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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: Oh Baby!
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
Toddlers (18-36 months)
Do you look like your mommy and daddy? Animal babies look like their mommy and daddy too! Join us for a 4-week adventure where we will match up mom and baby, using our voices and bodies to act like animals in the classroom and around the Zoo. Grownups will learn with us, as we watch animals in action, and learn about baby animals with our friends.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for four weeks.

Pre-K: Born Wild
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
PreK (3-4 year olds)
What is it like to be an animal baby? Some need more tender love and care than others, but they all need food, water and protection to survive! Join us as we learn about the most precious time of an animal’s life, where a baby will learn the most essential lessons from mom and dad! We will meet some beautiful babies face to face, out in the Zoo, and in the classroom.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for four weeks.

Kindergarten: Ready Set Play!
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
What is your favorite game to play on the playground? Have you ever played hide-and-seek or hopscotch? You may be surprised to discover that some animals are born knowing what to do while others play games in order to learn important lessons for survival! During this four-week series, we’ll take a closer look at the role of play in how baby animals learn the skills they need to survive as adults.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for four weeks.

1st-2nd Grade: Are You My Mother?
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
How are the lives of baby reptiles, mammals, birds and insects different? When you’re an animal baby, everything from what you eat to where you live all depends on who raises you! This spring is a great time to check out the diversity of the Zoo’s growing family. Join us as we meet animal friends, hike around the zoo, and play games to see who raises our favorite animal babies.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for four weeks.

3rd-4th Grade: My Wild Family Tree
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
What do tigers and ocelots have in common? How about painted dogs and wolves? Their wild family trees of course! With hikes, games, and classroom animal visitors, this four-week series will help us explore the parenting and family lifestyles of these wild animals and see if they have more in common than shared ancestry.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for four weeks.

5th-6th Grade: Raising Wild Ones
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
From baby parking to baby wearing, animals employ MANY different parenting styles. During this four-week series, participants will go on Zoo hikes, meet animals in the classroom, and engage in other fun activities that will help them explore the way that wild animal babies are raised and compare them to their own families.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for four weeks.

7th-8th Grade: Growing Up Wild
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
Imagine going from newborn to adult in a year, a few months, or less than a month! Imagine being independent from birth or staying a baby until conditions are right to become an adult! Imagine having 200 brothers and sisters! In this 4-week series, we will learn all about the crazy variety that can be found among baby animals and why growing up in the animal kingdom is a wild and wonderful thing!

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for four weeks.

 
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. Programs are live and occur at prescheduled dates and times but are recorded for later viewing. The Zoo cannot provide technical support before or during the program. A link to our Virtual Zoo Troop Portal and a password to access will be located on your ticket. The portal is accessible for approximately 1 week before and after the Zoo Troop series.

PreK-K: Born Wild
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
What is it like to be an animal baby? Some need more tender love and care than others, but they all need food, water and protection to survive! Join us as we learn about the most precious time of an animal’s life, where a baby will learn the most essential lessons from mom and dad! We will meet some beautiful babies face to face, out in the Zoo, and in the classroom.

Join us every Firday for four weeks.
Session Virtual PreK-K: Born Wild: Fri, Apr 16, 2021 - Fri, May 7, 2021 11:00AM - 12:00PM 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
 
ZOO TROOP T-SHIRTS

Zoo Troop Shirts (optional)
Price: $15.00
If your child is participating in Zoo Troop and you would like to purchase a Zoo Troop T-Shirt for your child, please do it here. Your child will recieve the shirt on the first day of class.

 
SPRING BREAK CAMP
These full-day camps include a camp t-shirt, snacks (campers pack lunch), live animal encounters, games, hikes, and so much more! Sign your child up for the wildest spring break ever!

4yr-K: All in the Family
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
If you thought keeping track of the members of your family was hard, imagine doing it for the entire animal kingdom! Organizing the diversity of life is complex. In this camp, we will learn to recognize the signs that tell us how to group reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects into their families. But watch out, there are some rule breakers in the bunch! 

1st-2nd Gr: Troops Groups and Herds
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Who is in your "pack?" Is it just your family or are friends allowed too? Do you eat together, play together, and take care of each other? Did you know some animals live, eat, and hang out in groups together, too? Bring your gaggle, flock, or pride to the Zoo and discover which animals stick together, how they form and maintain their bonds, and how group life helps them to survive.

3rd-4th Gr: I Wonder
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Does looking at animals fill you with wonder? Does walking around the Zoo spark a million questions? During this camp we will be the scientists investigating what the Zoo animals are up to. With our inquiring minds and untamed eyes, we will explore animal behaviors through investigations of our own creation.

5th-6th Gr: Dr. Zoolittle's Animal Training Camp
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Discover how to "talk" to animals! Campers will be training behaviors with a variety of Zoo animals including goats, chickens, and other animals. Learn about animal behavior and motivation while applying training techniques taught by Zoo professionals. By the end of camp, animals will be eating out of your hands - literally!

7th-8th Gr: Mini-Maynard Training Camp
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
Join us for a week long adventure and discover what it takes to become a future Zoo director! Our Zoo director, Thane Maynard, is known as a wildlife expert, a naturalist, author, and a regular on TV shows promoting wildlife conservation. Campers will experience the many different jobs Thane has done on on the way to becoming our Zoo director. Campers will learn about animal handling, go behind the scenes with Zoo animals, and create a "90 Second Naturalist" video of their own on their way to becoming the next Zoo director. So, watch out Thane!

 
SUMMER CAMP
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.

4yr-Kindergarten: Where In The World?
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
All aboard! Summer campers will take a journey from the North to South Pole and every Habitat in between! Along the way they’ll experience live animal encounters in the classroom, Zoo hikes to animals from every continent, and even get to feed some long-necked neighbors! It’s sure to be an adventure.

