Field Trip Program Eligibility

The Free Field Trip Program at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is a grant-funded program for Maryland school groups, PreK through grade 12. Public schools, private schools, Head Start programs, and homeschool groups are all eligible for the program. Requests for field trip reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

After submitting a reservation request, home schools and licensed day cares may be asked to supply documentation that verifies their status (e.g., a letter from the local school system, an umbrella card, homeschool review, state license).

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

  • Camps
  • Scout groups
  • Family programs (e.g., Recreation and Parks programs, Infant and Toddler programs)
  • School groups from outside Maryland
  • College groups

These groups can, however, may qualify to receive a discounted group rate by booking their trip through our Group Sales Department.


The last day for the 2016-17 free field trip program will be June 16, 2017. For-credit summer schools are welcome to email to determine their eligibility for free summer field trips.

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