Organized Group Registration

Registration Deadline: Groups must register a minimum of two weeks in advance from date of visit. Groups reserving less than two weeks in advance will not be eligible for a group discount.

If group attendance falls below 25 total participants, the group will no longer qualify for the discounted rate and general admission rates will apply.

Payment: Groups must pay in advance or prior to entering the zoo. The group must enter the zoo at the same time and pay in one lump sum to receive the group rate.

Payment method: Cash, Check, and Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).

For questions please call 269.979.1351 or email cvanderweele@binderparkzoo.org.

Day of Your Visit - Arrival

Please keep your group on the bus or wait together outside the admission gate until released by zoo staff.

Group leaders, bring your completed worksheet and check in at the admissions gate. 

Please make sure arrival, lunch (if applicable) and departure times are shared with your group leaders.

Day of Your Visit - Safety

We request all minors in your group to have nametags with the following information:

  • Name of the organization
  • Emergency contact information.
  • The name of the minor does not need to be included on the tag.

Groups will be provided wristbands; all members of the group must wear their wristband while in the Zoo.

Guests must follow all Zoo rules and guidelines during their visit. Failure to observe rules may result in dismissal.

Unauthorized feeding of animals and chasing, teasing or touching animals is strictly prohibited.

Binder Park Zoo follows the Code Adam protocol, if a child goes missing inform anyone in a zoo uniform. 

Please remind your group to look for a zoo employee if they should get lost.

Day of Your Visit - Food

Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside the zoo, please plan accordingly. 

Catering and group meals can be ordered through our restaurants. Please contact our general manager of food and retail at 269-979-1351 or mgarcia@binderparkzoo.org for information and pricing.

Picnic pavilions are located on the grounds of the Zoo. For more information on renting a pavilion for your group, please contact our assistant operations manager at 269-979-1351 or ctobin@binderparkzoo.org

Day of Your Visit - Rides

The Zoo is home to:

  • Binda Conservation Carousel – a one-of-a-kind wooden carousel featuring 36 colorful, hand-carved animal figures.
    • $3 per person.
    • Children under age 2 ride free with a paid adult.
  • Z.O. & O. Railroad – a miniature locomotive pulls open-air cars through a 1.5-mile nature loop.
    • $3 per person
    • Children under age 2 ride free with a paid adult

Day of Your Visit - Wild Africa

No visit to Binder Park Zoo is complete without a trip to Wild Africa! Here’s a few pointers for your adventure:

  • Getting there: the Wilderness Tram transports guests to/from Wild Africa at no charge. Guests may also choose to walk the .5 mile trail to and/or from Wild Africa.
  • Twiga Overlook: Experience the thrill of hand-feeding a giraffe! Cost is $2 for one lettuce snack or $8 for five lettuce snacks.

Rescheduling/Refunds/Cancellation

Binder Park Zoo does not issue rain checks, passes, or refunds due to inclement weather.

If you need to reschedule your visit, please contact us at 269-979-1351 or cvanderweele@binderparkzoo.org

Binder Park Zoo is located 3 miles south of I-94 exit 100

DETROIT

I-94 W to exit 100

3 miles south

 

GRAND RAPIDS

US 131 S to I-94 E t to exit 100

3 miles south

 

CHICAGO

I-94 E to exit 100

3 miles south

 

LANSING

I-69 S to I-94 W  to exit 100

3 miles south

 

FT WAYNE

I-69 N to I-94 W to exit 100

3 miles south

 

SOUTH BEND

US 33 N to I-80 E to US 131 N to I-94 E to exit 100

3 miles south