School Funding

Thank you for your interest in Title 1 School Funding for San Antonio Zoo visits.

Through generous funding from various community foundations, the zoo is able to provide grants to a limited number of Title 1 schools to visit the San Antonio Zoo, October through February, for a Self-Guided Tour.

Each year we receive more requests than we can fulfill. Our goal is to approve as many applications as possible, but please understand that funds are limited.

Please note that some requirements have changed from previous years. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully and note the important dates listed below.

To be eligible for funding, the following minimum criteria MUST be met:

- Application completed between September 1st and September 30, 2017.

- Title 1 status: Funding is intended for those schools which show a financial need.

- Public or charter school.

- Grades Pre-K through 12.

- Dates: Field trips must occur Monday-Thursday, between  Oct. 2, 2017 and  Feb. 28th, 2018.

- Registration for a Self-Guided Tour (after funding has been awarded). Funding will cover zoo Self-Guided Tour admission fees for teachers, bus drivers, para-professionals and students only.

Please Note:

Parents, siblings, and non-school chaperones are not eligible for funding; however, they will be able to receive the discounted school rate of $5 per participant.

Funding is for Self-Guided Tour field trips only. Funding may not be used for staff-led programs, such as a Real.Wild.Classroom.

Field trips are only available Monday through Thursday. Funding is not available for Friday visits.

Funding will be forfeited if not used between October 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018. No exceptions.

Funding will not be provided for buses. Each school is responsible for obtaining their own transportation.

Funding will be approved on a “first come, first served” basis as long, as all criteria has been met.

Please do not make a reservation for a field trip until you have received confirmation that you have been awarded funding.

Before beginning the application, please have the information ready to answer the question “What percentage of your students qualify for free or reduced lunches?” Please use the most current information available.

Completing the application DOES NOT guarantee funding for your school. Once all of the applications have been reviewed, all applicants will receive an e-mail notifying them of their application status. Please do not call to inquire about your application.