Are You a Nonprofit, Foundation or Government Entity?

You may be eligible to apply to become an annual Community Access Program (CAP) partner and receive admission tickets to distribute to your constituents in need.

These tickets are for regular day time admission and cannot be used for special events or for fundraising purposes. Once you receive the tickets, you are able to distribute in the way that is best for your organization.

If you would like a set of tickets to use as an auction item for your fundraiser please fill out this donation request form.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a nonprofit with verifiable 501(c)(3) status OR a Washington state or local government entity OR a Washington indigenous community organization AND

  • Must have programs that specifically serve low-income and/or at-risk children and adults or other demonstrated underserved groups.

Application Requirements

Please have the following ready to submit when applying:

  • Federal Tax ID number

  • Mission Statement or can describe how the tickets will be used with constituents to advance the organization’s service mission and show that visiting the zoo directly enhances or supports its mission

  • Organization’s website, physical address and contact info

Additional considerations

Due to the volume of requests, priority is given to partners that meet the following requirements:

  • Provide programs or services to underserved communities within King County

  • Must have programs that specifically serve low-income and/or at-risk children and adults or other demonstrated underserved groups

  • Shares social good, educational or conservation values

  • Religious organizations should demonstrate a secular community function that provides social services to low-income or at-risk community members regardless of religious affiliation without promoting belief in a particular faith.


How to Apply


CAP Tickets

We are not taking additional requests for CAP tickets at this time. Please add your email to our mailing list for program updates and information on ticket availability. For questions please email


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Are You an Individual?

Due to the sheer volume of requests, the Community Access Program is unable to provide service 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 Ticket Alternatives

Discover Ticket

The $5 Discover Ticket is available starting September 7, 2021 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

Accessibility Changes

There will be some changes to the accommodations we were able to offer in the past. Please visit our accessibility page for more information and to view an FAQ.



Letters From the Community

I felt the need to tell someone how wonderful it has been to hand out the zoo tickets to our patients. The parents are always so grateful and the kids, so excited! Thank you so much for making it possible!


Many of the children and families with whom we work would not otherwise have the means to access the zoo and we truly appreciate the opportunity to provide them with this special privilege.” 


All of our clients are in transition from homelessness while they enter our program. All are low income and many are single parents with children. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to give them tickets to the zoo and they are always beyond thrilled to receive them.


If you have questions about the Community Access Program, our CAP FAQ may help.


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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