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Field Trips

A trip to the Zoo offers students a chance to learn about the world around them in a living classroom. Learn about the critically endangered Eastern Black Rhinoceros and why their horns have contributed to their demise. Discover how giraffes use their 18-inch-long tongues to get food. Find out how special markings called “follow me spots” help Amur Tiger cubs find their mothers in the forest. For a unique experience, add an animal encounter, which will allow your students to get up-close to two animal ambassadors.

Click here for a request form. Once you complete and submit the request form, we will contact you to confirm your reservation. Your Field Trip is not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email.

Field trips are available for schools, daycares, and home-school groups of all ages.   For daycares, summer camps, and other organizations, please use our Group Visit request form.   

*In order to streamline your check-in process and to provide good customer service for all our visitors, we are no longer able to accept Zoo memberships for field trips.   

For more information contact us at 605.367.8313 or email

Field Trip Request Form 

Please provide the number of attendees you expect, you will only be responsible for paying for those who come on the day of your trip.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.