Community Access Program

Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to provide Title I public and charter schools (with 50% or more of the students receiving free or reduced-priced lunches) with free admission to the Zoo from September 1, 2016 through April 28, 2017. If you already have a trip scheduled and need assistance, please contact us at

Due to overwhelming participation, our Community Access Program has reached capacity for the current school year. Dates for the 2017-2018 school year will become available for booking on June 1st, 2017. 

How to Apply

Step 1: Confirm you school is on the approved list of Title I schools. If your school is not on the approved list, you will need to attach a letter, signed by your principal, on school letterhead, confirming you eligibility. 

Step 2: Confirm the availability of the proposed date of your trip on the calendar below. Dates in green are open, those in yellow are nearly full, and those in red are full and no longer accepting applications.

  • Very important: Make sure you have confirmed the availability of  your date with your school district, bus company, etc. prior to registering, as there is a $25 rescheduling fee and we may not be able to accommodate your rescheduled dates.
  • Consider scheduling your trip Monday through Wednesday, as they often have the most availability.

Step 3: The CAP Application will be available beginning June 1st, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Step 4: You will receive confirmation email upon completing the application confirming your application has been received. Within one week, you will receive email confirmation of your scheduled field trip day. If you do not receive confirmation of your date within one week, please contact immediately.

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Animal Action Adventure

As part of the Community Access Program visit, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Animal Action Adventure which includes:

  • PECO Smart Ideas Challenge complete with curriculum-focused activities and a teacher/chaperone guide
  • A pre and post activity packet where students will learn how their everyday actions can have a positive impact on wildlife
  • A visit to three Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Action Chat Stations
Note: By entering the Zoo premises, you consent on your behalf and the behalf of any minors (children under the age of 18) to have your photograph taken or videos recorded by Philadelphia Zoo and consent that any photographs or videos which have been or are about to be taken by the photographer or videographer may be used by him/her and Philadelphia Zoo for media, marketing, web, publications, advertising, public relations and other materials.