zoo occupies 20 acres. Teachers are encouraged to plan a theme tour
for their students.
Please call the zoos Education Department at (413) 583-8370
for further information and resource materials, or download an
form which can be opened with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
If you do not have it you can get it here.
Bus Parking: Bus parking is available on a limited basis. In the
interest of safety, bus drivers are asked to unload passengers and
park in designated areas only.
Rates for schools visiting the zoo are
rates are per person, and require advance written reservations and
a minimum of one chaperone for every six students. You may download
and print the reservation form below in the "Forms" section.
Chaperones must stay with students of all ages throughout their
zoo requires one adult (21 years or older) chaperone for every six
students regardless of age. Chaperones must stay with their students
during the entire zoo visit and monitor the groups conduct
at all times.
and chaperones will be held responsible for student conduct. Any
behavior that endangers the safety of zoo animals, staff or other
visitors will result in your group being asked to leave the zoo
and your school principal will be notified. After
you book your field trip, you will be sent copies of the zoo map.
Please make copies of the map and distribute to each chaperone.
Include on the map the location the students will use to
enter the zoo and details about time and location of the school
program. Be sure to note where the class will meet for lunch and
when and where the bus will depart to return to school.
name tagsno pins!
the health and safety of our animals, use stick-on tags or attach
name tags with yarn or string. Please include the students
name and school name.
The zoo makes an ideal lunch spot. Suggest to the students that
they pack lunches in recycled or recyclable containers. lunches are available for an additional fee.
Please call (413) 589-9883 to get a complete listing of selections
or to place an order. Two weeks advanced notice is required. Storage
for lunch containers is not available.
the Zoo Grounds
Prepare Your Students -
Discuss Zoo Rules!
from throwing food or objects into the exhibits.
tapping on glass or otherwise stressing the animals.
the volume of your voice low when near exhibits.
advantage of recycling and waste containers throughout the zoo.
with adult chaperones at all times.
Frisbees, balls, balloons or pets are allowed on the zoo grounds.
on designated paths, viewing areas and grassy areas.
& Found/First Aid
Children, parents or chaperones who become separated from one another
or have an emergency should ask for help from uniformed
are welcome to browse through the zoos gift store located
inside the Primate barn. Due to limited space, groups of
school children are allowed inside the store only when accompanied
by an adult in the ratio of one (1) adult for every three (3) students.
This ratio is strictly monitored.