Field Trip Scholarships

The 2024 Field Trip Scholarship application opens Friday, March 1, 2024. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are all awarded.

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are vital partners with formal school programs and organizations. At the Zoo, children can make discoveries, deepen interests, and connect their natural curiosity to the wider world. The Potawatomi Zoo is committed to developing the skills needed for a lifetime of learning. Through our Educational Assistance Program, we aim to make that goal more accessible for more children. Thanks to the donors who contribute to the EAP, admission costs for children and chaperones are covered for approved applicants to the program.

    2024 Potawatomi Zoo Field Trip Scholarship Application

    This form must be submitted at least three (3) weeks prior to your anticipated visit. You will receive notification of the status of your application within 10 business days of submitting your request. Applications will be reviewed as received, with emphasis on program guidelines for approval, until the 2024 funding is exhausted. Funding covers admission to the Zoo for schools and youth programs in need. This program is made possible by generous underwriters of the Potawatomi Zoo Educational Assistance Program. Please complete one application per field trip.

    I. Contact Information

    II. Preferred Field Trip Date
    This form does not guarantee a reservation. Field Trip dates are available April 1, 2024 - October 31, 2024. The Zoo is open daily from 10am - 5pm

    III. Group Information
    Please enter the number of children and the number of adults and tally your total scholarship request.

    IV. Statement of Need
    You MUST complete both sections to be considered for funding.
    A. Indicate any of the programs your school participates in:

    If applicable, list your school's free and reduce lunch percentage:

    Write a brief statement detailing how a Potawatomi Zoo Field Trip will be incorporated into the classroom experience to educationally impact students.

    You will receive notification of the status of your application within 10 business days of submitting your request. Funding covers admission and transportation (up to $100.00). Admission details and transportation reimbursement instructions will all be provided by e-mail. For questions, please reach out to Jessica Spoor,