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Free Educator Day

Teachers and educators can enjoy a free day to explore the Grand Rapids Public Museum and John Ball Zoo while learning about education programs available to their classrooms. All educators receive free admission and free parking from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at both institutions.

Along with enjoying the exhibits and displays, teachers are encouraged to join a short informational session to learn about programs and options for classroom visits. Informational sessions will take place simultaneously at both the GRPM and John Ball Zoo at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Learn about guided programs, temporary exhibits, resource materials, and the planetarium while exploring the Museum. Learn about guided zoo tours, wild encounters, travel zoos, and STEM programs and professional development offered at the zoo.

Thanks to a millage passed in Kent County in November 2016, school groups in Kent County are now offered free general admission on group trips to both the Grand Rapids Public Museum and John Ball Zoo. Teachers are encouraged to come learn how their classroom can take advantage of everything both intuitions have to offer!

The event is FREE to teachers and educators with ID. Teachers and educators may enjoy touring the Zoo in the morning and the Museum in the afternoon – or vice-versa. Families wishing to join the educator day are welcome but are asked to pay regular admission rates.

Free Educator Day