Visitor Information

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School Field Trip Season

The Maryland Zoo is a popular field trip destination, especially in April, May and early June.  If you want to avoid the field trip crowds, plan your visit for Mondays or Tuesdays when there are generally less school groups.  Alternatively, most groups leave the Zoo around 1:00pm or 1:30pm, so you might want to visit in the Spring afternoons which are less crowded.

Giraffe Feeding Station

Daily, 11am-2pm, weather permitting. Stand eye-to-eye as you feed a giraffe at the Zoo’s Giraffe Feeding Station. $2 per branch of leafy browse. Click here to learn more.

Goat Grooming

10:30am – 3:30pm
Stop by the Goat Corral to brush African Pygmy and Nubian goats!  (Maryland Wilderness Farmyard)

Creature Encounters

Daily from 10:00am – 12:00pm and 12:30pm- 2:30pm
Stop by to see live Animal Ambassadors, investigate animal artifacts, and learn more about wildlife. During the winter and early spring season, visit Creature Encounters inside the Zoo’s Chimp Forest or Penguin Coast.  Click here to learn more.

Penguin Encounters

Daily at 11:00am & 2:00pm
See the Penguins, closer than ever! Take a 20-30 minute private tour with a keeper, complete with special photo opportunities and up-close penguin interaction in the new Penguin Coast exhibit. Click here to learn more.

Family Scavenger Hunt

Make your day at the Zoo a little more fun (and challenging)!  Take our Zoo Scavenger Hunt along with you.  See how many questions you can find the answer to. It’s a great way to get involved and make your visit even more educational.  Click here to download and print the Zoo’s Scavenger Hunt form.

Animal Training Demonstrations

Fridays through Mondays at 12:00pm at Creature Encounters
Join a Zookeeper from the Zoo’s Animal Embassy for a special public training demonstration.  Get an up close look at animals as they exhibit species-specific behaviors.  A great chance to ask questions and see something really wild.

Keeper Chats

Take advantage of the chance to ask questions about the animals or just chat with one of our expert keepers. (Chats last approximately 15 minutes). These educational encounters take place throughout the day at different exhibits around the zoo. Visit our Daily Events Schedule to see when and where you can attend a chat today.


Please note:  Due to the needs of our animals and the work required to care for them, keeper chats and wild encounters may not start precisely on time.  Every effort is made to ensure these programs begin on schedule.  All activities are weather and staff permitting and are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Public Programs

Learn something new every time you come to the Zoo by attending exciting and educational Public programs! Our Zoo educators hold a variety of programs, from puppet shows to overnight campouts, all designed to give participants the inside scoop on the species they love. Click to find the program for you!