Students, Pre-K to 6th grade, can visit the Zoo for free this summer

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BROWNSVILLE—Children across the Rio Grande Valley can visit the Zoo for free this Summer thanks to Gladys Porter Zoo’s Summer Pass Program.

The program, which had been on hold for the past two years due to virtual learning, is back, once again. Staff at the Zoo are excited to revive this program and show their appreciation to the communities that continue to support the Zoo.

In 1978, the Gladys Porter Zoo launched the Summer Pass Program to allow children the opportunity to visit the Zoo for free. To this day, the program is still going strong in the seven counties that make up the Region One Education Service Center (ESC).

Each student, from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, in every school district, charter school and private school will receive a pass! These passes for free admission to the Zoo provide students the opportunity to visit the Zoo and learn more about wildlife from around the world.

Up to four children, each with a pass, can visit with one paid adult. In 2019, approximately 14,189 children redeemed their summer passes. We are hoping that students once again take advantage of this opportunity to visit the Zoo with their families.

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