Class Visits

Class Visits

There are two ways for school classes to visit Safari West...

A Field Trip at Safari West Enriches Your Students’ Learning Experience

Some lessons are learned more effectively when they are experienced up close and personal. That is why each year thousands of school children visit Safari West with their classmates and teachers to personally experience the wonders of nature through our educational field trips. This specially designed tour follows the guidelines of the California State Science Framework.

Safari West School Field Trips opens students’ eyes to fascinating new realms and the Safari West Wildlife Foundation is pleased and excited to provide need-based scholarships through the Discover Africa Program. All field trips emphasize conservation, biology, and ecological sciences through exposure to the wonderful world of animals and exotic wildlife. Interacting with the animals, be it looking eye to eye with the tallest of the earth’s creatures (giraffe), counting the spots on the fastest land animal (cheetah), or having been in the presence of one of the largest land animals that will go extinct in their lifetime (the white rhino); the experience opens doors to a life that benefits us all. The impact of these experiences on young minds, allow students to take away lifelong lessons that can’t be replicated in books, on television, over the Internet, or even in the classroom.

To book your Safari West School Field Trip call
(707) 566-3667 or (800) 616-2695.


Preparing for Your Visit

Making a Reservation

To book your Safari West School Field Trip, call (707) 566-3667 or (800) 616-2695. You may also email to inquire.  

Below is a list of items that students, teachers, and chaperones should bring (or wear) to the reserve. For pre-K, kindergarten, and special education groups, we ask that there be one adult chaperone for every five students. For other groups we ask that there is no more than one adult per seven to ten students.

What to bring/wear:

•   Layered outdoor clothing – comfortable T-shirt with a sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket and jeans or sweatpants
•   A windbreaker or parka if it is cool or windy
•   “Rain gear” in inclement weather
•   Hiking boots or tennis/athletic shoes
•   Sun screen and/or hat if it is sunny
•   Sack lunch (with drinks)
•   Tarps or blankets to use on grass area for lunches
•   Questions for your guide


Safari West Rules:

Before your visit, please share the following rules with your students and chaperones. These rules were developed to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests and our Safari West animals. When near the animals:

  •  Talk in a normal voice. This means no yelling, whistling, etc.
  •  Do not run - the animals could perceive this as a threat
  •  Refrain from doing anything that involves sudden movements, 
like waving arms, pushing others, or throwing things
  •  Always remain with your Safari West guide and stay the group.
  •  Stay back three feet from all fences
  •  We do not allow touching or feeding of the animals. They are considered wild.


Safari West Wildlife Foundation Scholarships

Discover Africa

While more than 15,000 students already visit Safari West during a school year, it is estimated that as many as another 5,000 are unable to attend due to financial limitations. In response to this need, Safari West Wildlife Foundation has introduced Discover Africa scholarship program, a free field trip for underserved youth. This program also follows the guidelines of the California State Science Framework.

The Safari West Wildlife Foundation is committed to giving at-risk students in our local counties and the Greater Bay Area an opportunity to participate in this wildlife experience. 

Since we started the Discover Africa program, we have been host to over 1,500 students annually. We look forward to increasing that number during the next school year. It is our hope that no school, regardless of its socio-economic level, will be denied such an experience.

To see if your school qualifies and to download an application visit our Discover Africa page.

All questions regarding Discover Africa including scheduling can be directed to