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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 for Half-Day Camps.

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

4 Years Old-Kindergarten: Where In The World?
Regular Price: $245.00
Member Price: $230.00
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 4 year olds and those entering Kindergarten in the fall.

4 Year Olds-Kindergarten:Fur, Feathers, and Scales
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $115.00
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 those entering Kindergarten in the fall.

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

4 Year Olds-Kindergarten: Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $115.00
Half Day Camp
Does your child like to jump, hop, swing, or climb? Bring your little mover and shaker to meet some of the Zoo's movers and shakers! We'll take a look at feet, fins, flippers, and wings and see how 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 those 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: $245.00
Member Price: $230.00
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 by meeting our ambassadors face to face! You will identify their features and decide who is the fastest, strongest, or largest of them all?

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

1st-2nd Grade: Feasts For The Beasts
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $115.00
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: $130.00
Member Price: $115.00
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: $245.00
Member Price: $230.00
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 populations and what information should be collected to help rescue these animals. Every day, campers 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: $130.00
Member Price: $115.00
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: $130.00
Member Price: $115.00
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: $245.00
Member Price: $230.00
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: Wild Survivors
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $115.00
Half Day Camp
From ducklings to spiderlings and pups to porcupettes, have you ever wondered how human babies measure up to animal babies? Who can walk within hours of being born? Who must hunt for their food at just a few days old? Does laying 1,000 frog eggs or giving birth to one giraffe calf have better odds of survival? Through hikes, animal encounters, and hands on activities, participants will see if human babies have what it takes to grow up in the animal kingdom.

This camp is for campers who are entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall.

Before Care and After Care are not available for half-day camps.

5th-6th Grade: Saving Wildlife And Wild Places
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $115.00
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: $255.00
Member Price: $240.00
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.

7th-8th Grade: Eco-Explorers
Regular Price: $255.00
Member Price: $240.00
Full Day Camp
Become a backyard biologist while exploring our fields, forests, and wetlands out at our 600 acre property this summer! During this five day camp, participants will spend time learning what it takes to protect our wild spaces through hands-on activities such as bird watching, butterfly tagging, and animal tracking. Our adventure camp will encourage your child to get back in touch with their wild side, while building confidence as they hone in on their naturalist skills. At the end of the week, 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 located in Lebanon, Ohio. You will receive address and directions once registered.

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.

 
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. Full refunds will be issued only if the Zoo is given at least two weeks' notice. Otherwise, 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: I Spy...
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
Our world is full of places to discover and explore and our toddlers are doing just that! Join us for a four week series as we explore our world by getting out into the Zoo and looking up, down, and all around! You and your child will explore the outdoors, meeting animals who live in the water, underground, in the soil, and way up into the sky. Each week we'll discover these animals through live encounters, Zoo hikes, and dramatic and exploratory play, in our own Education back yard.

STEPS:
1. Discover the words we use to describe nature
2. Identify animals and how they may be the same or different from one another
3. Use our senses to explore our surroundings
4. Develop senses of wonder and curiosity and our world and friends

PURPOSE:
When I have finished this series, I will have discovered that animals can live up in the sky, in the trees, or under the ground.

NOTE: One adult must accompany children attending this series.

Toddlers: Animal Tales
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
Do you know what The Very Busy Spider was doing all day long? Can you imagine all the creatures that live in The Tall, Tall Grass? Have you ever asked, "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" During this series your Zoo Trooper will move and explore our world like the animals in our books through dramatic play, meeting animals in the classroom, and exploratory hikes through the Zoo!

Steps
1. Use our bodies and senses to explore nature
2. Identify aniamls we see in books and make connections to our Zoo animals
3. Work on fine and gross motor skills through program activities
4. Make new friends by practicing communication, sharing, and caring

Purpose
When I have finished this Zoo Troop adventure, I will have discovered that I can use my body and senses to explore my world like animals do!

NOTE: One adult must accompany children attending this series.

