Salisbury Zoo

The Salisbury Zoological Park is committed to enhancing our quality of life by providing a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction. With its animals, staff, volunteers, and park-like setting, the zoo encourages an appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world. we encourage and welcome School Field Trips, Parents and Scouts to Stop by.There is no Admission charge to come over to the Zoo.  

Come see the Sloth at the Salisbury Zoo

Salisbury Zoo


755 South Park Drive

Salisbury, MD 21802-2979

P. (410) 548-3188 Mainline

P. (410) 546-3440 Education

F. (410) 860-0919 (Fax)

W. Salisbury Zoo

E. Salisbury Zoo

Zoo Hours

Open every day, year-round, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. The Zoo is also periodically closed due to inclement weather.

Zoo Admission

We are a free zoo.  There is no charge for admission.

Zoo Tours

Tours are available for schools and civic groups, and need to be pre-booked. Call 410-546-3440 or go to the education section in our website.

Program Listing

Program Pricing

Salisbury Zoo Membership

Interactive Map of the Zoo

Photo Gallery


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School and Summer Camp Group Field Trips Programs

School & Summer Camp Group Field Trips to Salisbury Zoo 

Starting in 2010, the Education Department began a new style of programming. Each of our new programs will have a hands-on (inquiry based) component incorporated in the teaching session. In creating a setting where students on School Field Trips interact and physically use the information being taught, science concepts presented will be reinforced and bring those ideas to life in the student’s hands.     

Our presenter-student ratio has been reduced to give more opportunity for one on-one interaction and the chance to experience the information personally.

Adaptations, diet and classification are a few topics to choose from when selecting a program.

A variety of inquiry based programs are being offered as part of our Zoo2U menu as well.  Our hope is to reach even more students by taking our programs off site to those groups that can’t come to us on a School Field Trips.

A wide variety of education programs designed to meet the needs of teachers, students, and other members of our community are available at the Salisbury Zoo. Programs are aligned with state and national science standards. Teacher training opportunities are available. To receive more information, please contact the Education Department.


School and Summer Camp Group Field Trips Guided Tour

An informative tour through the Zoo led by a trained Wildlife Interpreter. Provides an introduction to species on exhibit, and reinforces concepts such as classification, adaptation, habitat and natural resource conservation. Approximately 90 minutes in length.

School and Summr Camp Group Field Trips Self Guided Tour

Receive a packet of materials with pre-and-post activities and lesson ideas.  On the day of your trip, you will be able to lead your group through the zoo at your own pace and conduct several activities within the zoo based on materials received in your packet.


School and Summer Camp Group Field Trips Classroom Program

Choose from several theme-specific, interactive programs that utilize the zoo’s education animal collection. Topics include adaptations, food chains and classification. Approximately 45 minutes in length.

School and Summer Camp Group Field Trips Animal Presentation

This presentation of three animals generally includes a bird, mammal and reptile, but can be tailored to your topic of study. Topics can be discussed with the education department at time of booking.  Approximately 30 minutes in length.

LEAF (Local Ecology, Animals and Forests)

Program for 4th grade students focusing on local forests, their animals, uses, ecology, and threats. Approximately 2 hours in length.

Teacher Training

Topic specific training are available for home-school, preschool and classroom teachers.  These training give a variety of ideas and ways to incorporate science across the curriculum.  Approximately 2 hours in length.


We bring the zoo to you.  Several of our Wildlife Encounter options are mobile.  If you cannot come to us for a School Field Trips, we can come to you.  With each of these programs we utilize the zoo’s education animal collection.  Several programs offer a hands-on component.  Approximately 45 minutes in length.

Scout Groups

Salisbury Zoo for Scout Groups

The Salsibury Zoo offers a variety of opportunities for scouts to fulfill their badge or achievement requirements.

Early dismissal and teacher workdays are a great time for scouts to visit!

Day program

What: program that meets requirements for various badges and achievements

Where: Education Building

When: Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends

Time: Weekdays – 3:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. start times

Weekends – 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., or 2:00 p.m. start times

Cost: Varies by program.

How: To request a date call (410) 546-3440.

Two weeks advance reservation required.

Girl Scout Saturdays

What: program designed to meet specific badge requirements

Where: Salisbury Zoo

When: November 13, 2010

Time: Brownie – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Junior – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 per participant.  No tag along s allowed.  Leader must accompany participants.

How: Call (410) 546-3440

Reservation is required by November 8, 2010.


