Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The Maryland Zoo is the perfect place for your group’s next wild adventure. Whether your class is learning their ABCs or studying animal biology, they’ll be sure to leave the Zoo having learned something new! With more than 200 different species, many of which are endangered, the Zoo offers groups up close encounters with a wide variety of animals allowing them to experience some of the planet’s many diverse species. Now open, see the newest exhibit, Penguin Coast, featuring 70+ African penguins in a state-of-the-art habitat that includes underwater viewing.

Contact Info
Address: 1876 Mansion House Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217. Baltimore City.
Tel: 443-552-5300.
Email: Education@marylandzoo.org.
Website: www.marylandzoo.org.
Hrs: Daily 10AM-4PM.

SCHOOL
Maryland school groups are eligible to participate in the grant-funded field trip program, which provides free admission to students in the visiting class, free admission for the required chaperones, and a discounted admission rate for additional adults. Teachers are welcome to prepare for their field trip in advance with a free planning visit.
 
Teachers can enhance their field trips by booking a ZOOlab for their students. Through the use of science skills, students can learn about topics such as animal behavior, conservation, and zoo exhibit design. Custom programs may be available by request. The Zoo can also kick off your class visit with an outdoor, assembly-style Zoo Introduction program.
Contact Info
Name: Danielle Smith, School Programs Coordinator.

Supports Classroom Learning In: Environmental Studies, Science.
Topics Covered: Science, biology, zoology, conservation, animal adaptations, animal behavior, habitats, scientific method.

Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-College.
Group Size: Varies. 
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
REQUIRED Ratio of Students to Staff: 8:1 (1 adult for every 8 students)
Registration: Online.
Food Options: Available for purchase, Bring your own, Picnic area available.
Cost: Free/Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: Pre-registered Maryland school groups qualify for FREE admission and special rates for extra adults.
Accessible To: PD.


SCOUTS
Boy and Girl Scout groups can work on animal-related adventure loops and pins at the Maryland Zoo. They’ll enjoy learning about animals during Keeper Chats at exhibits, see animals up close in Creature and Penguin Encounters, and more. See our website for public events and special events offered throughout the year, including Scout Overnights.

Contact Info
Name: Group Sales Office.
Phone: 443-552-5277.
Email: groupsales@marylandzoo.org.

Supports Scout Badges In: Environmental Science.
Topics Covered: Nature, science, biology, zoology, conservation, sustainability, animal adaptations, animal behavior, habitats.

Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size:
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies.
REQUIRED Ratio of Scouts to Staff: 8:1 (1 chaperone for every 8 scouts)
Registration: Online, Phone, Email, Fax, Mail.
Food Options: Available for purchase, Bring your own, Picnic area available.
Cost: Fee.
 

HOMESCHOOL
Maryland homeschool groups are eligible to participate in the grant-funded free field trip program.
Larger groups may also register for one of the hands-on ZOOlab or introduction programs to supplement their field trip visit. To learn more about focused, supplemental learning programs, see “Classes at the Zoo.”

Contact Info
Name: Education.
Phone: 443-552-5300.
Email: fieldtrips@marylandzoo.org.

Supports Classroom Learning In: Environmental Studies, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: Science, biology, zoology, conservation, animal habitats, geography, history.

Trip Info
Grade Level: K-College.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
REQUIRED Ratio of Students to Staff: 8:1 (1 adult for every 8 students)
Registration: Online.
Food Options: Available for purchase, Bring your own, Picnic area available.
Cost: Free/Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: Maryland homeschool groups qualify for FREE student admission and special rates for chaperones.
Accessible To: PD.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Zoo Lesson Plan

When you go to the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways animals adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them survive. Students act like scientists to observe animal life while focusing on the diets and eating habits.... Continue