Living Classroom Education Access Fund

Living Classroom Education Access Fund Financial Assistance is available to under-resourced schools in our target areas. To receive Financial Assistance, teachers must complete an application and agree to the LCEAF terms and conditions noted in “More Details” section below.

NOTE: Applications can take 2-3 weeks for approval. Teacher must apply for each field trip date and/or program. Apply early.


MORE DETAILS

Terms for Free Field Trips & Virtual Programming

1. School serves a student population of at least 60% free and reduced lunch students. Teacher needs to attach a statement of financial need to their application. This can be either a signed statement from your school principal or a source stating your status.

2. Schools must be from the Greater Tri-State Area (including Kentucky and Indiana) to qualify. See application or resource below for list.

3. For Field Trips: a detailed lesson plan explaining the activities your students will complete during your field trip (can be Zoo Self-Guided Activities) including objectives and standards being met.

4. Agree to participate in a Zoo post-assessment with your students.

Check out our Living Classroom Education Access Fund Resource.

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.

Field Trips Dates

  • Field Trips are limited to Monday-Friday September-March, and July.
  • Field Trips are limited to Monday-Wednesday April-June.
  • Field Trips are unavailable in August.

Lesson Plans

  • Lesson Plans for your Field Trip can be Zoo provided Self-Guided Activities, or a lesson plan activities created by the teacher.

Chaperones and Parking

  • 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 $7.00 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.

Sold Out Dates

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

Confirmation

  • Submitting an application DOES NOT confirm your school has received financial aid.
  • Prior approval does not confirm future approval.
  • If your school receives financial aid, we will send you a link to self-register your group.
  • 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 $7.00 rate.

Participants

  • Teacher register for a specific grade band topics. Topics are not limited to a number of students.
  • Participants can log in from their school or from home. Virtual programs are available for in-school and remote learning.

Confirmation

  • Submitting an application DOES NOT confirm your school has received financial aid.
  • Prior approval does not confirm future approval.
  • If your school receives financial aid, we will send you a link to self-register your group.

Participants

  • Each Virtual program is limited to 30 students. For groups with more than 30 students, you will need to apply for multiple programs.
  • Programs are limited to specific days and times. See the Virtual Zoo on the Move/Wild Chats page for details.
  • Participants can log in from their school or from home. Virtual programs are available for in-school and remote learning.

Sold Out Dates

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

Confirmation

  • Submitting an application DOES NOT confirm your school has received financial aid.
  • Prior approval does not confirm future approval.
  • If your school receives financial aid, we will send you a link to self-register your group.

For more information about programming and available topics, visit our Virtual Zoo on the Move/Wild Chats. Return to this page to apply for a financial assistance.

Overnight Adventures Dates

  • Overnight Adventures are limited to Wednesday-Friday September-June.
  • Overnight Adventures are unavailable November-December and July-August.
  • Overnight Adventures include admission to the Zoo the next day.

Chaperones and Parking

  • If your school receives the Living Classroom Education Access Fund, all students will be FREE, and 1 chaperone (staff or non-school staff) per 7 students* will also be FREE!
  • Additional chaperones are the general program price.
  • School bus parking is free, but private vehicles are $10.00 per vehicle if parking at the Zoo during regular Zoo hours. *Some groups require additional aides to assist students with challenges.  These required aides are also free of charge.

Sold Out Dates

  • If your requested dates, times or programs are already booked, we will contact you for alternate options.

Confirmation

  • Submitting an application DOES NOT confirm your school has received financial aid.
  • Prior approval does not confirm future approval.
  • If your school receives financial aid, we will send you a link to self-register your group.
  • 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 general group Overnight Adventure 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

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

Call or email: 513-559-7767 or [email protected]

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