FREE Field Trips & Overnights

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now open. The requirements for the LCEAF grant have changed. Read more about the changes here. 

Thanks to the Living Classroom Education Access Fund, qualified schools can apply for financial assistance for a daytime field trip* or our Nocturnal Adventures Overnights**.

To apply, click the button below to provide your contact information, trip details, and the following requirements:

  1. Statement of financial need as a school. This can be either a signed statement from your school principal or a source stating your status as 70% or more free and reduced lunch students. 
  2. Schools must be from the Greater Cincinnati Area to qualify. A complete list of all eligible counties from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are listed on the application.
  3. A choice of either a Zoo-based school program or activity OR a detailed lesson plan explaining the activities your students will complete during your field trip including objectives and standards being met.
  4. An agreement to participate in a Zoo post assessment with your students.
Living Classroom Education Access Fund Application

To expedite the review of your application, please be sure to include all required forms and complete all required questions before submission. Failure to do so will delay the review of your application. Applications typically take up to 3 weeks to process.

*Daytime grants are blacked out for the following days: Thursdays/Fridays in April and May.

**Overnight grants are blacked out for the following days: Fridays/Saturdays in April and May

Field Trip/Overnight & Application Details

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If your school receives the Living Classroom Education Access Fund, all students will be FREE, and 1 chaperone per 7 students* will also be FREE! Additional chaperones are only $6.50 each! School bus parking is free, but private vehicles are $10.00 per vehicle. *Some groups require additional aides to assist students with challenges.  These required aides are also free of charge.

Note about Booking: If your requested dates, times or programs are already fully booked, we will contact you for alternate options.


  • Submitting this form DOES NOT confirm your school has received financial aid.
  • If your school receives financial aid, we will register your group and you will receive an e-confirmation with your registration information and confirmation packet.
  • If you receive this aid, you are only approved for the number of students listed on your invoice. If you bring additional students the day of your trip, those students will be charged the $6.50 rate.

Thank You Sponsors

The Living Classroom Education Access Fund was made possible through generous support from our lead partner, The Helen G., Henry F. and Louise Tuechter Dornette Foundation.

Additional support was provided by these founding partners:

The Ambassador Council of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

The John A. Schroth Family Foundation, PNC Trustee
Duke Energy logo 2013 The Sutphin Family Foundation