FREE Field Trips

*Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will open August 1st, 2016*

Great News for Schools! The Zoo now proudly offers FREE field trips and overnights for qualified schools! That’s right! Thanks to the Living Classroom Education Access Fund, qualified schools can apply for assistance for a daytime field trip* or our Nocturnal Adventures Overnight**.

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

  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.
  2. A description of how the field trip will enhance learning in the classroom.
  3. A detailed lesson plan explaining the activities your students will complete during your field trip including objectives and standards being met.

Before beginning your application, please review the available educational programs and activities that are available to you during your field trip. You will be asked to note which activities you’d like us to schedule for you.

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 2-3 weeks to process.

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

**Overnight grants are blacked out for the following days: Fridays/Saturdays year-round

Field Trip & 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 10 students* will also be FREE! Additional chaperones are only $6.00 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 $6.00 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
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