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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: Hoot and Holler
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
For 18-36 Month Olds
"Grr," says the tiger, "Quack," says the duck, "Hiss," says the... cockroach? Animals sure do have a lot to say! Come to the Zoo and learn to "talk" to the animals in their language! We'll tweet, growl and moo our way through this four-week series as we learn to listen to and mimic the sounds around us.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
 
Note: Masks are required for all adults while indoors. One adult must accompany children attending.
 

Pre-K: Finding Friends
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Join us for this four-week series as we investigate how animals communicate and live with one another! We will meet animals face to face in the classroom and out in the Zoo. Each week, we will communicate and share with our classmates, working together to find out just how animals communicate like you and me!

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

Note: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. One adult must accompany children attending.
 

Kindergarten: Bio-Buddies
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
Can a moth and a sloth be buddies? Can a tree and a bee be friends? Why not? Many animals have unusual friends. This four-week series will focus on discovering how animals help each other out and how these friendships fit into the balance of nature.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. 

1st-2nd Grade: Secret Messages
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
Shhhh! Some of the biggest animals make the quietest sounds. These careful creatures still work together to survive without making a peep! Join us as we investigate the plethora of other ways silent communicators send secret messages to each other.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

3rd-4th Grade: A Tail's Tale
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
A rudder, a signal, a balancer, a breaking system - tails serve all sorts of interesting functions. In this four-week series, we will look at the science and the structure of tails and who uses them for what, the clues a tail can tell about an animal's lifestyle, and the tools that we use to help make up for not having a tail ourselves.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

5th-6th Grade: Habitat Heroes
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
What do an alligator, a panda, and a frog have in common? They all play uniquely important roles in their habitats and the lives of the species with which they share it. During this series, we will learn about what terms such as "indicator species," "keystone species" and "umbrella species" mean as well as which special animals in our world (and Zoo) fill these roles.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

7th-8th Grade: Be Mine
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
Love is in the air this month. From stinky pheromones to musical duets and gifts of food to elaborate dance routines, animals have interesting ways of finding and winning over a mate. During this series, we'll learn about the role that sounds, sights, and smells play in animals finding each other and some of the funny and strange things that animals do to win over a prospective partner. We will also learn a little about the role that conservation science sometimes needs to play in the whole process, both in the wild and right here at our Zoo.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

 
HOLIDAY DAY CAMP

Zoo Play Date
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $50.00

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: Mask as required for all participants and adults while indoors.


 
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!

Zoo Camp is generously supported by: Grippo's

4yr-Kindergarten: Beauty and the Beast
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
Some animals are more than meets the eye.  From beautiful butterflies and parrots to beastly binturong and bats, we’ll see why looks can be deceiving and learn why there are just as many reasons (if not more) to love the beasts as the beauties.  By the end, we will learn that there is beauty in every beast.

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.
 

1st-2nd Grade: Blend Bolt or Bite
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
Animals can behave in different ways when faced with danger!  They can blend in, bolt out of sight or turn and bite!  Discover the tricky ways animals keep safe in this week-long camp that features up-close animal encounters and opportunities for excitement around every corner!

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

3rd-4th Grade: Animagination
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
From Fantastic Beasts and Pokemon Go to Angry Birds and Pete’s Dragon, there sure are a lot of magical, mythical creatures in movies and media! Come to this camp and we’ll learn about some of the real-life inspirations for these fantastical beasts, uncover some amazing adaptations of actual wildlife and then use what we learn plus our imaginations to “discover” and present a new species of our own creation.   

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

5th-6th Grade: Dr. Zoolittle's Training Camp
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
Discover how to “talk” to animals! Campers will be training new behaviors with some of our Zoo animal ambassadors. 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!

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.
 

7th-8th Grade: Mini Maynard Training Camp
Regular Price: $270.00
Member Price: $255.00
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 is a regular on T.V. shows promoting wildlife conservation.  Campers will experience the many different jobs Thane has done on the way to becoming our zoo director.  Campers will learn about animal handling, meet ambassador animals up-close and create a “90-second naturalist” podcast of their own on their way to becoming the next Zoo director. So watch out, Thane!

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

 
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.

Zoo Camp is generously supported by: Grippo's

4yr-Kindergarten: Catch Me If You Can
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
Full Day Camp
Do you think you can catch these critters? Discover what it means to be a predator or prey animal and how they use their adaptations to try to outwit, outrun, and hide from each other! Come and explore their wild worlds and help uncover their sneaky, stealthy secrets through interactive games, hikes through the zoo, and close encounters with Animal Ambassadors.

This full-day camp is for 4 year olds and children entering kindergarten in the fall.
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

4yr-Kindergarten: Sensational Senses
Regular Price: $145.00
Member Price: $130.00
Half Day Camp
Can you talk like an elephant or taste with your feet like a butterfly? Explore what sensory adaptations animals have and how these adaptations help them survive. We'll spend the week looking at our five senses and seeing how they compare to other animals' through close encounters with animal friends, interactive games, crafts, and hikes in the Zoo.

This half-day camp is for 4 year olds and children entering kindergarten in the fall
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

4yr-Kindergarten: Bringing Up Baby
Regular Price: $145.00
Member Price: $130.00
Half Day Camp
Do other animals live in families like humans? Are all babies raised by their moms? During this camp, we'll experience up-close animal encounters, make crafts, and, of course, hike around the Zoo to learn about why it can take a mom, dad, pack, or no one at all to raise a baby animal.

This half-day camp is for 4 year olds and children entering kindergarten in the fall.
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

1st-2nd Grade: Zooper Heroes
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
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.
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

1st-2nd Grade: Growing Up
Regular Price: $145.00
Member Price: $130.00
Half Day Camp
What do polliwogs, cubs, and owlets have in common? They're all babies! Spend a week learning how animals change and grow from the time they're born until they reach adulthood. Each day is packed with activities to help discover how insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals grow.

This half day camp is for children entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall.
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.s.

1st-2nd Grade: Animal Chatter
Regular Price: $145.00
Member Price: $130.00
Half Day Camp
Have you ever wondered what a lion was roaring about or a bird chirping about? This camp will explore animals and how they "talk" to each other. Join us for a fun-filled week, where campers will discover what animals are communicating, through smell, facial expressions and sound.

This half day camp is for children entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall.
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

3rd-4th Grade: Expedition Naturalist
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
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.
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

5th-6th Grade: Exploring Enrichment
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
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. 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.
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

5th-8th Grade: Eco-Explorers at Bowyer Farm
Regular Price: $270.00
Member Price: $255.00
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 5th,6th,7th,or 8th grade in the fall. Groups will be subdivided based on grade.
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

7th-8th Grade: Working With Wildlife
Regular Price: $270.00
Member Price: $255.00
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 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.
NOTE: Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

Before Care 8:00-9:00 am
Price: $55.00
Before Care is offered from 8:00-9:00 am everyday before camp. Before and After Care cannot be prorated.
NOTE: For full-day camps only. Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.
 

After Care 4:00-5:30 pm
Price: $65.00
After Care is offered from 4:00-5:30 pm everyday after camp. Before and After Care cannot be prorated.
NOTE: For full-day camps only. Campers and adults are required to wear a mask while indoors.

 
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.

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 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 over uneven terrain.


Register each person attending, except for children under 2 years of age.

 
T-SHIRTS

Vintage Camp TShirts
Price: $10.00
Product Image
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 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 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.