Youth, School & Scout Programs
The zoo offers a living laboratory for lifelong learning at any age! Plan to bring your group to the zoo for a dynamic, engaging field trip. Add a custom program to suit your group’s academic and experiential needs. With a wide variety of experiences available, a trip to the zoo is guaranteed to meet your academic, as well as your student’s expectations for FUN.
Girl Scout Zoobilee 2023
November 4, 2023
Registration: Begins Sept. 11. Deadline is Oct. 20. Pre-payment is required by deadline.
To Register: Contact us at (812) 435-0809 or email@example.com
The Zoobilee is a special event hosted just for our local Girl Scout Troops. Scouts can freely roam to explore the Zoo together, and enjoy a multitude of fun and educational experiences that may contribute to their badges. Activities will be stationed throughout the Zoo, including interactive programs and demonstrations, ambassador animal encounters, zookeeper chats, animal feedings, and rides. Scouts are encouraged to participate with their troop, and wear troop uniforms or identification for the event. Please note badges are not completed nor provided.
Who: Girl Scouts in grades K-5
When: November 4, 2023
Zoo hours are 9am – 5pm
Zoobilee activities are 10am – 2pm
Where: Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden
1545 Mesker Park Dr.
How much: $20/scout*
*Includes: Scout zoo admission, programming, and amenities (6 tokens).
*No discount for family membership.
**Tag along siblings of the same age range are permitted for $20, but they are discouraged for larger troops of 15 or more. Recommended group size is 15-20, with a chaperone for every 10 kids.
***Adult admission is $9, or free for Zoo members. Adults are not charged for programming or provided tokens. Adult admission is free for up to 2 troop leaders for troops of 15 or more.
Tokens (6) will be provided for each Scout for their choice of any of the following amenities open to the public. More tokens can be purchased on-site. *These amenities are weather dependent.* Please see our website at www.meskerparkzoo.com for more information about all the Zoo has to offer.
- Penguin keeper chats: free @ 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily
- Penguin Feedings: 5 tokens @ 11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm daily while supplies lasts (limited to 25 fish per hour)
- *Giraffe Feedings*: 2 tokens @ 11am – 3pm daily while supplies last
- *Budgie Walkabout*: free entry, 2 tokens per feeding @ 10 am – 4 pm, seasonally when nighttime temps > 50 degrees
- Carousel Rides: 2 tokens @ 10am – 4pm daily; 1 handicapped accessible chariot
- Tram Rides: 2 Tokens for ALL DAY (Zoo members ride free); some handicapped accessible
NOTE: Dates for Cub Scout Zoobilee 2024 is still being determined. Call to inquire.
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**Please note** At this time, we do not have a granting process or program that allows for a reduced rate for group admission beyond the current discount. Organizations may request a different rate directly through the Parks Commission.