School and Teacher Programs

School and Teacher Programs

Did you know the Maryland Zoo has FREE admission for pre-registered Maryland school groups? See the details in the Self-guided Zoo Trek description below!


Contact the Education Department with any questions you may have: 443-552-5300

School and Teacher Programs Brochure


The 2013-14 School and Teacher Programs Brochure is here! Click to view. Download and print all the program information and get in-depth descriptions of programs available at the Zoo. Advance registration for all school programs is required.





FREE Self-guided Zoo Trek

Immerse your students in the world of science, math, and reading, and other subjects with a Self-guided Zoo Trek.  This interactive visit to the Zoo engages children with the animals and habitats of Africa and the sub-Arctic, as well as the caves, forests, meadows, and wetlands of Maryland.  Visits are enhanced by special Zoo Education Stations where students interact with knowledgeable Zoo educators, come face to face with Animal Ambassadors, and participate in hands-on activities designed to support Maryland curriculum requirements. Field trips are FREE for students of Maryland public, private and home schools, day care facilities and Head Starts. One adult (teacher or chaperone) enters free for every four Maryland students admitted. Additional children can attend at a cost of $8 per child. From August 26, 2013 until June 13, 2014, additional adults visiting with a pre-registered Maryland school will pay the following rates:


Reduced prices are available for community-based organizations and out-of-state daycare facilities and schools through the Zoo’s Group Sales Department. For current groups sales rates please visit our Group Sales page. Please note: Between June 15th, 2014 and August 24th, 2014 only for-credit summer and year-round public and private schools certified by MSDE will qualify for the Free Admission Program.  Summer camps do not qualify for free admission at any time.  Maryland day cares qualify for free admission throughout the school year EXCEPT June 15th, 2014 through August 24th, 2014. From June 15th, 2014 through August 24th, 2014, all day care and summer camp visitors entering with pre-registered groups will pay the group rate.The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s free Self-guided Zoo Trek field trip program is made possible by the Maryland State Department of Education.

ZOO Introduction Programs

Kick off your group’s Self-guided Zoo Trek with a 30-minute outdoor assembly program. Meet an Animal Ambassador and find out about life at the Zoo! Fee: $125 per program (program maximum of 100 students)

Guided Tours

Zoo Education Volunteers and educators lead students on a one-hour tour of Maryland WildernessPolar Bear Watch, or African Journey. Each tour includes short activities that engage students and reinforce presented concepts. Special topic requests can be accommodated with four weeks notice. Fee: $5/student (Prepayment required.) Dates: M-W, October, April and May; M–F, September, November, December, March, and June


Let us do the teaching with the help of Animal Ambassadors. ZooLab programs align with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards and combine hands-on projects with fun demonstrations and activities. Program content can be tailored to fit the needs of multi-aged groups. Fee: $125 per program (program maximum of 30 students – Prepayment required) Dates: M-F, September through December, and March through May NOTE: ZooLabs admit only 1 adult (chaperone or teacher) per 8 children due to space restrictions. Other accompanying adults can visit nearby exhibits during the program. Click here to see the entire list of programs

Climate Change Partnerships

This partnership program has been developed to encourage, facilitate, and support positive student actions related to climate change.  Through in-class activities and a special ZooLab at The Maryland Zoo, teachers and students become active agents in the fight against climate change. NOTE: All 2014 partnerships are full Click here to learn more about this program

Training/Professional Development Opportunities

The Zoo offers staff development, in-service and pre-service workshops throughout the year for teaching majors, schoolteachers, educators, group leaders and school administrators. Let our Education staff share with you a wild variety of hands-on and minds-on activities that will enhance your science and environmental curriculum in the classroom or during a Zoo visit. Call for more information about scheduling a teacher training session at the Zoo or your school.  Click to view our teacher training programs.

Education Materials

Click to download Activity Guides for grades 3 through 8 to use while exploring the Polar Bear WatchMaryland Wilderness, and African Journey exhibits. Pre- and post-visit activity sheets are available for grades K through 8. Math and Reading Comprehension classroom worksheets are available for grades K through 5. Education materials are correlated to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s School and Teacher Programs are generously supported by:

PNC Foundation
Sun Trust Banks, Inc.
Goldsmith Family Foundation
Delaplaine Foundation