Group Reservation Policies
Group Reservations are available to schools in session with students in grades Pre-K through 12.
Groups must consist of a minimum of ten (10) students.
Reservations must be made two (2) weeks before the day you would like to visit. Reservations are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To cancel or make changes to your group reservation, please contact the Reservation Clerk at least 72 hours before your visit by calling (505) 764-6200.
Reservations are not accepted months in advance.
Parking for buses going to the Zoo is available across the street at Tingley Park. Buses going to the Aquarium/Botanic Garden should park in the lot at Tingley Drive and Central.
Groups must consist of a minimum of ten (10) students. For every five (5) students one (1) adult chaperone is required. If your numbers change, please continue to adhere to the five-to-one ratio.
Teachers of high school students may not assign persons under the age of nineteen (19) as chaperones. Chaperones are responsible for their group of five students. Chaperones should remain with the students.
Teachers and bus drivers do not receive free admission to the BioPark. Please include yourself, other teachers and the bus driver, if they are joining you, in your adult count.
In order to qualify for a group discount, your party must enter together. You may not pay in advance for students, chaperones, faculty or family members who will be arriving late.
Full admission will be charged for anyone who does not enter with the school group.
Each school group application must be processed separately. Before arriving at the cashier's booth, please have an accurate count of the number of students, adults and children under 2 years and younger in your group.
Please have your form of payment collected, counted and available to the cashier when you approach the window.
Payments may be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Check, Money Order, Purchase Order or Cash. If you are paying with cash, please expect delays.
The cashier is required to count all bill and coin payments.
If paying for your group visit with a pre-cut check, please remember that cashiers are not authorized to give cash back for more than $50.
If members of your group have a Zoo or Aquarium/Botanic Garden membership do not include them in your count of students or adults.
Zoo Society or Aquarium/Garden Friends member admission requires a separate transaction from the group admission. Member admissions cannot be included as part of the 5-to-1 ratio required for the school group discount.
Once you have paid for your group, you will receive wristbands to distribute to your students and chaperones. The wristbands are your ticket for entry and re-entry to the Park.
You will receive the exact number of wristbands for which you have paid.
Groups may bring their own lunches, but glass is not permitted. There are no refrigerated storage facilities on-site. Picnic tables are available on a first-come-first served basis.
Groups with special-need students should contact (505) 764-6200 to make accommodations.