Brookfield Zoo

The Brookfield Zoo houses around 450 species of animals for groups to connect with. The zoo doesn’t use cages, but mimics natural habitats as a way of separating the animals. Field trips for Illinois schools are free every day. With the help of the zoo’s teacher resources, students can explore the zoo while learning about the different animals by themselves, and possibly even handling artifacts or seeing a live demonstration. Older students are encouraged to use science worksheets as they collect their own findings and learn about animal behavior. The Sleepover Safari program lets scouts and youth groups see what happens at the zoo at night with fun, educational opportunities like a night hike.
Contact Info 
Address: 8400 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Cook County. Tel: 708-688-8000. Email: Website: Hrs: Daily 10AM-5PM.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnights, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2+ hours. Cost: Free/Fee.
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies, Mathematics.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Zoo Lesson Plan

When you go to the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways animals adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them survive. Students act like scientists to observe animal life while focusing on the diets and eating habits.... Continue