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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: Movers & Shakers
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
Does your child like to jump, hop, crawl, or climb? Learn how animals are movers and shakers just like them! This is our time to discover how animals get from place to place, using their bodies to maneuver about their homes. We'll learn about animal locomotion while we move around the Zoo, meet animals, and act like animals with our friends.

IMPORTANT: We require adults accompanying their children to classes to wear masks to be in compliance with the governor's guidelines. Please plan for one adult to stay with your child during in-person and virtual classes.

Capacity: 10 children, 10 adults

Pre-K: Ani-Moves
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
Have you watched a caterpillar inch across a leaf or a rabbit hop through the grass? From crawling like a caterpillar to hopping like a bunny, we will mimic the movement our animal friends make and learn about what makes them special. Join us in this four week series as we discover how animals can fly, jump, hop, swing, and dive!

IMPORTANT: We require adults accompanying their children to classes to wear masks to be in compliance with the governor's guidelines. Please plan for one adult to stay with your child during in-person and virtual classes. 

Capacity: 10 children, 10 adults

Kindergarten: I Like to Move It Move It
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Do you scurry like a squirrel or swing like a siamang? Do you run like a rhino or paddle like a penguin? We'll hike through the Zoo and meet some new animal friends as we discover (and try out) all of the amazing ways animals move through their world.

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.

Capacity: 12 children

1st-2nd Grade: Walk This Way
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Creep with eight legs, crawl with six legs, sprint with four legs or walk with just two...join us on this journey as we investigate how animals move! In each class, we will explore animal movers around the Zoo, challenge ourselves with activities and experience up close animal encounters.

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. 


Capacity: 12 children

3rd-4th Grade: Animals on the Move
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
From gibbon brachiation to penguin paddling, we will take a look at animal locomotion and learn about the adaptations that allow animals to move in different ways. We will also test some of our locomotion skills and see how we measure up when compared to some wild movers and shakers around the Zoo.

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

Capacity: 12 children

5th-6th Grade: Prowl Like a Predator
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
Whether you hunt with talons or teeth, stealth or speed, when you are at the top of the food chain, you have to be fierce. We will explore the meat-eaters of the mountains, carnivores of the canopy, savanna stalkers, and polar prowlers to learn how predators in different habitats are specially adapted to find and/or catch their food in the places they call home.

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

Capacity: 12 children

7th-8th Grade: Animal Olympians
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
We often focus on who is the strongest or fastest human, or which person can jump the highest or the farthest. This series will focus on how those Olympian talents apply to the animal kingdom and how these athletic skills translate into survival skills for wildlife. We will even test our own skills and, on the last week, those of our visitors, against those of our animal Olympians to see who would bring home the gold.

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

​Capacity: 12 children

 
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- Kindergarten: Ani-Moves
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Have you watched a caterpillar inch across a leaf or a rabbit hop through the grass? From crawling like a caterpillar to hopping like a bunny, we will mimic the movement our animal friends make and learn about what makes them special. Join us in this four week series as we discover how animals can fly, jump, hop, swing, and dive!

This is a virtual, online program. An adult must participate with every Pre-K child. There is no charge for adult participants. 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.
Session Fridays: Fri, Oct 30, 2020 - Fri, Nov 20, 2020 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.

 
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.

Please note: Refunds will be given only if the Zoo cancels a class.

The Zoo Gourmet
Regular Price: $13.00
Member Price: $9.00
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 visit from an Education animal ambassador, and a behind the scenes tour of the Zoo's commissary, we'll learn about why different animals eat different foods, how the Zoo manages its many menus.

IMPORTANT: All participants 4 years old and older must wear a mask during the program. One adult must register per family group.

 
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.