Boy Scout Saturday

What: Program designed to meet specific achievement requirements

Where: Salisbury Zoo

When: December 4, 2010

Time: TBD

Cost: $10 per participant.  No tag along s allowed.  Leader must accompany participants.

How: Call (410) 546-3440

Reservation is required by November 29, 2010.

Wildlife Encounter Animal Presentation

What: Presentation of three animals (a bird, mammal and reptile, but can be tailored to your topic of study).

Where: Education Stage

When: Year round

Time: 9:30 – 4:00 daily.  Approximately 30 minutes in length.

Cost: $60 for MD groups, $70 for out of state groups.  maximum group size = 40.

How: To request a date call (410) 546-3440

Two weeks advance reservation required.

Zoo2U presentation

What: presentation of four animals (a bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile, but can be tailored to your topic of study).

Where: Your location.  Maximum group size = 40.

When: year round

Time: Determined at time of booking.  Approximately 45 minutes in length.

Cost: $60 for Wicomico county, $100 for counties within 30 miles of the zoo, $150 for out of state groups.  Other locations and pricing can be discussed.

How: To request a date and time call (410) 546-3440

Two weeks advance reservation required.


What: program that meets requirements for various badges and achievements.

Where: Salisbury Zoo

When: Friday and Saturday nights (other nights are based on booked programs)

Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 a.m.

Cost: $25 per participant, $250 minimum

How: To request a date call (410) 546-3440

Three weeks advance reservation required.


Family Trips and Programs

All sessions of ZooCamp teach an appreciation for and understanding of animals and nature through live animal interactions, animal observations, environmental games, arts & crafts, and many other exciting activities. ZooCamp sessions emphasize the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship. Each session focuses on a different aspect of animal life. Sessions are offered for children entering grades K-8. All sessions of ZooCamp are aligned with Maryland State Curriculum Standards for Science.

 Summer Camp

Zoo Camps are a wonderful way to engage your child this spring or summer in a fun filled, all about animals experience. Gift Certificates can be purchased for camp(s) by contacting the Education Department at 410.546.3440.  Click here to download ZooCamp information.

Home School Workshops

Home School Workshops provide the opportunity for teaching parents to provide their children a fun, science themed, educational workshop.  Workshops are geared for multilevel age groups and are held at the Salisbury Zoo Education Center.  Each workshop includes a discussion on the given topic, live animal presentations, when available and a hands-on activity or game.


This free program is intended for preschool children and their parents. Four and five year old children and accompanying adults are invited to join Wildlife Interpreters for an animal story, fun and sometimes silly songs and games and related craft project. This program is not intended for large groups or daycare centers.
Feel free to join us every Tuesdays at 10:00 am, March through November.

Wild Parties

Whether you are turning two years old or seventy-four years old, a Wild Party at the Zoo is a great way to celebrate. You can schedule a party to celebrate any occasion, not only your birthday!
For only $85, Friends of the Salisbury Zoo members ($100 non-members) can celebrate with the animals. Party-goers will enjoy making animal buttons and having Zoo animals join the party.  The birthday boy or girl receives a special gift from the Salisbury Zoo! We provide the craft materials and the animal presentation for the party.  You provide the decorations, food and of course, the guests. The party is scheduled for an hour and a half which allows plenty of time to eat cake and ice cream and to open gifts.  After the party, participants can enjoy exploring through the Zoo and time playing on Ben’s Red Swings playground.
Wild Parties take place in the ESBA Education Center and can be scheduled year-round. Because the party takes place inside, the program is not weather-dependent.

Party Rules and Regulations

Wild Party Flyer

To find out more information on family programs, contact the Education Department.

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  • david

    me and my daughter love this place, especially the the scout program.. the badges she earned via this place, is to her, a lot more exciting and fun

  • kariane

    oh i love all the cute lil animals they have here..oh!!! and u remember seeing that sloth that is displayed above… sooo cute >.<

  • vivian

    this zoo was soo awesome, i loved the cute lil monkeys.. and watching the owl do tricks was just plain crazy, as soon as the trainer let the owl out i though it would fly away, but instead it came straight to the trainers glove as if it was the owls mom, haha real awesome and nuts XD

  • jack

    been here a few times with a couple of my friends, some of these animals i never even though existed lol.. my fav had to be the buffalo, man was i scared from him

  • maisy

    oh, i loved all the little animals displayed here///they were incredibly adorable