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ZOO TROOP
Learning and growing is fun at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden! These 4 week series encourages the development of important skills and values that will allow your child to interact with peers while fostering knowledge and respect for wildlife and wild places. Through age appropriate, skill and wonder-building hands-on activities, close encounters with animals, Zoo hikes, and child-led projects, children learn biological concepts and become curious to explore the world around them and find their own answers. Come to Zoo Troop, where children can let their imagination run wild!

New skills and experiences are learned in each 4-week Zoo Troop series. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for each new series.

Please note: The Zoo cannot prorate Zoo Troop fees and gift certificates will not be issued for missed classes. Participants who withdraw from Zoo Troop will receive a gift certificate which never expires and may be used for any Zoo camps or classes.

Toddlers: Colorful Creatures
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
Can you see the brilliant colors of nature? Join us in this four week series as we take a closer look at the Zoo's beautiful creatures and learn to identify their colors! We will meet special animals such as birds with red feathers, beetles with black bodies, and snakes with yellow scales!

IMPORTANT: These classes will be held outdoors, with shelter available in case of bad weather. Please plan for one adult to stay with your child during these classes.  We require adults accompaning their children to classes to wear masks to be in compliance with the governor's guidelines.
 

Pre-K: Finding Food
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
What would you do to get your hands on your favorite food? Let's discover what is takes for an animal to find their next delicious meal. Join us on a journey around the Zoo while we find other animals that are really good at finding food! Animals find food by using their hands, eyes, ear, nost and mouth, just like we do!

IMPORTANT: These classes will be held outdoors, with shelter available in case of bad weather. Please plan for one adult to stay with your child during these classes.  We require adults accompaning their children to classes to wear masks to be in compliance with the governor's guidelines.

Kindergarten: Beasty Feasts
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Have you ever been as hungry as a horse? If so, what did you eat? Are you a picky eater? So are some of the Zoo animals! During this four week series, we'll take hikes in the Zoo, meet some special animal friends, and play games that will help us learn about the crazy variety of animal diets and what is on the menu for our Zoo animals.

IMPORTANT: Parents are encouraged to allow their children to experience these classes independently.  We require children attending class to wear masks during animal demonstration to be in compliance with the governor's guidelines.
 

1st-2nd Grade: Tasty Treats
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Every living thing needs energy to survive. Animals get energy from the food they eat! Joins us in this four week journey to figure out what some of our Zoo animals like to eat. Some animals eat plants, while some animals eat other animals. Let's study this food chain by meeting some animals in the classroom and our in the Zoo!

IMPORTANT: Parents are encouraged to allow their children to experience these classes independently.  We require children attending class to wear masks to be in compliance with the governor's guidelines.

3rd-4th Grade: Feeding Frenzy
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
From teeth to talons, animals have a lot of adaptations that help them to find and eat their food. Join us for this four-week series as we investigate what animals eat and how they find their food with hands-on activities and animal visitors.

IMPORTANT:  We require children attending class to wear masks to be in compliance with the governor's guidelines.

 

5th-6th Grade: Eat Like an Animal
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
When it comes to finding food, the rules of the wild are eat or be eaten. Come and learn about the adaptations animals have to find and eat their food, their role in the food chain, and how our eating habits compare to theirs. We will also learn about how our Zoo nutritionist makes sure that our Zoo animals eat a diet that mimics that of their wild counterparts. Of course, animal visitors, Zoo hikes, and other activities will play a big role in this 4-week series as we learn and explore what it means to eat like an animal.

IMPORTANT:  We require children attending class to wear masks to be in compliance with the governor's guidelines.

7th-8th Grade: Zoo-vivor
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
In the wild, it is all about survival and you are either the hunter or the hunted. During this four week series, we will learn about the adaptations that animals and plants can employ to survive and thrive in a wild and unpredictable world. We will also learn about the role that humans play in forming and changing the rules and the roles of wildlife in their habitat.

IMPORTANT:  We require children attending class to wear masks to be in compliance with the governor's guidelines.

