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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.

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

Half Day Camps: 9:30am-12:00 noon, 1:30pm-4:00. Two topics alternate weekly. No Before Care available.

All Camps include a summer camp t-shirt and snacks.

4 Years Old & Kindergarten: Catch Me If You Can
Regular Price: $240.00
Member Price: $225.00
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.

4 Year Olds & Kindergarten: Sensational Senses
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
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

4 Year Olds & Kindergarten: Bringing Up Baby
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
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.

1st-2nd Grade: Zooper Heroes
Regular Price: $240.00
Member Price: $225.00
Full Day Camp
Did you know that a certain bird can fly at speeds of 200mph? Animals can be out of this world when it comes to their super adaptations. Some can leap 12 feet high with a single bound! Come to summer camp and discover these animals and their "incredible" super-powers. Each day, we will look at an unbelievable superhero, 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

1st-2nd Grade: Growing Up
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
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.

1st-2nd Grade: Animal Chatter
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
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.

3rd-4th Grade: Expedition Naturalist
Regular Price: $240.00
Member Price: $225.00
Full Day Camp
Choose-Your-Own-Adventure:
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.

3rd-4th Grade: ZSI-Zoo Scene Investigation
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
Half Day Camp
Footprints... teeth marks... broken branches... and scat??? What can these clues tell us about the biology of wildlife and the events that occurred at the scene? Discover ways to study the evidence that animals leave behind as well as learn about ways that Zoo professionals are using science to help conserve wildlife.

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

3rd-4th Grade: Leaders of the Pack
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
Half Day Camp
During this week-long adventure, campers will discover animal leaders of all kinds, from keystone species to alpha males and females! Then campers will meet some leaders in conservation here at the Cincinnati Zoo! By the end of the week, campers will have the opportunity to become leaders in conservation themselves!

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

5th-6th Grade: Exploring Enrichment
Regular Price: $240.00
Member Price: $225.00
Full Day Camp
What do boomer balls, spices, 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. Through animal encounters, keeper interactions, games, and other activities, we will learn about the different forms of animal enrichment, whom and what they are good for, and the role of the Zoo's enrichment committee in all of this. We will even get a chance to participate in the creation of some animal enrichment items and brainstorm some new enrichment ideas to present to the enrichment committee.

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

5th-6th Grade: Operation Conservation
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
Half Day Camp
This program will explore the ins and outs of wildlife conservation. Through animal encounters, hikes, and other activities, we'll learn about real-life conservation efforts taking place at the Zoo, some of the tools researchers use to keep track of wild populations of species, and what we can do to help the wildlife in our own backyard.

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

7th-8th Grade: Working With Wildlife
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
Animal keepers, field researchers, animal trainers...the list goes on and on when it comes to jobs that work with wildlife. We'll meet some people who work with wildlife, some of the critters they work with, and tour some behind-the-scenes areas that help them do their job. 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 animal-related podcasts 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.

Before Care 8-9 am
Price: $45.00
Get an early start and register your camper for Before Care from 8-9 am for the full week of camp.

After Care 4-5:30 pm
Price: $55.00
After Care is offered from 4-5:30 pm everyday after camp.

 
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. Otherwise, a gift certificate will be issued to anyone giving notice up to 24 hours after a missed class. Gift Certificates never expire and may be used toward any Zoo camps or classes.

Hurray for Mom!
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $8.00
Many animals (including humans) have close relationships with their mothers. From the gentle jaws of an alligator to the comfy pouch of a wallaby, come and learn about our Zoo moms as we prepare to celebrate all moms the next day.
Session Hurray for Mom!: Sat, May 7, 2016 10:00AM - 11:30AM   WAIT LIST

Family Night Hike: Hey Baby!
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $8.00
The Zoo babies are here and they sure are cute! Come and learn some information about them such as their names, birthdays, and what their family lives are like. With some animal visitors in the classroom and an after-hours Zoo hike, we'll learn if there are any more babies on the way and why each birth at the Zoo is cause for celebration!

 
FAMILY OVERNIGHTS
These special evenings are designed for adults and children age 5 and up. Please note that at least one adult must be registered with each family group.

Please note: Refunds will be given only if the Zoo cancels a class. Otherwise, a gift certificate will be issued to anyone giving notice up to 24 hours after a missed class. Gift Certificates never expire and may be used toward any Zoo camps or classes.

