Visit the Zoo for a school field trip!

Through generous grant funding and private foundation support, the Zoo is pleased to offer free admission this school year to Maryland students visiting the Zoo on a field trip with their schools. This Free Field Trip Program also extends free admission to chaperones in the ratio of one (1) adult for every eight (8) students. IEP-mandated 1:1 assistants are admitted free through this program to provide their assigned student with the needed support. The table provides additional information on which visitors are free with a field trip group.


Who is visiting with the field trip? Admitted free? Tell me more!
Student Yes! Grant funding covers admission for Maryland students visiting with their class on a field trip!
IEP-mandated 1:1 assistant Yes! The Zoo permits free admission for these legally required supporting adults. This category does not include classroom assistants or “assistant teachers.”
Teacher or other school staff Maybe Admitted free if they are part of the required 8:1 ratio of children to adults. Otherwise, they can receive a discounted admission rate of $17.
Parent/ Guardian Maybe Admitted free if they are part of the required 8:1 ratio of children to adults. Otherwise, when included in the Entry Pass and entering with the field trip group, they can receive a discounted admission rate of $17.
Non-student child, age 2-11 No E.g., sibling of a student in the visiting class. When included in the Entry Pass and entering with the field trip group, these children can receive a discounted admission rate of $13. Children 12 and up receive a discounted rate of $17.

Is My School Eligible?

Please read the sections below carefully before you book your field trip:
What information do I need to have in order to book my school field trip?

You will need to provide the number of students and (required) chaperones at the time of booking. You will be asked to choose both a first choice date and a second choice. If you have others who will be accompanying the field trip groups beyond the students and the required chaperones, you will need to indicate those numbers as well. Admission fees for these individuals will be due at the time your group enters the Zoo gates.

Are there any discounts for parents/guardians who want to come on a field trip?

Extra adults and children accompanying the field trip group are eligible to receive the group sales rate. With your confirmation materials, you will receive an estimate of the fees due based on the numbers you provide in your registration form.

Parents/guardians who are Zoo members may use their membership to reserve their tickets as usual through the timed ticketing system. You should not include them in your count for the field trip reservation.

Is it possible to change my field trip date or adjust my numbers once I have booked?

Yes, as part of your field trip confirmation materials, you will receive information on how to contact our Visitor Services team if you need to update your numbers or change your date.

My school is not eligible for a free field trip, what now?

If your group is 15 or more people, please make a reservation via our Group Reservations page.

Book a Field Trip Now


Please email fieldtrips@marylandzoo.org, or contact the Visitor Services team at 443.992.4585 with further questions. Click here to purchase a Zoo membership.