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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, 1:00pm-3:30pm. Two topics alternate weekly. No Before or After Care available.

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

4 Years Old & Kindergarten: Where In The World?
Regular Price: $240.00
Member Price: $225.00
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 and some colorful feathered friends! It's sure to be an adventure!

This full day camp is for children who will be 4, or 5 entering Kindergarten in the fall, at the time of camp.

4 Year Olds & Kindergarten:Fur, Feathers, & Scales
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
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 5 year olds entering Kindergarten in the fall.

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

4 Year Olds & Kindergarten: Shake, Rattle, & Roll
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
Half Day Camp
Does your child like to jump, hop, swing, or climb? Bring your little mover and shaker to meet some of our Zoo's movers and shakers! We'll take a look at feet, fins, flippers, and wings and see how many 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 5 year olds 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: $240.00
Member Price: $225.00
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 at their extremities and meet in the middle for cool science experiments and up close creature features.

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

1st-2nd Grade: Feasts For The Beasts
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
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.

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

1st-2nd Grade: Jungle Journey
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
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.

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

3rd-4th Grade: Choose Your Adventure Animal Rescue
Regular Price: $240.00
Member Price: $225.00
Full Day Camp
Choose-Your-Own-Adventure:
Animal Rescue
We have an action packed week planned for your camper. Campers will choose adventures that require teamwork to understand animal poplulations and what information should be collected to help rescue these animals. Everyday camper's 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.

3rd-4th Grade: You Are What You Eat
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
Half Day Camp
From mangoes to meat, you are what you eat! Join us for a week-long adventure to see what our Zoo animals eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Campers will have a chance to look at the Zoo's "pantry" and encounter some special animals (and, sometimes, what they leave behind) along the way.

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

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

3rd-4th Grade: Animal Myth Busters
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
Half Day Camp
Blind as a bat? Fire-breathing dragons? Catching warts from a toad? In the world of animal lore, can you tell fact from fiction? During this camp, we will go on hikes, meet animals in our classroom, and take part in fun activities, all in the name of science as we bust myths about some of the Zoo's very own animals and uncover the truth behind the legends.

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

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

5th-6th Grade: Animal Behavior 101
Regular Price: $240.00
Member Price: $225.00
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.

5th-6th Grade: Saving Wildlife And Wild Places
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $110.00
Half Day Camp
What is the Zoo doing to protect animals and plants and the habitats they need to survive? What does H.I.P.P.O. stand for and why should you care? After 5 days of visiting animal exhibits, spending time with animal ambassadors and Zoo staff, and other fun, hands-on activities, we'll dicscover the answers to these questions and more while learning about the challenges and triumphs that the zoos and wildlife face every day.

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

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

7th-8th Grade: Zoo Careers
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
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 demonstrations, & behind-the-scenes tours. We'll also give you a better understanding of the variety of zoo careers that are here at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

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.

 
SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS
A new name for the same great programs that your family loves!

Your child will explore, experience and discover the excitement and wonder of animals. These programs combine live animal encounters with age appropriate activities and learning opportunities, from crafts, games and songs to hikes in the Zoo, to create a unique learning experience and a time to remember. Adults are always welcome (no charge for up to two accompanying adults); we request that parents of toddlers and pre-k attendees accompany their child.

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.

Toddlers: Terrific Textures
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $11.00
Plants and animals come in all different textures! Some are soft like the hair on a rabbit, and others are rough like the scales on a bearded dragon's back! We will stroll through the Zoo and use our fingers to touch the many textures of nature!

This program is for children 18 - 36 months old.

Pre-K: Count On Me
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $11.00
One train, 6 legs, 7 penguins... there sure are a lot of things to count at the Zoo! Join us to work on counting the animal way! A craft, activities and the animals we see on hike and in our classroom will make practicing our counting skills fun. You know you can count on us for a good time!

This program is for three & four year olds, plus five year olds not yet in kindergarten.

 
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.

FNH: Fantastic (Real) Beasts & Where To Find Them
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $8.00
Dragons and aye-ayes and aardwolves, oh my! The Zoo is home to many wild and wonderful creatures! With animal visitors in the classroom and an evening prowl around the Zoo, we'll search for some real-life fantastic beasts and learn what makes them amazing and special.

 
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 Africa Predator Prowl Overnight
Regular Price: $45.00
Member Price: $40.00
Prowl the Zoo at night in search of predators from Africa and beyond! Meet some of our African animal ambassadors, hike through the Zoo at night, go behind-the-scenes to learn what it takes to take care for our African animals, and enjoy a light breakfast and morning show after spending the night!

This overnight is for children kindergarten and up. At least one parent per family group is required to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: PROGRAM FEE IS PER PERSON.
Session Family African Predato: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 - Sat, Jul 29, 2017 6:00PM - 9:00AM   (2 AVAIL)

Family Twiga-African Tented Camp Overnight
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $75.00
NEW! Transport yourself to Africa druing this brand new tented camp overnight experience at the Zoo! Built on the edge of the newly expanded Giraffe exhibit, Twiga Tented Camp offers an intimate, high-end, authentic adventure at the Zoo including special encounters with African animals, unique behind the scenes tours, comfortable cots in safari tents, a continental breakfast, and so much more.

This overnight is for children in Kindergarten and up. At least one parent per family group is required to attend. PLEASE NOTE: PROGRAM FEE IS PER PERSON.

Sleep with the Manatees
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $45.00
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, experience animal encounters and fall asleep with our resident manatees swimming at your feet.

This overnight is for children kindergarten and up. At least one parent per family group is required to attend. PLEASE NOTE: PROGRAM FEE IS PER PERSON.

 
ADULT PROGRAMS
For wildlife enthusiasts 15 and older, our in-depth adult classes provide thought-provoking learning along with a good time.

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.

Adult Twiga Overnight
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $140.00
Come join us for an experiential program that will transport you to Africa through unique opportunities only available for Twiga guests. You will start of the evening with drinks and hors d'oeuvres and then begin the tour which includes special encounters with some of our African Zoo animals. Then, your adventure continues with a special, behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to keep our animals happy and fed. We'll finish your experience by winding down around the bonfire before settling in for the night in one of four African safari tents on comfortable cot bunk beds. The morning begins with a continental breakfast, complete with a waffle bar, then you will wrap up this unique experience with a close encounter with our Giraffes.

NOTE: Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

 
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.

Plant Trials Day
Price: $75.00
Plan to attend the seventhth annual, highly acclaimed and popular horticultural event. This might just be the best one yet! It is an all day symposium, for professionals and gardeners, featuring top industry experts discussing the newest and best plants - everything from woodies to perennials to annuals - for our gardens. Speakers include Allan Armitage, Irvin Etienne, Steve Foltz, Deborah Hardwick, Jim Nau, and Mark Wessel. CEU's will be abailable; details to follow. A catered lunch is included with your registration.

Check-in is from 8-8:50am. A social hour will follow the program from 5-6 PM.

Please keep your ticket to show to receive free parking.
Session Plant Trials Day: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 8:50AM - 5:00PM   AVAILABLE

 
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
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.

$100.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $100.00
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.

$115.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $115.00
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.

$225.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $225.00
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.

$240.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $240.00
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.