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Learning is Wild Scholarship

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium believes every child should have the opportunity to discover and engage in the wonders of the natural world.  We are excited to offer the Learning is Wild Scholarship to help teachers bring their students to the Zoo.

What can the funds be used for?

Zoo Admission for School Groups:  $2/person in Franklin County, $4/person outside of Franklin County
On-Grounds Education Programs:  Interactive Auditorium Programs, Handheld Computer Programs, Adventure Tours, and Animal Observation Inquiry.
Transportation Fees: Funds will help pay for bussing to and from the Zoo (maximum of $300 in scholarship funds can be applied to transportation fees).

When can we come to the Zoo?

All field trips must be scheduled between the dates of September 3, 2013 and April 30, 2014. 

Who qualifies for Learning is Wild Scholarship Funds?

Public Schools – Central Ohio schools with a 30 percent or higher student population on the free or reduced lunch program.
Private and Independent Schools – Central Ohio schools with 30 percent or more of the students on scholarship.
The Learning is Wild Scholarship will only fund up to 75 percent of your total field trip cost. 

How to Apply

The application materials must be completed and emailed, faxed or mailed to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at least three weeks prior to your anticipated visit.
1.  CLICK HERE for application.
2.  Make sure your submission includes the following items:
Completed application form.
Letter detailing the school’s need for funding.
Statement detailing how a Columbus Zoo field trip will be incorporated into the classroom experience to educationally impact the participants.
3.  Send completed application materials to:
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Attn:  Becky Nellis
9990 Riverside Dr., PO Box 400
Powell, OH 43065
Fax:  (614) 724-3653
You will receive notification of the status of your application within two weeks of submitting your request to the Learning is Wild Scholarship Program. 


Email or call Becky Nellis at (614) 724-3578.
The Learning is Wild Scholarship is made possible by the Cardinal Health Foundation.