Community Access Program

The program is full for the current academic year. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will open on June 1st, 2018.

If you would like to book a trip in the Spring, we may be able to offer you 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 currently closed. Please check back on June 1st, 2018 for next year’s application!’

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. This program is partially provided by Virginia and Harvey Kimmel.