Woodland Park Zoo’s Community Access Program (CAP) provides free daytime admission tickets to nonprofits, foundations and government entities serving under-resourced communities. Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to distribute tickets to hundreds of CAP partners each year to use for individual and/or group visits to help make the zoo a more accessible space and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Are You a Nonprofit, Foundation or Government Entity?

We invite you to request CAP tickets for the individuals your organization serves! You will receive either individual or group tickets, depending on what you request. Once you receive the digital tickets, you can distribute the tickets in the way that is best for your organization.

Curious if your organization is eligible for CAP? Contact us at to introduce your organization and learn more about this program.


Organization Eligibility Requirements

  • A nonprofit with verifiable 501(c)(3) status OR a Washington state or local government entity OR a Tribal organization that serves under-resourced communities.
  • Community groups without 501(c)(3) status may also apply.
  • Religious organizations should demonstrate a secular community function that provides social services to under-resourced communities regardless of religious affiliation without promoting belief in a particular faith.

How to Apply


CAP Ticket Requests

CAP ticket requests for 2024 are closed

Please join our mailing list using the button below to be notified when ticket requests open again for 2024.

CAP ticket requests open three times per year, and all ticket requests must be made during one of these open windows. The summer request period is only open to organizations who have not previously requested CAP tickets for 2024 (new partners or existing partners who did not apply in winter or spring).

Please see below the open request periods for 2024 tickets:


Open November 8, 2023
Close November 30, 2023

Tickets Distributed Between
January 15 – January 31, 2024


Open March 6, 2024
Close March 28, 2024

Tickets Distributed Between
May 15 – May 30, 2024


Open only to 1st-time/new CAP applications or existing partners who did not apply in Winter/Spring.

If you received tickets during the winter and/or spring request periods, you are ineligible for tickets during this request period.

Open June 18, 2024
Close July 10, 2024

Tickets Distributed Between
August 19 – August 30, 2024


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How to Redeem Tickets

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Digital CAP Tickets

Your organization can request individual and/or group CAP tickets. If you request individual tickets, you will be issued promotional codes that can be redeemed for individual general daytime admission. If you request group tickets, you will be issued a digital group ticket. All 2024 CAP tickets will be valid from January 1, 2024, through January 31, 2025.

CAP partners will receive detailed information on how to use the promo codes and group tickets.


CAP Ticket Usage

  • CAP tickets are to be distributed to the individuals the CAP partner serves.
  • CAP tickets are valid for regular daytime admission only and are not valid for zoo special events.

CAP tickets are not to be used for:

  • Promotional giveaways
  • Prizes
  • Volunteer/Staff Appreciation
  • Fundraising
  • School Field Trips*

*If you would like to schedule a school field trip, please see for more information.


Are You an Individual?

Due to the volume of requests, the Community Access Program is unable to provide tickets directly to individuals. Individuals seeking admission options are welcome to contact CAP partners in their area or refer to the zoo discount program for alternatives.

CAP Partner Organizations 2022



CAP Ticket Alternatives

Discover Ticket

The $5 Discover Ticket is available for foster and kinship families* or recipients of EBT/Washington Quest, P-EBT or WIC assistance. Valid for daytime admission, excludes all other separately ticketed events.

For more details please go to our discounts page

Explorer Pass Membership

A $35 membership for foster and kinship families* or recipients of EBT/Washington Quest, P-EBT or WIC assistance. Once a member, you will have unlimited zoo admission for a full year.

For more details please go to our membership page



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Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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