We are so excited to bring all of your booking needs for the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo to one place! Here you will find available times & dates for birthday parties, field trips, summer camps, & our BRAND NEW volunteer/docent program!
A deposit is required for birthday parties & summer camps and may be paid at the zoo ticket office or by calling 318.329.2400.
Make plans to celebrate your child’s next birthday at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo. It’s the wildest party in town!
Price: Cost for up to 20 people plus a train ride: $150 (Member Price – $135)/$75 Deposit Fee (Member Deposit Fee – $68)
There is an additional charge per person fee for any guests over the 20 maximum.
Party Times/Sizes: Birthday parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY at 10:30-12:00 or 2:00-3:30.
Tidbits: We do not allow balloons, straws, or bouncy balls as they present a risk to our animals.
You are welcome to bring any decor or food you would like... but your party will only last for 1.5 hours! YOUR PARTY WILL END AT ITS SCHEDULED TIME REGARDLESS OF YOUR ARRIVAL TIME.
You may come 30 minutes prior to your party to set up/decorate.
Bring your school or organization for a field trip to the zoo!!
Field trips can include boat rides, train rides, education programs and/or budgie feeding encounters. After booking the time and date, we will contact you to set up the particulars of your field trip to make it fit the needs of your group. The earlier you schedule, the more likely you are able to get the times you want the most!
Field trips begin at 9 AM. The pavilion is available for students to eat lunch upon request.
We will be offering different camp times and themes from June 5th to August 4th for kiddos 4-13 Each camp will be from 9-4:00 on the days below. Early drop-off (after 8:00 AM) and late pickup (until 5:00 PM) are available at an additional cost. Lunch and T-shirt are included.
Check the descriptions and age groups below:
June 5th-9th Storybook Safari
June 26th-30th Wild Wardrobe
July 24th-28th Superman-imals
June 12th-16th Fantastic Fliers
July 10th-14th Paws, Claws, and Jaws
July 31st- August 4th Snakes Alive!
June 19th-23rd It’s Showtime
July 17th-21st Artistic Animals
Fridays will be SPLASH PAD days, so don't forget your child's swimsuit, beach towel, and change of clothes!
Price: $150 for Non-Zoological Society Member
$125 for Zoological Society Member
Campers may be dropped off early for an additional $15 per week. (starting at 8:00 AM)
Campers may be picked up late for an additional $15 week. (until 5:00 PM)
**A $75 non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve a spot. To pay over the phone, call the Zoo Front Office at 318.329.2400.
Please do a separate form for each camper/date.
Further questions? Text/call Danny Spinks at 318.331.0655
Volunteer & Docent Program
One of the many ways you can support our animals is by volunteering your time! We have many ways you can give your time.
Make sure you are following us on Facebook in the “Quit LION around... the Monroe Zoo needs YOU!” group.
We schedule volunteer days quarterly that involve gardening, building, painting and repairs to animal exhibits. There is always a need for help around the zoo!
We encourage community organizations to plan projects that will benefit the LPG&Z, then present the plan to the zoo director for approval. Once approved, a date can be set for your group to implement your plan. Some examples include Garden Club and Eagle Scout projects that enhance the zoo.
Guest Engagement Volunteer Team Roles
Guest Engagement Teams work together to ensure the safety of guests and animals and to help connect guests with the natural world and support the zoo's conservation education mission.
Greeter Docent– Welcome guests to zoo attractions and exhibits. Remind guests to follow the zoo rules and notify zoo staff if any animal or guest’s welfare is at risk.
Minimum time commitment: 40 Hours annually
Guide Docent – Help guests find their way around the zoo’s attractions and exhibits. Be on the lookout for guests and animals that may be stressed and notify zoo staff.
Minimum time commitment: 80 Hours annually
Artifact Interpretive Docent – With the help of zoo staff, develop and present interpretive exhibitions at selected exhibits.
Minimum time commitment: 120 Hours annually
Live Animal Interpretive Docent – With the help of zoo staff, develop and present interpretive exhibitions for selected animals and exhibits.
Minimum time commitment: 160 Hours annually
Volunteer QuickStart (approx. 15 minutes)
Greeter (approx. 1 hour)
Guide (approx. 4 hours)
Docent (approx. 16 hours, plus 4 hours per exhibit)
Keeper Helper (approx. 40 hours plus 20 hours per exhibit)
**Must be 18+ to participate in the Volunteer & Docent Training Program.**