School Visits

Have a “Roaring” Good Time!

Looking to take your class outdoors? The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve is the perfect place for your students to visit for a fun and educational field trip.

Guests get as close to the animals as safety permits. To feel the silky soft fur of an alpaca or see the muscles in a jaguar’s legs as he prowls within his naturalistic habitat are just a few of the experiences that will bring you closer to the animal world.

The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve features more interactive touch and feed opportunities than any other zoo in the region. These amazing animals are our extended family and vital ambassadors for their species. Through our personal style of exhibitory and education, we know that they will be your extended family too. Together we can make sure all the wild animals enjoy the future they deserve.

These activities are free with your group admission:

Several “Meet the Keeper” times are available throughout the day so you can get the inside scoop on how we care for our animal friends.

“Meet the Keeper” encounters begin in April to accommodate our school groups. 


For group reservations and additional information, please book online
or contact the Education Dept. at 301-271-3180.

Book your field trip as soon as possible to get the best day and time. We limit the number of visitors each day.