We are pleased that you have chosen the Children's Zoo for an exciting adventure this year! We are the premier place in the Great Lakes Bay Region for entertaining and educating children. Please keep the following information in mind when planning your trip to ensure a great experience.

Group Admission Policy

Group rates are available to groups of 10 or more, by reservation only.  

Please schedule your field trip with us in advance. We often have many groups visiting on the same day; scheduling in advance qualifies you for group admission and ride rates and helps ensure a smoother entry process for all.  Call (989) 759-1408 to schedule your field trip.

Group Admission:  $3.50 per person*Busses unloading students  Zoo Members enter for free, but one of the named adults must be present with membership card and ID for entry.

*Please Note:  1 free teacher per 20 students.

Ride Tickets:  $1 per person, per ride
Unlimited Wristband:  $5 per person


Group Registration Form


Registration forms must be printed and filled out with the correct number of children, adults, free teachers, and rides BEFORE arriving at the Zoo.  If the form is not filled out, it will delay entry into the Zoo for your group.

For more information or to make a group reservation, please call (989) 759-1408. 

Attention Teachers!!

The Zoo is now offering a self-guided scavenger hunt for classes! Please note that groups interested in the program must print materials in advance. Teachers are responsible for visiting our website for supplement materials and making adequate copies for students. This program is intended for students Kindergarten through 5th grade.  

Your group leader or contact person is responsible for payment of the entire party. Parent chaperones must be included in this payment to receive the group rate. (Please note: parents paying individually will be charged regular adult admission price, and will cause your group's admission to be delayed.)

Busses arriving at the Zoo 

Chaperones – To ensure a safe and positive Zoo experience for you and all our guests, as well as the safety of our animals, we ask that you bring a minimum of one (1) adult for every five (5) children to accompany children's groups. Six children will require two adults, etc.

Upon arrival, please have your bus pull up to the front gate of the Zoo. One adult, usually the group leader, is then required to report to the admission booth with the group payment. A greeter will meet your group on the bus to explain the Zoo rules. If your group is traveling by car, please gather your group and have children sit if possible.  Do not block the front entrance.  When orientation is finished, a staff member will lead your group to the front gate to enter the Zoo.

Eating at the Zoo – You are welcome to enjoy your sack lunch in our picnic area inside the Zoo. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis. For the safety of our animals, please avoid bringing glass or aluminum containers and drinking straws into the Zoo.

Courtesy and Safety Staff member going over rules with students

The Zoo is a fun place to be, especially when our guests respect the Zoo and each other. Please review the following information with your students and chaperones before entering the Zoo:

  • Chaperones are to remain with, and supervise, their groups at all times.
  • If we see you smoking, we'll assume you're on fire and throw water on you ... just kidding. However, we are a non-smoking facility and we kindly ask that you refrain from smoking while on Zoo grounds.
  • Please do not cross the barriers or fences around exhibits.
  • Share your food with people instead of animals. People food can make our animals sick! Please do not feed the animals, including our roaming birds.
  • Help keep our exhibits safe and clean ... please do not throw anything into the exhibits, as this can be dangerous for the animals.
  • No one likes being picked on ... please do not chase, tease or yell at the animals.
  • We don't like sad goodbyes ... for the safety and enjoyment of all, guests who do not abide by these guidelines may be asked to leave.

We appreciate your cooperation and hope you have a great day at the Zoo!

Engraved Bricks

A Magical Pathway

The Zoo Brick Project began in 1998 as an ongoing fundraising effort to support the Zoo. Each brick is engraved with a custom inscription of the purchaser’s choice. The bricks are placed along the walkway and plaza encompassing the River Otter exhibit, Train Depot and Alligator exhibit.

Inscription Information

You must complete an inscription for each brick you purchase
Please feel free to copy this form if you wish to order multiple bricks
Punctuation and blank spaces are counted as characters
Inscriptions on this form will be automatically centered on the brick
Please follow the inscription specifications


The example below illustrates an inscription for a 4” x 9” brick. The inscription area is up to 3 lines, 12 characters per line. Small bricks are $40 each.

I N   H O N O R   O F  
  J O H N   S  M I  T H  


The example below illustrates an inscription for a 9" x 9" brick.  The inscription area is up to 5 lines, 13 characters per line. Large bricks are $250 each.

      I    N       H   O   N   O   R        O   F      
   J  O  H   N                
   S  M  I  T  H              

You will receive an acknowledgement letter and you will be notified once your brick has been completed. Please allow 2-4 months for completion of bricks. Orders received between late summer and early spring may not be placed until the Zoo reopens.

Please keep in mind that additional bricks ordered at the same time may be placed near or adjacent to each other in the walkway, should space allow. Due to the overwhelming response, we are unable to honor any special placement requests. The Saginaw Valley Zoological Society reserves the right to refuse any submission it deems unsuitable for the purposes described in this offer.

Click here to order your Engraved Brick today!

Read all about what's going on at the Children's Zoo!

 Winter 2011 Newsletter (PDF)

E-mail info@saginawzoo.com if you would like to have newsletters sent to your e-mail address.  You can opt out at any time by simply sending an e-mail with "Unsubscribe". 


Bring the Zoo Outreach Program to your school for an exciting education experience featuring live animals from the Children’s Zoo!

The Zoo Outreach Program brings live animals and biological artifacts to your classroom! Each presentation introduces your students to up to three of our animals for an up-close-and-personal glimpse into the animal kingdom. Students learn fascinating information about each animal and how they fit into the world around them. We will also share information about conservation and environmental issues related to the animals we bring and provide examples of how your students can help.

Each experience is exciting and interesting, filled with fun facts, trivia and fascinating stories about our animals and how they impact our lives. With our program, your students will have the opportunity to gain a new respect for the animal kingdom and increase their knowledge of environmental concerns in the world in which we live.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation if time permits. Animals can be scheduled for no more than 3 sessions per day. A reservation is required, along with a donation, according to the list of lessons available below.


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Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade ($100 per session, 30 minutes each)

2nd Grade ($100 per session, 45 minutes each)

3rd Grade ($100 per session, 45 minutes each)

4th Grade ($100 per session, 45 minutes each)

5th Grade ($100 per session, 45 minutes each)

6th and 7th Grades ($100 per session, 45 minutes each)

  • New lesson coming soon!

9th through 12th Grades ($100 per session, 45 minutes each)

Download and print the Outreach form (PDF)

If you are interested in bringing the Outreach Program to your classroom, please call us at (989) 759-1408 for availability and reservations. Complete the registration form and return it with payment, at which time your reservation will be confirmed.

Not a classroom, but have an event? The Zoo canl do that too. The Zoo will bring live animals and/or biological artifacts or a fun educational activity to your event. Call the Zoo at (989) 759-1408 to reserve a date and fill out the registration form.  

Copy to come.