 
VIRTUAL ZOO TROOP
Join us online for Virtual Zoo Troop
These 4 week series encourage the development of important skills, values, and knowledge, all done through virtual video conferencing live at the Zoo! Virtual Zoo Troop offers an online experience with a knowledgable Zoo Educator delivering age appropriate online activities, close encounters with animals, and Zoo hikes. These programs seek to foster knowledge and respect for wildlife and wild places, and encourage kids to become more curious about the world around them, teaching them the tools to find their own answers. Join Virtual Zoo Troop, where children can let their imaginations run wild!

New skills and experiences are learned in each 4-week Zoo Troop series. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for each new series. Each class is live but is recorded. If you can't join the live class you can always catch up later.

Please Note: You need an internet connection and a device (computer, smartphone or tablet) to access the online platform. You will receive a link to the online classroom prior to the program you've registered for. Programs are live and occur at preschedule dates and times but are also recorded for later viewing. The Zoo will not provide technical support before or during the program.

Pre-K: Finding Food
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
This is a virtual, online program. An adult must participate with every Pre-K child. There is no charge for adult participants. 

What will you do to get your hands on your favorite food?!? Let's discover what is takes for an animal to find their next delicious meal. Join us on a journey around the Zoo while we find other animals that are really good at finding food! Animals find food by using their hands, eyes, ear, nost and mouth, just like we do!
Session Pre-K: Finding Food: Fri, Sep 25, 2020 - Fri, Oct 16, 2020 11:00AM - 11:45AM AVAILABLE

Kindergarten: Beasty Feasts
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
This is an virtual, online program.

Have you ever been as hungry as a horse? If so, what did you eat? Are you a picky eater? So are some of the Zoo animals! During this four week series, we'll take hikes in the Zoo, meet some special animal friends, and play games that will help us learn about the crazy variety of animal diets and what is on the menu for our Zoo animals.
 
Session Kindergarten: Beasty Feasts: Fri, Sep 25, 2020 - Fri, Oct 16, 2020 3:30PM - 4:30PM AVAILABLE

1st-2nd Grade: Tasty Treats
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
This is a virtual, online program.

Every living thing needs energy to survive. Animals get energy from the food they eat! Joins us in this four-week journey to figure out what some of our Zoo animals like to eat. Some animals eat plants, while some animals eat other animals. Let's study this food chain by meeting some animals in the classroom and our in the Zoo!
Session 1st-2nd Grade: Tasty Treats: Mon, Sep 21, 2020 - Mon, Oct 12, 2020 3:30PM - 4:30PM AVAILABLE

3rd-4th Grade: Feeding Frenzy
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
This is a virtual, online program.

From teeth to talons, animals have a lot of adaptations that help them to find and eat their food. Join us for this four-week series as we investigate what animals eat and how they find their food with hands-on activities and animal visitors.

 
Session 3rd-4th Grade: Feeding Frenzy: Tue, Sep 22, 2020 - Tue, Oct 13, 2020 3:30PM - 4:30PM AVAILABLE

5th-6th Grade: Eat Like an Animal
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
This is a virtual, online program.

When it comes to finding food, the rules of the wild are eat or be eaten. Come and learn about the adaptations animals have to find and eat their food, their role in the food chain, and how our eating habits compare to theirs. We will also learn about how our Zoo nutritionist makes sure that our Zoo animals eat a diet that mimics that of their wild counterparts. Of course, animal visitors, Zoo hikes, and other activities will play a big role in this 4-week series as we learn and explore what it means to eat like an animal.
Session 5th-6th Grade: Eat Like an Animal: Wed, Sep 23, 2020 - Wed, Oct 14, 2020 3:30PM - 4:30PM AVAILABLE

7th-8th Grade: Zoo-vivor
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
This is a virtual, online program.

In the wild, it is all about survival and you are either the hunter or the hunted. During this four-week series, we will learn about the adaptations that animals and plants can employ to survive and thrive in a wild and unpredictable world. We will also learn about the role that humans play in forming and changing the rules and the roles of wildlife in their habitat.
Session 7th-8th Grade: Zoo-vivor: Thu, Sep 24, 2020 - Thu, Oct 15, 2020 3:30PM - 4:30PM AVAILABLE

Media Release Agreement
By participating in a Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden program, all participants grant the Zoo permission to use and publish photographs, video, or audio, written statements and/or verbal interviews from participants. The Zoo is allowed all rights, title, and interest in the finished work and may transfer or broadcast the same to any individual, business, TV, radio station, or print media.

