FREE Virtual Field Trips for Maryland Schools

Through generous grant funding and private foundation support, the Zoo is pleased to offer free virtual field trips for Maryland schools! These 30-minute experiences combine video footage with live presentation to engage students with the Zoo and its inhabitants. Different themes are available, and you are welcome to book more than one Virtual Field Trip during the school year.

  • Animal Giants: Learn more about some magnificent giants who share our planet. (Recommended for elementary students)
  • Small But Mighty: Learn about how even small animals can have a big impact! (Recommended for elementary students)
  • Animal Superpowers: All animals have superpowers! Learn about how some species use their superpowers to survive in their environments. (Recommended for elementary students) – Coming Soon!
  • Protecting Wildlife: Learn about how we can all help protect animals and their habitats. (Recommended for middle school and above) – Coming Soon!

Please read the sections below carefully before you book your virtual field trip:

How many people can participate in the virtual field trip?

Virtual Field Trips are made possible by generous grant and foundation support for Maryland students as part of their regular school day. A minimum class size for this experience is 10 students. The maximum number of students that can participate in a Virtual Field Trip session is 150. For the best experience for your students, including the opportunity to ask questions of their Virtual Field Trip Guide, we recommend limiting the session to one class (around 25 students).

What information do I need to have in order to book my virtual field trip?

To book your Virtual Field Trip, you will need to know the total number of students, the number of teachers, and the number of IEP-mandated 1:1 assistants who will be participating. You will also be asked to choose a date and start time from those available.

Is it possible to reschedule my virtual field trip?

If openings are available, we are happy to reschedule your virtual field trip. After booking, you will receive information on how to contact the Zoo’s Conservation Education & Engagement Department if you need to update your numbers or change your date.

What platform does the Zoo use for Virtual Field Trips?

The Zoo typically hosts virtual programming through Zoom. If you are required by your school to use a different platform, the teacher will need to host the session and invite the Zoo’s Virtual Field Trip Guides as visitors/meeting attendees (depending on your platform).

I want to book a Virtual Field Trip for spring instead. When can I do that?

We are currently limiting Virtual Field Trip planning to the fall only. We recommend checking back in this section of the Zoo website in early 2021 for information about educational offerings for spring.

Book a virtual field trip

For more detailed information about Virtual Field Trips, check out our Virtual Field Trip FAQs.

Not a Maryland school group, but still looking for a virtual field trip experience? Visit our Virtual Tours page!