All schools are required to fill out a School Visit Request Form and email it to [email protected].

Reservation Information

  • Programs must be booked at least three weeks prior to your desired visit date.
  • One adult is required for every 10 students/children attending the program.
  • Additional attendees must be included in the total individual count to attend the program.
  • Any attendees not included in the original count will not be able to attend the program.
  • Your program will begin 15 minutes after your set arrival time.

To secure a reservation date a deposit of the School or Non-school program cost is required, and will be used toward your final payment. To make payment via credit card, please contact the Education Department at 239-262-5409 ext. 158. To make payment via check, please make it out to Naples Zoo and mail it to 1590 Goodlette Rd. Naples, FL 34102. 

Late Arrival
If your group arrives after the scheduled start time, we will do our best to accommodate the group, however the program may need to be shortened or cancelled due to tardiness. No refund will be given for an abbreviated program or cancelled program due to late arrival.

Change of Reservation
Any changes to your group reservation must be approved by the Education Department at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit date. If your reservation date change is made less than two weeks prior to the scheduled visit date, the $50.00 deposit will be charged as inconvenience fee, and a new registration will need to be scheduled at least three weeks in advance, and will require a new deposit fee.

If you need to cancel your program, the cancellation notice must be given to the Education Department two weeks prior to the scheduled visit date. If cancellation notice is given less than two weeks from program date, the $50.00 deposit will be used as cancellation fee. If you do not attend the program on the date and time of your reservation, it will be considered a "No Show" and a refund will not be issued.

Rain Checks
Rain checks will not be issued for this program.

Education Department

Phone: 239-262-5409 ext. 158
Email: [email protected]

Field Trip Experience Resources

School Visit Request Form
Lunch Order Form

Chaperone Conduct Guidelines

Student Conduct Guidelines

Rules of the Wild

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