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Educational Field Trips


Looking for something fun and educational? Big Joel's Safari provides Educational Field Trips for students of all ages. 


To book your field trip please call (636) 745 3031. If no answer, please leave a message and we will get back with you. Online booking will not be available until our 2023 Season begins.


2023 Field Trip Availability

April 9th - May 26th = Monday, Thursday, & Friday

Groups with over 100 paying participants may be able to book on Tuesday or Wednesday

May 27th thru July 31st = every weekday

Fall Season = TBA

2023 Field Trip Pricing & Requirements


  • Minimum of 20 paying participants required to book.

  • $8.00 per participant. Teachers & bus drivers free (does not include parent drivers).

  • Must be scheduled in advance to receive field trip rate & feed.

  • Payment for all participants due prior to entry in one transaction. Late arrivals not paid for in the group transaction will be charged regular park rates.

Field Trip Admission includes:

  • Entry to the zoo

  • Animal Feed: For every 15-20 Participants you receive a feed bucket

  • Add on activities are not included with general admission and may not be available on weekdays

  • Bucket Refills are $25.00

Big Joel's Safari Field Trip Format!

  1. Upon Arrival we ask that teachers or organizers check in with the gift shop staff. Remaining staff & students should gather outside of the gift shop gates or buses.

  2. Welcome Presentation! Our staff will go over park rules and tips for having a fun & safe visit before entering the park

  3. Your group will enter with their teacher/ chaperone and that is when you will receive your feed bucket. Remember each feed bucket serves 15-20 participants so divide groups accordingly.

  4. Then you are free to explore the zoo at your leisure. For large field trips we will start groups in different sections to avoid overcrowding. Safari Staff members will be throughout the park to try and answer any questions you may haveThe average visit to Big Joel's Safari is 1 & 1/2 hours if taking a leisurely pace.


Info You Need to Know


  • Park Rules must be followed by all guests at all times. Please have all teachers and chaperones review this page and our park rules ahead of time.

  • Start on Time! This means your group is parked, unloaded, and organized ready to enter the park at the time you are given. To see our Cancellation/ Late Policies go to the bottom of this page.

  • No outside food allowed in Park (that means lunches & snacks). We do have a small picnic area in the parking lot area which is first come first serve.

  • Bring Water! We are not allowed to let the public access our well water. Vending machines are available in the park with water.

  • Animal Feed may not be divided & put into small plastic bags, "dixie" cups, or other containers other than Big Joel's Safari Souvenir cups or buckets. No exceptions as this is for the sole safety of our animals.

  • Don't know how to divide your groups for the best feeding experience? Well you are in luck. You only receive One feed bucket for every 15 - 20 participants. So if you have a group of 30, divide them in half making 2 groups because you are only getting two buckets. If you have 64 people you will be given 4 buckets

  • Wheelchair 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 for the animals does not have "peanut or nut" products on the label. However, Bulk feed mixers for livestock are not cleaned & operated in the same manner as human food mills so we cannot guarantee it is 100% peanut free

Cancellation, Late, and Refund Policy: 

  • Inclement Weather Cancellation- Only we can authorize the cancellation of a field trip due to inclement weather. We keep very good tabs on the forecast and weather so we will contact you if there is a concern. Independently cancelling your trip without contacting us will result in no refund or chance to reschedule.

  • If your group is LATE in anyway, please call us immediately! Help us help you, we understand that things can happen. The faster we know the more options we can come up with or possibly reschedule if necessary, depending on the situation. Being late by more than a 1/2 hour without contacting us will result in cancellation.

  • 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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