School and Teacher Programs

Special Opportunity!

Click here to learn about a free ZOOlab opportunity for Baltimore City middle schools students.

School and Teacher Programs

Did you know the Maryland Zoo has FREE admission for pre-registered Maryland school groups? See the details in the “FREE Field Trip” description below!


Click Here to Reschedule Your Field TriP

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

Please note that the following groups are NOT eligible for the free field trip program:

  • Camps
  • Scout groups
  • Recreation and Parks programs
  • Infant and Toddler programs
  • Family programs
  • School groups from outside Maryland
  • College groups

These groups may, however, qualify to receive a discounted group rate by booking their trip through our Group Sales Department: 443-552-5277

School and Teacher Programs Brochure

School Brochure 16-17

The 2016-17 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 Field Trip for Maryland Students

Immerse your students in the world of science, math, and reading, and other subjects with a free self-guided field trip.  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, non-student children can attend at a cost of $8 per child. From August 26, 2016, until June 17, 2017, 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 schools and daycare facilities through the Zoo’s Group Sales Department. Please note: Between June 19, 2017, and August 24, 2017, 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 19, 2017, through August 24, 2017. From June 17, 2016 through September 1, 2016, all day care and summer camp groups will need to contact our Group Sales Department. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s free field trip program is made possible by the Maryland State Department of Education.

FREE Self-guided Zoo Treks

Focus your students’ learning while at the Zoo with one of our themed Self-guided Zoo Treks! Each of the themed Zoo Treks is correlated to Next Generation Science Standards and highlights eight species or exhibits that tie into the theme. Choose from Habitats, Adaptations, and Conservation themes. Click here to download versions of the themed self-guided treks for students in grades K through 12.

ZOO Introduction Programs

Kick off your group’s field trip with a 30-minute outdoor assembly program. Students will meet an Animal Ambassador from the Zoo’s teaching collection and will receive an excellent foundation for a day of learning and fun. Fee: $130 per program (program maximum of 60 students – Prepayment required)


Let the Zoo be your classroom! ZOOlab programs align with Next Generation Science Standards and Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards and combine hands-on projects with fun demonstrations and activities. Fee: $130 per program (program maximum of 25 students – Prepayment required) NOTE: ZOOlabs admit only 1 adult per 8 students 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. 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 education majors, schoolteachers, non-formal educators, group leaders and school administrators. Email us at for more information about scheduling a teacher training session at the Zoo or your school.

Other Resources

Click here to access resources to help meet curriculum standards while enriching your class visit to the Zoo

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

Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

Delaplaine Foundation

Howard County Government and the Howard County Arts Council

The John J. Leidy Foundation, Inc.

The Maryland State Department of Education

The M&T Charitable Foundation

Monumental City Bar Foundation

Northrop Grumman Foundation

PNC Foundation

SunTrust Foundation

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.