Family Sleep with the Manatees
Regular Price: $45.00
Member Price: $40.00
Did you know that the Cincinnati Zoo is one of only two institutions outside of Florida that rescue and rehabilitate manatees? Come experience a once-in-a-lifetime sleepover with these gentle giants! During the overnight you will enjoy two sneak peeks behind the scenes, hike the Zoo at night, play games, experience animal encounters and fall asleep with our resident manatees, 2000 pound Betsy and young, 400 pound Abigail, swimming at your feet. At least one parent per family group is required to attend. PLEASE NOTE: PROGRAM FEE IS PER PERSON.
Session Family Sleep with the : Sat, May 7, 2016 - Sun, May 8, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00AM   WAIT LIST

 
GARDEN PROGRAMS
Please note: Refunds will be given only if the Zoo cancels a class. Otherwise, a gift certificate will be issued to anyone giving notice up to 24 hours after a missed class. Gift Certificates never expire and may be used toward any Zoo camps or classes.

Container Gardening
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $50.00
In this workshop you will learn about potting soils, choosing the right plants, and how to care for a container garden. Included in the registration fee are the materials and plants necessary to create your own movable garden masterpieces. Dress appropriately - this is a hands-on class.
Session Container Gardening: Wed, May 25, 2016 6:00PM - 7:00PM   WAIT LIST

 
BARROWS CONSERVATION LECTURE SERIES

Barrows Conservation Lecture Series
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $55.00

The 2016 speakers for the 24th annual Barrows Conservation Lecture Series include:

  • Jennifer Gray on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7pm
  • Drs. Suzana & Claudio Padua on Wednesday, April 13th at 7pm
  • Greg du Toit on Wednesday, April 20th at 7 pm
  • Dr. Joy Reidenberg on Wednesday, May 4th at 7pm
  • Scott Weidensaul on Wednesday, May 11th at 7 pm

  • Purchase the entire five part lecture series here and save, or select individual lectures below.

    PLEASE NOTE: To purchase multiple series tickets, you must register one person at a time. Click the BACK TO SHOPPING button to add your next registrant.

Dr. Joy Reidenberg
Regular Price: $14.00
Member Price: $12.00
Why Whales are Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful

Who doesn't like whales? They're awesome! This talk will dive into the wild world of their weird anatomy, wacky evolutionary story, and wonderful adaptations. Through the science of comparative anatomy, you will learn about what makes whales (including dolphins and porpoises) unique. We'll explore why their body differs from other animals, how it functions underwater, and what we can learn from this to benefit human medicine and technology.
Session Dr. Joy Reidenberg: Wed, May 4, 2016 7:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Scott Weidensaul
Regular Price: $14.00
Member Price: $12.00
Messing Around with Birds (For Fun and Science)

Join naturalist Scott Weidensaul for a lighthearted exploration of his many avian research projects, from banding hawks and tiny saw-whet owls to studying the migration of western hummingbirds that aren't supposed to be in the East in December (but are), and snowy owls down from the Arctic. Best of all, learn how anyone with some enthusiasm and time can make important contributions to the science and conservation of birds, and have a great time doing it.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind," about bird migration, "Return to Wild America," and "The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America." His newest book, "The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean," has just been published. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls and hummingbirds.
Session Scott Weidensaul: Wed, May 11, 2016 7:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

 
EDUCATION GIFT CERTIFICATES
Zoo Education Programs make a perfect gift. Purchase an Education Gift Certificate today. Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

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.

$5.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $5.00
Zoo Education Programs make a perfect gift. Purchase an Education Gift Certificate today. Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs. 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
Zoo Education Programs make a perfect gift. Purchase an Education Gift Certificate today. Education Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs. When making a purchase online with an Education Gift Certificate select the Gift Certificate option in the payment screen and enter the barcode number.

$25.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $25.00
Zoo Education Programs make a perfect gift. Purchase an Education Gift Certificate today. Education Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs. When making a purchase online with an Education Gift Certificate select the Gift Certificate option in the payment screen and enter the barcode number.

$30.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $30.00
Zoo Education Programs make a perfect gift. Purchase an Education Gift Certificate today. Education Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs. When making a purchase online with an Education Gift Certificate select the Gift Certificate option in the payment screen and enter the barcode number.

$50.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $50.00
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$100.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $100.00
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$115.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $115.00
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$210.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $210.00
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$235.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $235.00
Zoo Education Programs make a perfect gift. Purchase an Education Gift Certificate today. Education Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs. When making a purchase online with an Education Gift Certificate select the Gift Certificate option in the payment screen and enter the barcode number.