Field Trip Planner

Welcome school groups! We are so excited you chose the Caldwell Zoo as your field trip destination. We hope you have a fun, educational, and safe time here at the zoo. On this page, you will find the answers to all of the questions you might have, field trip resources, and our school program offerings. Our school programs are a perfect add-on to any field trip experience and will enhance any curriculum!  We will provide your group with a fun and interactive presentation on zoo grounds. Programs are age-appropriate, hands-on learning experiences that incorporate Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Starting January 2020, reserve an educational program for your field trip!

School Programs

Available Topics

Moo, Quack, Hiss
This program allows students to channel their inner animal by unleashing their most ferocious roars and howls while learning all about animal communication.

Movin' Along
Kids will love getting the chance to slither like snakes and hop like kangaroos in this fun filled program all about how animals move.

Preschool programs include a story related to the topic and a chance for students to actively participate.

I Need It!
Students will learn all about animals' basic needs for survival through hands-on investigation of animal habitats.
TEKS Covered: 112.11 K9 B - examine evidence that living organisms have basic needs such as food, water, and shelter for animals and air, water, nutrients, sunlight, and space for plants
It's the Cycle of Life
Students will enjoy immersive activities to learn all about the cycle of life through the example of a frog.
TEKS Covered:
112.12 1.10 (C) - compare ways that young animals resemble their parents
112.12 1.10 (D) - observe and record life cycles of animals such as a chicken, frog, or fish
It's the Cycle of Life
Students will investigate the life cycle of insects through engaging games and activities.
TEKS Covered: 112.13 2.10 C - investigate and record some of the unique stages that insects such as grasshoppers and butterflies undergo during their life cycle 

It's the Cycle of Life
Students will learn to analyze the life cycles of different organisms and compare them using fun, cooperative activities.
TEKS Covered: 112.14 3.10 B - investigate and compare how animals and plants undergo a series of orderly changes in their diverse life changes such as tomato plants, frogs, and lady beetles
What's on the Menu?
Students will create their own life-size model food web and investigate connections within food webs.
TEKS Covered:
112.15 4.9 (A) -
investigate that most producers need sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to make their own food, while consumers are dependent on other organisms for food
112.15 4.9 (B) - describe the flow of energy through food webs, beginning with the Sun, and predict how changes in the ecosystem affect the food web
What's on the Menu?
Students will create their own life-size model food web and learn how to use this model to explore the delicate balance of ecosystems.
TEKS Covered:
112.16 5.9 (B) -
describe the flow of energy within a food web, including the roles of the Sun, producers, consumers, and decomposers
112.16 5.9 (C) - predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms, including humans, such as the overpopulation of grazers or the building of highways

Program Details

Each 30 minute program costs $20. Each class includes up to 30 students and 3 chaperones.

How to book a class:

  1. Fill out a group reservation form here.
  2. Request a program on the group reservation form.
  3. Zoo staff will call within a week to schedule your time and confirm your class reservation.
  4. You will receive an invoice to be paid on the day of your field trip.

Important Information for School Groups:

  • Caldwell Zoo reserves the right to contact school administrators if misconduct occurs from participants.
  • Chaperones should be with students at all times while visiting the zoo and managing their behavior. There should be at least 1 chaperone for every group of 10 students.
  • Please do not feed any animal. They are on special diets and anything you feed them could make them sick.
  • Stay behind all guard rails. They are there to protect you and the animals.
  • Please do not 'tease' our animals. Behaviors such as yelling at animals, banging on glass, or throwing items into exhibits will not be tolerated.
  • Please do not bring roller skates or roller blades, skateboards, scooters, or bicycles into our zoo.
  • Slam dunk the junk! Trash are widely accessible all around the zoo. Please pick up after yourself and help keep our space clean and safe for our animals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please call us at 903-593-0121 to check where to park. Our bus parking lot is located off Gentry Parkway near Sonic, but if there are not many buses coming at the same time, we may ask you to park in the general parking lot.
You are welcome to bring a lunch, however we do ask that school groups eat in our designated picnic areas located outside of the zoo if you are bringing your own food. These are either located at bus parking or at the entrance of the zoo at the top of the stairs. You are also welcome to utilize our newly renovated Chakula Cafe, located on our beautiful African Overlook. You are welcome to dine at our tables viewing African animals if food is purchased in the zoo.

Scavenger Hunts

Science TEKS: Kdg. 10A, First 10A, Second 10A, Third 10A, Fourth 10A, Fifth 10A

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Science TEKS: Kdg. 9B, First 9C & 10A, Second 9A, Third 10A, Fourth 10A, Fifth 9A

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Science TEKS: Kdg. 10A, First 10A, Second 10A, Third 10A, Fourth 10A, Fifth 10A

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Science TEKS: First 10A, Second 10A, Third 10A, Fourth 10A, Fifth 10A
Health TEKS: Kdg. 4A & 4B, First 4A & 4B

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Science TEKS: Kdg. 10A, First 10A, Second 10A

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Science TEKS: Kdg. 10A, First 10A

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