If you are not able to tune in during the live program we are recording the classes. If you would like a recording of the class please email us (education@cincinnatizoo.org) and we will share that class recording. Because these are recorded it's important you are
 
SUMMER CAMP
Zoo Summer Camp 2020 is now avaiable June 29th through August 28th! Camp will re-open with new saftey guidelines and some restrictions. In-person camp will be avaiable for 1st-8th graders only (no 4 year olds and Kindergarteners) and just Full-Day Camp (no Half-Day). There will be no Before or After Care options. All groups will be limted to 9 children with one Zoo Educator. Additional information on how we are keeping children, staff and zoo animals safe can be found here.

Explore the Zoo, experience nature, and discover the excitement and wonder of animals! Hikes in the Zoo, visits from Animal Friends, crafts, train rides, animal shows, and so much more make Summer Camp a jam packed week to remember! Please register children according to the grade they will enter in the fall.

Full Day Camps: 9:00am-4:00pm. Please pack a lunch. Topic is the same each week.

1st-2nd Grade: Zooper Heroes
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
A bird that can fly at speeds of 200mph? A cat that can leap 12 feet into the air? Animals can be out of this world when it comes to their super adaptations. Come to summer camp and discover these animals and their incredible super-powers. Each day, we will look at a superhero with amazing superpowers, and then see if our Zoo animals can measure up to their spectacular abilities. The camp will include Zoo hikes, games, and up-close live animal encounters.

This full day camp is for children entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall.

3rd-4th Grade: Expedition Naturalist
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
Campers will get a chance to become Naturalists as they choose their destiny through different expeditions. These expeditions will traverse through the world's different biomes. As they complete each expedition they will become equipped with the knowledge and the tools it takes to become a real naturalist.

This full-day camp is for children entering 3rd or 4th grade in the fall.

5th-6th Grade: Exploring Enrichment
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
What do boomer balls, spices, braided butcher paper, and fish-sicles all have in common? They are different forms of animal enrichment! Enrichment provides stimulation to our Zoo animals keeping their minds and bodies healthy. Animal enrichment provides stimulation to our Zoo animals and serves as an important tool that keeps their minds and bodies healthy. In this camp, we will learn about the different forms of animal enrichment, who and what they are good for, and the role of the Zoo's enrichment committee in all of this through animal encounters, keeper interactions, games, and other activities. We will even get a chance to participate in the creation of some animal enrichment items and brainstorm some new enrichment ideas.

This full-day camp is for children entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall.

7th-8th Grade: Working With Wildlife
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
Full Day Camp

Animal keepers, field researchers, forensic zoologists, animal trainers…the list goes on and on when it comes to jobs that work with wildlife. Throughout the week we will have hands on animal encounters, meet a variety of virtual speakers who have careers working with wildlife, and go on instructor led hikes to explore the habitats around the Zoo. This is a hands-on class, so be prepared to get knee or elbow-deep in exploration of some of the jobs and tools of the trade that come with a wildlife-related career! Participants will even get the opportunity to write and record an animal-related 90-second naturalist video that might be selected to be on the Zoo’s website!


This full-day camp is for children entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall.

 
GIVE THE ZOO EXPERIENCE TO KIDS IN NEED

Support Low Income Students Visiting The Zoo
 
Other Amount: $
Donate today and support low income students visiting the zoo.

The Living Classroom Education Access Fund began in 2012. Since that time the fund has brought 60,000 low-income children and their teachers to the Zoo for a free, fun, standards-aligned daytime or overnight field trip.You can give EVERY child the opportunity to be inspired by wildlife everyday and enjoy the essential Cincinnatian experince of visiting this top zoo.

An entire grade of young people can visit the zoo for $1000.00
Provide a zoo experience to a bus full of students for $500.00
Send an entire classroom to the Zoo for $250.00
Any donation amount could help! Please donate today.

Learn more about the Living Classroom Education Fund here- http://cincinnatizoo.org/lceaf/

 
EDUCATION GIFT CERTIFICATES
Zoo Education Programs make a perfect gift. You can even redeem your Education Gift Certificate online! When making a purchase online with an Education Gift Certificate select the Gift Certificate option in the payment screen and enter the barcode number.

$10.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $10.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$50.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $50.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$100.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $100.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$225.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $225.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.