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New Cancellation/Refund Policy effective January 3, 2022
Programs cancelled by the registrant at least two weeks in advance of the program date may receive a refund. Refunds or credits are no longer available for programs cancelled by the registrant within two weeks of the program date.

If you are a Zoo Member or have a promotion code, please enter this information at the time of ticket purchase checkout. Scroll down for a complete listing of all Education Programs.
 
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.

Toddlers: Beastly Behaviors
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
For 18-36 months olds
Hop like a bunny, creep like a caterpillar, or fly like a bat!  Animals sure do move their bodies in a lot of different ways! During the course of this four-week series, we'll explore the different ways that animals move around their home. With dramatic play, songs, animal visitors, and hikes into the Zoo, participants will not only learn about animals, but will also work on their gross and fine motor skills and social skills in a fun environment with their peers.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks.
  
Note: Plan for one adult to stay with your child during these classes. 
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.
 


Toddlers: What Shape Is Your Home?
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
For 18-36 months olds
Does a robin's nest look like a circle? Does a tree trunk look like a rectangle? What better way to learn how we can discover shapes than by learning with animals? Bring your toddler to this four-week series to learn how we can discover shapes while we learn about animals! Join us to learn about animal homes while we move around the Zoo, meet animals in the classroom and act like an animal with our friends.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks.

Note: Plan for one adult to stay with your child during these classes.
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.

Pre-K: At Home In The Cold
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
For 3, 4 and 5 years old not in kindergarten
Do you like to play outside when it's cold or snowy? So do some Zoo animals!
Join us as we journey through the Zoo to identify the animals with the best adaptations to keep warm on the coldest days.  We call these friends cold weather warriors! Bundle up—it might get chilly! 

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks  

Note: Plan for one adult to stay with your child during these classes.
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.

Pre-K: Feelin' Hot Hot Hot
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
For 3, 4 and 5 years old not in kindergarten
Scorching sun, dry heat, no shade - wait, what?! People might run in the opposite way, but some animals can take the heat! Join us in this four-week series as we discover how some animals can survive the hottest temperatures on the planet!

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks  

Note: Plan for one adult to stay with your child during these classes.
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.


Kindergarten: My Home Is A
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
For Kindergarteners
Pack your bags and join us for a journey around the world! From the freezing arctic to tropical rainforests, different animals call different places "home." During this four-week series, we'll take hikes in the Zoo, meet special animal friends, and play games that will help us learn about the diverse and exciting habitats that animals call home.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks  

Note: Children attend this series independently. Please bring a mask. Masks may be required during certain animal encounters and experiences.​


Kindergarten: I Sleep In A
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
For Kindergarteners
Do you sleep in a nest like a cockatoo or do you burrow down in the dirt like an armadillo to stay safe and warm? Many animals sleep in unique places! During this four- week series, we'll play games, hike through the Zoo, and meet some new animal friends as we discover where different animals like to sleep and what sorts of material they use for shelter.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks  

Note: Children attend this series independently. Please bring a mask. Masks may be required during certain animal encounters and experiences.​


1st-2nd Grade: Livin' Off The Land
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
Can you picture an elephant climbing a tree? Some animals are made for life on the ground. Join us in this four-week journey to figure out what animals are best suited for terrestrial life! Discover these ground dwelling critters by meeting some animals in the classroom and out in the Zoo!

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks  

Note:
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.


1st-2nd Grade: Who Lives In The Water?
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
Who has flippers, fins, tails, or webbed feet? All of these body parts seem perfect for moving through water! Join us as we investigate how some animals live the aquatic life! In each class, we will explore aquatic animals around the Zoo, challenge ourselves with classroom activities and experience up close animal encounters.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks  

Note:
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.


3rd-4th Grade: Globetrotting
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $85.00
From the giraffes of Africa to the orangutans of Asia, this intercontinental journey will take us all over the globe. Explore the leaf-cutter ants of Central and South America to the river otters of North America in this four-week series where we’ll travel from north to south and east to west as we explore the wildlife that calls each continent home. 

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks  

Note:
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.


3rd-4th Grade: Island Inhabitants
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $85.00
Islands are very special places. Split from the mainland by water, over time, they become home to some unique animals and habitats. Come island-hop with us through this four-week series as we travel from the Galapagos to Madagascar to Sumatra (to name a few) to learn about the animals that are found only in these special ecosystems and the ways scientists are working to protect these amazing places.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks  

Note:
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.

