The Hutchinson Zoo is free, but a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family helps fun zoo improvements. .
What are the Zoo hours?
The Zoo is open 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM daily; we are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
The Gift Shop is open during regular zoo hours Monday through Saturday; Sunday it is open from 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM.
Is there a concession stand and can I bring outside food?
The Gift Shop has drinks and packaged snacks available for purchase.
Outside food and beverages are permitted, but please make sure to clean up your trash.
How long does it take to tour the zoo?
On average, it takes about an hour to walk through the zoo. If you want a longer visit, plan to ride the train or play in the Dino Dig!
When does the train run?
During the school year the train runs primarily on weekends.
During the summer the train runs daily.
Call ahead to check the schedule if you are planning to ride the train; all train rides are weather permitting.
Are pets allowed in the Zoo?
We only allow service animals in the zoo, and proper documentation must be shown.
Why should I buy a membership?
Although we are a free zoo, members get added benefits such a discount in the gift shop, free or reduced admission to zoo events, and free or reduced admission to other AZA zoos.
Membership funds allow the zoo to make continued improvements such as updated attractions, exhibit renovations, and new exhibits.
How many people can I list on my family membership card?
A family membership includes two named adults and any children under 18 living in same household.
How do I renew my membership?
When your membership is about to expire, you will receive a renewal letter in the mail. You can return the form along with a check in the mail, come into the gift shop, or pay online to renew your membership.
Volunteer Opportunities FAQ
How old do you have to be to volunteer at the zoo?
You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without an adult.
Children ages 12-15 may volunteer with a responsible adult (over the age of 18).
Can I get court-ordered community service hours at the zoo?
No. All volunteers must pass a criminal background check to be considered.
I need community service hours for school, what can I do?
In most cases, the zoo is unable to accommodate requests for short-term volunteer assignments with the exception of volunteers for special events.
If you have a group in need of hours, however, contact Jessica to schedule a group service project.