This full day camp is for 4 year olds and those entering Kindergarten in the fall.

4yr-Kindergarten: Fur Feathers and Scales
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
Half Day Camp
Are all animals covered in skin like ours? No way! Animals have different coverings that help them slither, hide, hover, and so much more! Campers will fly, flutter, slither, and scurry through the week as they experience up-close animal encounters, Zoo hikes, songs, games, and crafts!

This half day camp is for 4 year olds and those entering Kindergarten in the fall.

 

4yr-Kindergarten: Shake Rattle and Roll
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
Half Day Camp
Does your child like to jump, hop, swing, or climb? Bring your little mover and shaker to meet some of the Zoo’s movers and shakers! We’ll take a look at feet, fins, flippers, and wings and see how animals move around their world. Each day we’ll explore animal locomotion with hikes in the Zoo, crafts, games, and close encounters with some live animal “movers”. Whether it’s by land, sea, or air, your little one will enjoy this action-filled summer Zoo adventure!

This half day camp is for 4 year olds and those entering Kindergarten in the fall.

PLEASE NOTE: Before and After Care are NOT available for half-day camps.

1st-2nd Grade: Extreme Animals
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
Are you extreme enough? Animals are out of this world, equipped with outrageous abilities such as being able to dive a MILE deep into the ocean! Join us as we meet these extreme animals and discover why they must act the way they do. Your camper will explore the animal and plant kingdoms by meeting our ambassadors face to face! You will identify their features and decide who is the fastest, strongest, or largest of them all?

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

1st-2nd Grade: Feast For The Beasts
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
Half Day Camp
Termites, durian fruit, and dung are just a few of the unusual, tasty “treats” that animals like to eat. In the Zoo’s unique learning environment, your child will enjoy discovering the world of herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and scavengers as well as where they all fit into the food chain.

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

1st-2nd Grade: Jungle Journey
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
Half Day Camp
Come on a tropical safari with us! This camp will explore the tropical rainforest where we will meet every animal under the canopy! From singing gibbons to hooting gorillas, campers will take a trip around this awesome biome and discover some hidden jewels of the tropical rainforest and why these habitats are so very special.

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

3rd-4th Grade: Animal Rescue
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
Animal Rescue
We have an action-packed week planned for your camper. Campers will choose adventures that require teamwork to understand animal populations and what information should be collected to help rescue these animals. Every day, campers will "rescue" a different animal, make measurements, take weight, and estimate population sizes using field techniques.

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

5th-6th Grade: Animal Behavior 101
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
Studying an animal’s behavior in the wild or a zoo can help us get to know them better as individuals AND give scientists valuable insight into the nature and habits of their species. This knowledge can lead to improvements to their care and conservation in the wild and captivity. During this week-long camp, we’ll utilize Zoo hikes and special animal visits to focus on learning the basics of animal observation and investigate the questions that come up.

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

7th-8th Grade: Zoo Careers
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
Full Day Camp
Running a zoo involves a lot more than meets the eye. Join us for a week of exploring the many jobs involved in taking care of the Zoo’s animals and creating a great experience for Zoo visitors. You’ll get a chance to get down and dirty and creative with hands-on activities, animal encounters, & special experiences with Animal Care Staff. We’ll also give you a better understanding of the variety of zoo careers that are here at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

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

7th-8th Grade: Eco-Explorers
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
Full Day Camp
Become a backyard biologist while exploring our fields, forests, and wetlands out at our 600 acre Bowyer Farm! Campers will spend time learning what it takes to protect our wild spaces through hands-on activities such as bird watching, plant identification, and animal tracking. Our adventure filled camp will encourage campers to get back in touch with their wild side, while building confidence as they hone their naturalist skills. On Friday, your camper will lead you on a nature hike to show off their new skills.

This camp takes place at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Bowyer Farm, 2210 Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040.

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

 
FAMILY PROGRAMS
These family-oriented programs explore wildlife through animal demonstrations and hikes though the Zoo as well as crafts or games in a manner that is sure to be fun for all ages. Please note that at least one adult must be registered with each family group. Children under 2 years old are free.

Maple Tapping and Tasting
Regular Price: $30.00
Member Price: $25.00
Come join us at the Zoo’s Bowyer Farm for a fun afternoon full of history, hands-on activities, and storytelling all about maple tapping! This program offers a sweet peek into the history of this age-old tradition and offers an opportunity to participate in the maple tapping process. At the end, participants will be able to taste the pre-cursor to maple syrup, fresh from the tree, as well as some of the finished product! This program is sure to be fun for the whole family.

NOTE: This program takes place at our Boywer Farm in Lebanon, located at 2210 Mason Montgomery Road.
All participants 3 years and over must wear a mask.
This is an outdoor program- dress warmly and with comfortable walking shoes to walk approximately 1/2 mile or uneven terrain.
Session Maple Tapping and Tasting: Saturday, March 6, 2021 1:00PM - 3:00PM (1 AVAIL)

Sunset Safari: Goodnight Zoo
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $35.00
The day is ending and it is time for many Zoo animals to get ready for bed and for others to start waking up! Join us as we say “good night” to some daytime animals and “good morning” to those starting their night shift during up-close encounters, and hiking the Zoo.

IMPORTANT: All program participants must be 5 years and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. All participants must wear a mask.
 

 
GIVE THE ZOO TO KIDS IN NEED

Support Low Income Students Visiting The Zoo
 
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.

$235.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $235.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.
Perfect amount for Full Day Zoo Camp, at member price.

$250.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $250.00
Perfect for Full Day Summer Camp at the non-member price!
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.