5th-6th Grade: Backyard Biologist
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $85.00
Animals leave many signs behind when they live in or pass through a place. Their call, their footsteps, a nest spot and even their scat can tell us a lot about who they are and how they spend their time. Plants also have clues to tell us what they are and about the habitat in which they live. During this four--week class, we will learn to look for the signs that help us identify local plant and animal wildlife and what we can do to be good stewards to our own backyard wildlife.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks  

Note:
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.

5th-6th Grade: Animal Architects
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $85.00
From tree-eating elephants to mound-building insects, animals change, mold, and shape their world with the homes they build and the food they eat. During this four-week series, we will learn about the original architects of this world and how the things they build or destroy help them survive and impact their habitat.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks.  

Note:
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.

7th-8th Grade: Most Extreme Habitats
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $85.00
Polar, arid, harsh, and extreme are words that can describe some of the most seemingly inhospitable places, yet nature finds a way! From the tops of treacherous mountains to the middle of scorching deserts, some animals are adapted to not just survive, but thrive in some of the most extreme habitats on Earth. During this four-week series, we will do some in-depth investigations of these habitats and learn about the lengths that animals will go to, to make them their homes.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks.

Note:
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.

7th-8th Grade: Sharing Spaces And Common Places
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $85.00
Humans and animals share habitat in places as close as our backyard and as far away as the savannahs of Kenya. With such close proximity, conflict can arise, but so can coexistence. During this four-week series, we will explore the ways we have found a balance, and the wildlife and cultures that have benefited from these successes.

Dates: Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks.  

Note:
Masks are highly recommended. Masks may be required for some animal encounters. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.

 
FAMILY PROGRAMS
These family-oriented programs explore wildlife through activities and hikes 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.

The Zoo Gourmet
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $15.00
Food is a huge part of celebrating holidays! At the Zoo, our animals feast year-round on carefully planned diets. Join us for a holiday food frenzy and learn how we feed thousands of animals every day. Through a game, a hike around the Zoo, and with the help of our Education animal ambassadors, we'll learn about why different animals eat different foods, and how the Zoo manages its many menus.

NOTE: Please bring a mask. Masks may be required for animal encounters. One adult must register per family group. Children under 2 years old do not need a ticket.

Maple Tapping and Tasting
Regular Price: $35.00
Member Price: $30.00
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 Bowyer Farm in Lebanon, located at 2210 Mason Montgomery Road.


This is an outdoor program- dress warmly and with comfortable walking shoes to walk approximately 1/2 mile over uneven terrain.


Register each person attending, except for children under 2 years of age.
Session Maple Tapping and Tasting: Saturday, February 18, 2023 1:00PM - 3:00PM AVAILABLE

 
WINTER CAMPS

4yr-Kindergarten: Cold Weather Critters
Regular Price: $165.00
Member Price: $150.00
Br-rr-rrrr, get out the gloves, jackets and hats: winter is coming! Good thing many animals have built-in cold weather gear! Join us for this adventure as we meet cold weather animals face-to-face, hike to animal habitats, and discover the local wildlife that can tough out the harsh cold, just like we can!

NOTE: Please bring a mask. Mask may be required during some animal encounters and experiences.

1st-2nd Grade: Cold Weather Critters
Regular Price: $165.00
Member Price: $150.00
Br-rr-rrrr, get out the gloves, jackets and hats: winter is coming! Good thing many animals have built-in cold weather gear! Join us for this adventure as we meet cold weather animals face-to-face, hike to animal habitats, and discover the local wildlife that can tough out the harsh cold, just like we can!

NOTE: Please bring a mask. Mask may be required during some animal encounters and experiences.
 

3rd-4th Grade: Winter Warriors
Regular Price: $165.00
Member Price: $150.00
Some animals are equipped to tough out the cold and snow while others migrate or hibernate to avoid the winter weather altogether. During this fun, hands-on program, we will investigate our own cold-weather adaptations with Zoo hikes, compare our adaptations to those of other animals with animal visits, and use games and other activities to have fun exploring and playing together.

NOTE: Please bring a mask. Mask may be required during some animal encounters and experiences.

5th-8th Grade: Winter Warriors
Regular Price: $165.00
Member Price: $150.00
Some animals are equipped to tough out the cold and snow while others migrate or hibernate to avoid the winter weather altogether. During this fun, hands-on program, we will investigate our own cold-weather adaptations with Zoo hikes, compare our adaptations to those of other animals with animal visits, and use games and other activities to have fun exploring and playing together.

