We bring the Zoo to you!

Zoo to You are 30 or 45 minute programs featuring interactive activities and live animal presentations to a variety of audiences – schools, day care centers, libraries, camps, senior centers, and more. We look forward to sharing the wonder of wildlife and wild places with you, too! To ensure optimal welfare for the animals in our care, we travel within only a 10-mile radius of the Maryland Zoo.

Due to the educational nature of our program activities, Zoo visits are best suited for audiences focused on learning. Please note the Zoo does not travel to birthday parties or retail venues.

PROGRAM TIMES:
  • Wednesday: 10:30 am or 1:30 pm (ET)
  • Thursday: 10:30 am (ET)
PROGRAM LENGTH:
  • 30 – 45 minutes

PROGRAM PRICE:

  • $350 per private session

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE:

  • 50 people

ANIMAL AMBASSADORS:

  • 3 animals

ZOO TO YOU TOPICS

Big Book of Animal Tails (AGE 0-5)

Singing and storytelling bring bright, color­ful illustrations – as well as new vocabulary – to life in this program all about tails!

MOVE! (AGE 0-5)

Hop, slither, fly, let’s move like animals! Meet three of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors to discover how they move, too!

CHOMP! (AGE 6-12)

Ring the dinner bell to find out what animals like to eat! Meet three of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors and discover their favorite flavors.

Amazing Adaptations (AGE 6-12)

Learn about the amazing adaptations that enable animals to survive in their native habitats.

SAVING SPECIES (TEENS & ADULTS)

Discover how the Maryland Zoo is protecting endangered species both here at the Zoo and around the world.

Amazing Adaptations (TEENs & ADULTS)

Learn about the amazing adaptations that enable animals to survive in their native habitats.

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IMPORTANT GUIDELINES & INFORMATION

Presentation Requirements:

  • Maryland Zoo staff must be provided a legal parking space near the entrance to the facility.
  • Presentations must take place indoors in an enclosed space with doors and windows that can be shut. The temperature of the presentation space must be between 65 to 85˚F. The presentation space must be large enough to safely accommodate the audience while maintaining a 60 square foot space for the presenters. Due to strict quarantine policies, no other animals may be present in the presentation space.
  • Audience sizes are limited to 50 children for all programs. The facility must provide chaperones in accordance with their organization’s policy. The minimum chaperone to child ratio allowed by The Zoo is one adult per 20 children.
  • Audience members are urged to wash their hands before and after the program. If animals are touched during the program, hand washing following the program is required. Food may not be served or eaten during the program.
  • Video recording or live streaming of The Zoo’s education programs is strictly prohibited.

Cancellation:

  • The Zoo and its staff reserve the right, at any time, and for any legitimate safety reason, to cancel a program. If The Zoo cancels a scheduled program due to customer violation of Zoo policies, no refund will be issued.
  • In the event of extreme weather conditions such as snowfall or temperatures above 100°F or below 0°F, The Zoo reserves the right to cancel a scheduled program. If the Zoo cancels a program due to weather conditions and a mutually agreeable alternative date cannot be found, a full refund will be issued.
  • A cancellation notification must be received two weeks before the scheduled program date to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the scheduled program date unless a cancellation is made by The Zoo. Changes of presentation date or time within two weeks of a scheduled program are subject to a $50 fee.
  • To cancel or reschedule, please call 443.992.4585 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm or email fieldtrips@marylandzoo.org. The Zoo reserves the right to amend any cancellation policies.

QUESTIONS?

Call 443-992-4585 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm or email fieldtrips@marylandzoo.org.


The Maryland Zoo’s Outreach programs are generously supported by:

  • The Maryland State Department of Education
  • The City of Baltimore
  • The Citizens of Baltimore County
  • Aegon Transamerica Foundation
  • Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.
  • The Frank and Miriam Loveman Foundation
  • Howard County Government and the Howard County Arts Council
  • The Ida & Joseph Shapiro Foundation
  • Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
  • Manger Family Foundation
  • The Phase Foundation
  • PNC Foundation
  • Thomas Wilson Foundation