Community Access Program

Thank you for your interest in the Community Access Program! The program is full until February 28th, 2018. Space is still available for March 1st – April 30th, 2018. 

If you would like to book a trip in the Fall, we may be able to offer you deeply discounted admission. Email us at for more information!

Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to provide students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade from 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, 2017 through April 30, 2018. If you already have a trip scheduled and need assistance, please contact us at

How to Apply

Step 1: Confirm that your group is eligible for this program. Eligible groups are:

  • In Kindergarten through 6th grade
  • From a Title I school with 50% or more of the students receiving free or reduced lunch

If you are not sure if you are eligible, please email us at

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. Community Access Program field trips must take place between September 1st, 2017 and April 30th, 2018.

  • 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 is open! Click here to apply. 

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.