NOTE: Please bring a mask. Mask may be required during some animal encounters and experiences.

 
HOLIDAY DAY CAMP

4yr-Kindergarten: Zoo Play Date
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00

Is play an important part of your day? It is to animals here at the Zoo! In this one-day camp, we will explore how both human and non-human animals use play to stay healthy and learn how to get along with others. With interactive activities and observations of animals both in the Zoo and in the classroom, we will learn about how play is useful in keeping our animals happy and healthy. We will even create some special enrichment toys for some special Zoo residents to enjoy.

Join us on either Martin Luther King Day OR Presidents Day for this single-day camp! 

Note: Please bring a mask.  Masks may be required for some animal encounters and experiences.  


1st-2nd Grade: Zoo Play Date
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00

Is play an important part of your day? It is to animals here at the Zoo! In this one-day camp, we will explore how both human and non-human animals use play to stay healthy and learn how to get along with others. With interactive activities and observations of animals both in the Zoo and in the classroom, we will learn about how play is useful in keeping our animals happy and healthy. We will even create some special enrichment toys for some special Zoo residents to enjoy.

Join us on either Martin Luther King Day OR Presidents Day for this single-day camp! 

Note: Please bring a mask. masks may be required during some animal encounters and experiences.


3rd-4th Grade: Zoo Play Date
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00

Is play an important part of your day? It is to animals here at the Zoo! In this one-day camp, we will explore how both human and non-human animals use play to stay healthy and learn how to get along with others. With interactive activities and observations of animals both in the Zoo and in the classroom, we will learn about how play is useful in keeping our animals happy and healthy. We will even create some special enrichment toys for some special Zoo residents to enjoy.

Join us on either Martin Luther King Day OR Presidents Day for this single-day camp! 

Note: Please bring a mask. Mask may be required during some animal encounters and experiences.


5th-8th Grade: Zoo Play Date
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00

Is play an important part of your day? It is to animals here at the Zoo! In this one-day camp, we will explore how both human and non-human animals use play to stay healthy and learn how to get along with others. With interactive activities and observations of animals both in the Zoo and in the classroom, we will learn about how play is useful in keeping our animals happy and healthy. We will even create some special enrichment toys for some special Zoo residents to enjoy.

Join us on either Martin Luther King Day OR Presidents Day for this single-day camp! 

Note: Please bring a mask. Mask may be required during some animal encounters and experiences.


 
T-SHIRTS

Vintage Camp TShirts
Price: $10.00
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Get your vintage camp tshirt! Summer Camp 2019 (pollinators), Spring Break 2020 (wildebeest), Summer Camp 2021 (kangaroo) all available now. Youth and Adult sizes for the whole family!

All t-shirts are for pickup only, at the Harold C Schott Education Building at 56 Erkenbrecher Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45249 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, or Saturday 9am-12pm. Call 513-559-7730 when you arrive. All orders will be held for 4 business days, and then returned to inventory if not picked up. 

Gildan Brand 100% Cotton. See size chart.

 
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 150,000 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 every day and enjoy the quintessential Cincinnatian experience 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.

NOTE: Purchasing a gift certificate does not guarantee a space in programs. Sign up for our quarterly Education Program Announcement email to receive notices of new programs and when they go on sale.

$245.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $245.00
Perfect for Full Day Camp 2022 at the member price!
Spring Break or Summer full day camps for 4yr-6th grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$260.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $260.00
Perfect for Full Day Camp 2022 at the non-member price!
Spring Break or Summer full day camps for 4yr-6th grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$255.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $255.00
Perfect for Full Day Camp 2022 at the member price!
Spring Break or Summer full day camps for 7th-8th grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$270.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $270.00
Perfect for Full Day Camp 2022 at the non-member price!
Spring Break or Summer full day camps for 7th-8th grade, or 5th-8th Eco-Explorers at Bowyer Farm.

Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$130.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $130.00
Perfect for Half Day Camp 2022 at the member price!
Summer half day camps for 4 year - 2nd grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$145.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $145.00
Perfect for Half Day Camp 2022 at the non-member price!
Summer half day camps for 4 year - 2nd grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$100.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $100.00
Perfect amount for a Zoo Troop series.

Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$50.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $50.00
Great for Family Day Programs or single Family Sunset Safari program.

Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$15.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $15.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

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