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A Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) membership is the very best way for you and your family to enjoy the National Zoo. Your membership provides a whole year of amazing benefits at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, FREE PARKING (A $22 VALUE EACH VISIT) and SO MUCH MORE!

FONZ memberships include these standard benefits plus the benefits listed under each level below:

  • Discounts and coupons. A ten-percent savings in National Zoo stores.
  • Publications. Smithsonian Zoogoer magazine (with paperless option), Smithsonian Zoogoer calendar, and the ZooFriends e-newsletter.
  • Programs. Exclusive access to Zoo Birthday Parties and Scout Snoozes. Savings on Zoo camps, classes, and Snore & Roar overnights.
  • Event tickets. Savings on tickets to popular National Zoo events (including a savings of $25 per ticket to ZooFari and $10 per ticket to Boo at the Zoo).
  • Admissions discounts. Free or reduced admission to other zoos and aquariums nationwide.

Senior

Seniors save 20% on Green, Basic, Premier and Premier+ membership. More information.

Membership Levels

Premier Plus $110 (Best Value For Families)

Involve your whole household in wildlife conservation! A Premier+ FONZ membership covers up to three named adults per household, plus all children. It includes all the standard benefits, plus:

  • Free parking during regular daytime hours - a $22 value each visit!
  • Priority registration for camps, classes, Snore & Roar overnights, Conservation Campouts, and birthday parties.
  • Additional membership card for grandparent or nanny
  • $3 off single stroller rentals
  • Three free carousel ride coupons
  • Three free fountain drink coupons
  • Three discount coupons for food purchase (10%)
 

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Premier $80

A Premier membership includes up to two named adults, plus children. It includes all the standard benefits, plus:

  • Free parking during regular daytime hours - a $22 value each visit!
  • $3 off single stroller rentals
  • Two free carousel ride coupons
  • Two free fountain drink coupons
  • Two discount coupons for food purchase (10%)
 

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Basic $60

A Basic membership covers one named adult. It includes all the standard benefits, plus:

  • Half off parking during regular daytime hours
  • One free carousel ride coupon
  • One free fountain drink coupon
  • One discount coupon for food purchase (10%)
 

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Green $55

A Green membership covers one named adult. It includes all the standard benefits, plus:

  • Self-guided green tour of the Zoo
  • Paperless Smithsonian Zoogoer magazine subscription option
  • One free carousel ride coupon
  • One free fountain drink coupon
  • A discount coupon for food purchase (10%)
  • Savings at local green retailers
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National $50

A National FONZ membership covers one named adult living more than 200 miles outside of Washington, D.C. who is not able to visit the National Zoo frequently, but would like to support the National Zoo and stay up-to-date through National Zoo publications.

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To receive membership benefits, membership cards must be presented with matching photo ID. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Donor Membership Levels

Join at the donor level and become part of a prestigious group that offers significant support to the National Zoo. Donor memberships include all of the membership benefits above as well as priority registration for special programs, donor recognition, special guided tours, VIP events, and much more.

Membership Clubs

FONZ members can join these clubs:

  • SCBI Club (Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute) $30
    Help support the critical efforts of the Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center scientists who specialize in saving wildlife, conserving habitats, and restoring species to the wild. Add a SCBI Club donation to any membership for $30 and receive an information-packed e-newsletter and a parking pass to the Autumn Conservation Festival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia. SCBI membership is only available to FONZ members.
  • SMBC Club (Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center) $30
    SMBC members help the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center support bird conservation around the world. Plus, SMBC members get exclusive benefits, including local and regional bird walks and field trips with a Smithsonian ornithologist, invitations to bird-themed lectures, Smithsonian Flyer e-newsletter, migratory bird computer wallpaper, and a Bird Friendly Coffee baseball cap. SMBC membership is only available to FONZ members.
  • FONZ Photo Club
    FONZ members have the opportunity to join the FONZ Photo Club free of charge. The FONZ Photo Club brings photographers of all skill levels together in a welcoming environment to share and learn about zoo photography. The club also raises money to support the Zoo by selling members’ photographic work at special events. You must be a FONZ member to join the FONZ Photo Club.
  • YP Club (Young Professionals Club)
    FONZ members have the exclusive opportunity to join the YP Club free of charge. The YP Club invites you to meet and mingle with like-minded conservationists who are 21 to 35 years old. YP members receive YP Happenings e-newsletter

To receive membership benefits, membership cards must be presented with matching photo ID.

Any questions?

Check out answers to some frequently asked questions about membership.