Our Zoo is a great place for school groups, scout troops, church groups, retirement communities or any group to visit. The following apply for all groups.
A minimum of 10 people are required to receive a group discount.
For groups with children, we require 1 adult chaperone for every 10 children. FREE admission is granted for 1 adult for every 5 paid students.
To schedule, download a Field Trip Reservation Form and email or fax it to email@example.com or 540-343-3241 x5. Once a field trip has been scheduled and confirmed, you will received this helpful guide for preparing for your field trip.
Want to make your field trip experience more exciting for the students? Consider adding one of the following premium options to your field trip. These add-ons do require confirmation and scheduling from our Education Department. While you may request these programs online, they are not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from the education department.
Mill Mountain Zoo offers two options for Guided Tours - Habitats, Animal Needs and Adaptations and Threatened and Endangered Species. Please read the guidelines for Guided Tours before selecting this as an option.
Tours Cost an additional $40 per tour.
· A Guided Tour is approximately 45 minutes long.
· Due to an inability to lead large groups throughout the Zoo, Guided Tours are limited to 16 students.
· Larger groups may be accommodated by breaking classes into smaller groups and doing 2-3 back-to-back tours (3 tours is the maximum in one day).
· Guided Tours are for grades K-6 and are not appropriate for preschool youth.
The Habitat, Animal Needs and Adaptations Tour is targeted for SOL lessons in grades K through 6.
The Threatened and Endangered Species Tour is targeted for SOL lessons is grades 3 through 6. This tour also has a post-visit packet that teachers can use in the classroom after visiting the Zoo.
Please contact the education department at firstname.lastname@example.org for specifics about the SOLs covered by these tours.
Students get an up close and personal look 2 of our education animals during this private program in our amphitheater. The program lasts approximately 30 minutes. Our amphitheater seats approximately 70 students.
Animal Programs cost an additional $35 per program.
Zoo Choo Tickets
The Zoo Choo is Mill Mountain Zoo's iconic miniature train. The train takes two trips around the outside of the exhibit area and lets students see animals from a different vantage point. By adding on the Zoo Choo ride, students will have a private ride that only consists of your group.
Zoo Choo Tickets cost $2 per person and must be purchased in advance to guarantee an exclusive ride.
Where in the world!?!
Travel the world using the animals at Mill Mountain Zoo! Children and caregivers will follow clues on a scavenger hunt around the zoo as they learn fun facts about the animals, including where they come from. As the children and chaperones travel the globe, they can stamp each country they visit in a special passport they make at the start of the program.
This program is for ages 4-8 to attend with parents or caregivers. Make sure that you have at least one adult for every 5 children to assist the children with the clues for the scavenger hunt portion of the program.
For more information or to check dates for availability, please call or email Bambi Godkin at 540-343-3241 ext. 5 or email@example.com. Once date is selected, download the REGISTRATION FORM and return it to the zoo with full payment. Groups must have a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 children. Cost for the program is $15 per child and $5 per adult attending.