2023 Season | March 24 - November 19
Enjoy The Amazing Benefits of Membership At John Ball Zoo!
Our members support the Zoo’s mission to inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. We hope you visit often and take advantage of all the opportunities at the Zoo through your membership.
- Free unlimited general admission to John Ball Zoo for a year from the date of purchase
- Free or reduced admission to over 150 reciprocal zoos and aquariums across North America
- 20% discount on John Ball Zoo retail, along with food and beverage purchases
- Discounts on special events, birthday parties, and education classes (early registration too)
- Additional discounts seasonal experiences including the zip line, ropes course, camel rides, budgie feed sticks, and the Gem Company
- Invitations to exclusive members-only events
Levels of Membership
We’re excited to have you as a Zoo Member! As a member, you’ll receive free unlimited general admission to John Ball Zoo for a year from the date of purchase, along with other amazing benefits and invitations to exclusive members-only events. Select the membership level that appeals to you below.
Levels of Membership
Frequently Asked Questions About Membership At John Ball Zoo
This is a list of institutions that have opted to allow our members to receive free or discounted admission to their facilities in exchange for the same from the John Ball Zoo.
You can view the list by clicking below or one can be mailed upon request, please call 616-336-4312.
We offer several local reciprocal opportunities that change year to year. We communicate about these partnerships through member emails and on our Facebook page. Be sure to bring your Zoo membership card and personal photo ID when you visit our partners.
Reciprocal institutions may change their policies at any time. We cannot guarantee that the list in place when you purchase or renew your membership will remain the same for the duration of your membership.
Although most zoos and aquariums update their reciprocal policies at the close of the calendar year, some changes may occur during the year. We make every attempt to post updates as quickly as possible, but it is always a good idea to call the zoo or aquarium you plan on visiting beforehand.
Does the Guest and/or Caregiver on my membership receive reciprocal benefits? The number of guests permitted may vary depending on the zoo or aquarium. Again, it is best to call the institution you hope to visit ahead of time so they may communicate their policies.
You may have to pay admission. You can ask the organization to call our Zoo during regular Membership Office hours (10:00am-4:00pm, M-F, excluding holidays), but this is not a guarantee. You should always have your membership card and photo ID when visiting reciprocal institutions. Contact the membership department (616) 336-4312 if you would like a PDF copy of your member card to be emailed to you to keep on your phone.
Many zoos and aquariums will not accept reciprocal memberships for special events.
Free admission for qualified individuals across the state of Michigan
John Ball Zoo’s JUMP program helps break down barriers to outdoor, nature-based education by providing free admission for qualified individuals across the state of Michigan.
Ruth Jones, a former John Ball Zoo board member and principal for Grand Rapids Public Schools, imagined a program that would make the Zoo accessible to families regardless of income. All while encouraging an enriching, educational, and cultural experience. In 1998, the JUMP program was born and has since welcomed hundreds of thousands of families to the Zoo.