Philadelphia Zoo: FREE Summer Break Teacher Pass
Editor’s note: We’ve confirmed this is back for 2014 – and online registration is going on right now. Don’t miss out! (Click here and then click on the Teacher Resources tab to see the link to online registration.)
Also, check out our list of cheap summer activities for more inexpensive ideas for things to do this summer.
Great news, teachers! This deal is back for 2014!
Philadelphia Zoo is offering an incredible summer bonus for teachers: a Summer Break Teacher Pass to all certified/licensed preK-12 classroom teachers, principals and assistant principals who work in public, private and charter schools.
About the Philadelphia Zoo Teacher Pass
The pass is good for your individual FREE admission, Mondays through Fridays, between June 16 and Aug. 29, 2014. You can use the pass to visit the Philadelphia Zoo multiple times during this period. You must bring BOTH a valid pass and your teacher ID, union card or school district pay stub each time you visit.
In the past, registration has ended in June, so be sure to register early so you don’t miss your chance!
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the zoo, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the latest changes. The new parking structure makes getting in and out of the area so much easier.
As part of this year’s Summer Break Teacher Pass, teachers will have the opportunity to explore the new Big Cat Crossing—an extension of Zoo360, Philadelphia Zoo’s revolutionary, first-in-the-world animal travel and exploration system. The trail encourages our large felines—lions, tigers, pumas, jaguars and more—to stretch their legs and explore. The expanded footprint will fuel the curiosity of the Zoo’s big cats, as well as that of each of our guests. Teachers and their guests will also have the opportunity become “big cat heroes” and help save these magnificent animals through our Be a CATalyst for Change activities in First Niagara Big Cat Falls. These activities such as sending an e-card to companies, expressing their love of big cats through words and learning about how their consumer choices can have a positive impact on big cats. These authentic experiences create a real-life lesson for the classroom that helps to make the common core come to life.
The new educational center (KidZooU) in the children’s zoo is pretty amazing too! Check out all the new exhibits, which teach important lessons on conservation, recycling and more. The kids had a blast recycling all types of containers. They especially loved placing the empty cereal boxes and other recyclables on the conveyor belt and cranking it to where it needed to be.
The new KidZooU also offers many opportunities to be up close and personal with animals like ants, chickens, butterflies, pigeons, goat and sheep, among many others. Kids will have a chance to groom some of these animals and learn lots more about their habits and habitats.