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Free School Trips

As a part of Philadelphia Zoo’s Community Access Program (CAP) the Zoo provides free admission to students in kindergarten through 12th grade from Title I public and charter schools (with 50% or more of the students receiving free or reduced-priced lunches) in the Greater Philadelphia region and free admission to Title I and non-Title I schools within the following zip codes: 19104, 19131, 19139, 19143, 19151.

The form to request free field trips will be available here for our Fall 2023 season on August 28 for Philly schools and September 6 for all other schools. The request form will allow you to reserve between 25-120 free student tickets per school, depending on free ticket availability at the time of review. Additional students in excess of the allotted 120 per school or for trips requested after we have reached capacity will qualify for our reduced rate of $7.00 per student. Check back here in late August to access the request form!


Confirm that your group is eligible for the program

Eligible groups must be in grades K-12 from a Title I school with 50% or more of the students receiving free or reduced lunch OR a Title I or non-Title I schools within the following zip codes: 19104, 19131, 19139, 19143, 19151

Complete the Request Form when it opens

Make sure you have confirmed the availability of your date with your school district, bus company, etc. prior to registering, as we may not be able to accommodate your rescheduled dates. Dates for the Fall 2023 Season will fall within September 1 and November 15; not all dates will be available due to the Zoo’s operating schedule and capacity. The available dates will be listed on the request form when it is posted above.

Confirmation of Trip

The Zoo is able to host between 10,000–15,000 students and chaperones during the Fall and Spring season. While that is a large quantity of tickets, capacity is filled quickly. After submission of the request form, a Zoo representative will contact you regarding your visit within five business days. Thank you for understanding.

Additional Community Access Program information

The Philadelphia Zoo offers a variety of ways for neighborhood schools, families and organizations to access the Zoo for free. To learn more about our Community Access Program click here.