Educational Field Trips

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Due to Covid-19 concerns and changes will not be booking field trips for April & May. Groups can visit on their own as regular guests during regular business days and hours.

We tentatively plan to offer field trips beginning June 2021.

Looking for something fun and educational? Big Joel's Safari provides Educational Field Trips for students of all ages. We love to teach people about our animals and our facility. Teaching is a tradition in the Clinger family, as both of Big Joel's parents are retired school teachers. So book your Field Trip today!
 

2021 Field Trip Information & Requirements 

  • Field trips can be scheduled on week days anytime we are open to the general public (no field trips on weekends).

  • Minimum of 20 participants required to book a field trip

  • Field trips must be scheduled in advance to get the field trip rate and feed.

  • We require a $50.00 non-refundable deposit to book

  • $7.00 per participant (students/ adults)Teachers & bus drivers free (does not include parent drivers)

  • Admissions must be paid in advance to teacher or person in charge and paid in one lump sum with the group before enteringAny parent arriving separately or paying separately will be charged regular admission price

  • First feed bucket is free and refills are an additional fee

  • Extra activities that cost such as rides are not included in the admission price.

To book your field trip please call (636) 745 3031. If no answer please leave a message and we will get back with you.


Field Trip Format

  • "Welcome" Presentation- Before exploring the park at your own pace, our staff will go over park rules and tips for a fun and safe visit with your entire group outside the park gates.

  • After the welcome your chaperones will be given a map to explore Big Joel's Safari and feed bucket

  • We have informational signs about each of animals and if you have further questions you will find staff members in the different areas of the park. They will be glad to tell you any facts or if they do not know they will refer you to someone who does.

  • Generally most groups on average spend one and half hours visiting the park. 

 What you the teacher & educator need to know (Must Read)

  • Please arrive on time. The time you are given when booking is your START TIME to enter the park and not your arrival time. So please have your group unloaded and organized to enter the park for the time you are given. Being late can delay your start time as priority will be given to other groups that are on time.

  • Directions! Please use our simple and easy written directions found here on our website to get to our park and not a GPS. Trust us on this one!

  • NO OUTSIDE FOOD IS ALLOWED IN THE PARK such as lunches & snacks. So plan accordingly, we have references for local parks to have lunch at for larger groups. We do have a small picnic area in the parking lot that is first come first serve.

  • BRING WATER! We are not allowed to let the public access our well water so there are no drinking fountains. We do have vending machines in the park.

  • Wheel Chair Accessibility: Please take into consideration that most of the walkways in the park are on natural terrain such as gravel and grass with some slight inclines.

  • Service Animals: For the safety of our animals, service animals are only allowed in our pavilion and entrance area in the park.

  • Food Allergies: Our feed that is given to you does not have "peanut or nut" products on the label, however feed mills for livestock do not operate in same manner as human food mills so we cannot guarantee it is 100% peanut free.

Participants & Chaperones Rules

Big Joel's Safari is a unique attraction where you get to be very up close and hands on with some of our species, even the ones you cannot touch more so than a traditional zoo visit that most are used to. So it very important that teachers and chaperones are diligent and involved in helping your students follow our rules to allow us to continue to offer this type of experience. These rules are in place for the safety of our animals and visitors alike.

  • Students are required to stay with chaperones at all times

  • Respect the animals. This means being quiet, calm, and no harassing the animals.

  • Obey all rules, signs, and staff members

  • Only feed animals the food you have been given & please read signs as many are on special diets

  • Do not throw feed at animals, pour it onto the ground, or pick up old feed off the ground as it is likely contaminated

  • Walk, do not run, on designated paths only

  • Please do not litter

  • Do not pick up or kick gravel. Anyone caught throwing rocks especially at the animals, will be asked to leave

  • Please leave flower beds, plants, and free roaming animals alone for all park visitors to enjoy

  • Be courteous and respectful of other visitors

 

Cancellation, Late, and Refund Policy: 

  • Inclement Weather Cancellation- Only Big Joel can authorize the cancellation of a field trip due to inclement weather as we are an outdoor facility and we will contact you if you are scheduled. Don't worry we keep a close eye on the weather at all times for our animal cares, so we are as concerned as you are.

  • If you decide to independently cancel your trip without contacting us, no refund or chance to reschedule will be given.

  • If your group is LATE in any way please call us immediately! Help us help you, we understand that things can happen, so the faster we know you are going to be late the more options we can come up with. We can reschedule if necessary depending on the situation.

  • If a group is late by more than a 1/2 hour past your scheduled arrive time and we have not been contacted by your representative we will assume your group is not coming and cancel.

  • If some your participants do not show up and you have prepaid you will be refunded in park passes for them to visit on their own 

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