One of the most common school trips in Maryland consists of visiting the Plumpton Park Zoo, as it allows students to see some of the most beautiful species of animals safely. It also encourages environmental awareness at an early age among children as they learn about how and where the animals are living. Another benefit of school trips to zoos includes exposure to different environments and increased interaction among students outside of the classroom.

School trips in Maryland must consist of at least 15 students when visiting the Plumpton Park Zoo to qualify for a group rate that includes $2 off the regular admission price for adults and children. Moreover, an hour-long guided tour costs $35, should the students and teachers wish to gain insight regarding animals. In order to avoid any confusion, it is best to make a reservation beforehand.

School Trip Reservations

Plumpton Park Zoo welcomes schools and other educational groups and offers discounted rates for schools, daycare, and youth groups that wish to visit the zoo.

Classes must consist of at least 15 paying admissions to be eligible for a group rate.  Education tours are available when booking. In addition, animal webpages and the corresponding zoo signs provide information about the animals found at the zoo. Up to 4 teachers are eligible to get in free (proper teachers ID required).

Group rates for 15 or more paid admissions are as follows:

Adults (age 13 and over) – $2 off regular admissions price

Children 12 and under- $2 off regular admissions price

A one hour guided educational tour of the zoo is available for an additional $35.00

Parking is free.  Up to 4 teachers are free.  If you have larger groups please contact admissions for teacher discounts. Teachers must present valid ID.

Reservations are required for groups three weeks prior to the date of your visit.

In order to ensure a smooth entrance to the zoo, please follow the procedure below on the day of your visit:

  • Please collect your money from parents and children prior to arrival.
  • Upon arrival, please assemble your group and have them wait outside of the main entrance gates while a representative comes to the admissions window to pay for the group.  Group rates do not apply to individuals that pay separately.  After entry, anyone can get their hand stamped to exit and re-enter the zoo.
Reservations are required and In order to ensure a smooth entry to the zoo