Pre-K: Art Of Nature
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00

It's time to use our own creativity to explore the great outdoors! Come outside with us to create our own art projects and discover the fascinating art palette nature has to offer! Each week of our series we will meet animals face-to-face inside and around the Zoo, as we get hands-on with nature in our own backyard.

Steps
1. Discover how we can paint and play with nature
2. Identify animals and how they may be the same or different from one another
3. Use our senses to explore our surroundings
4. Develop friendships and learn to share our space with them

Purpose
When I have finished this Zoo Troop adventure, I will have fun playing and discovering that I can create art with nature.

NOTE: One adult must accompany children attending this series.

Session Pre-K: Art Of Nature: Sat, Jun 15, 2019 - Sat, Jul 6, 2019 10:00AM - 11:00AM   (1 AVAIL)

Pre-K Reading And Romping
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
Can you hoot for mom like the Owl Babies? Are you as colorful as The Mixed Up Chameleon? Can you move your body like an animal From Head To Toe? Through animal encounters, hands-on activities, and exploring the Zoo, your Zoo Trooper will begin to understand how the animals in these books are connected to the animals in the world around us!

Steps
1. Discover how we can move and act like the animals in our stories
2. Use observation skills to find the similarities and differences between the real animals and the ones in our books
3. Use our bodies and brains to explore the world around us
4. Develop friendships and learn to share our space with animals and classmates

Purpose
When I have finished this Zoo Troop series, I will have discovered the diffrent ways animals at the Zoo and the animals in books interact with each other and their world.

NOTE: One adult must accompany children attending this series.
Session Pre-K: Reading And Rom: Sat, Jul 20, 2019 - Sat, Aug 10, 2019 10:00AM - 11:00AM   (6 AVAIL)

 
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 Dad!
Regular Price: $13.00
Member Price: $9.00
From babysitters to breadwinners, the dads of many animal species take an active role in their families' lives. We'll take a hike around the Zoo, see an animal encounter, and play a game to learn more about these important and often overlooked family members as we celebrate them on their special weekend.
Session Hurray for Dad!: Sat, Jun 15, 2019 10:00AM - 11:30AM   AVAILABLE

Family Night Hike: Hey Baby!
Regular Price: $13.00
Member Price: $9.00
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 Night Hike: Water Wonders
Regular Price: $13.00
Member Price: $9.00
From tiny microorganisms to the largest mammals on earth, there is a lot of diversity when it comes to aquatic wildlife! We will take a look at the inner water workings of our largest water habitats and explore the animals that live in those. We will learn all about wonderful water wildlife and the role it plays in helping to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems!

 
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 Twiga-African Tented Camp Overnight
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $80.00
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 families with children age 5 and up. At least one parent per family group is required to attend. Please note: program fee is per person.

Family Sleep with the Manatees
Regular Price: $55.00
Member Price: $50.00
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 in 5 years and older. At least one parent per family group is required to attend. Please note: program fee is per person.

 
ADULT PROGRAMS
For wildlife enthusiasts 16 years 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: $165.00
Member Price: $155.00
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.

History and Hijinx Tours
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $11.00
How well do YOU know your Cincinnati Zoo? The honor of "second oldest Zoo in the nation" come siwth a lot of history and som epretty epic tales. Step back in time with Zoo animal care and trainer veteran of 50 years, Gary Denzler, as he leads you on a fun and factual story-based historical tour of the Cincinnati Zoo, sharing tales of the people and animals that have made this zoo what it is today.

This program is geared towards participants 16 years and older.
Session History and Hijinks To: Wed, Jun 5, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Wild About Wild Bees!
Regular Price: $30.00
Member Price: $25.00
Did you know that there are 500 bee species in Ohio, and only one of them makes honey? Dr. Olivia Carril will lead a workshop exploring the beauty and bounty of the native bees in the Cincinnati area. Attendees will learn about the diversity of sizes, colors, and lifestyles of bees in Ohio and why they are important to a healthy ecosystem. She will explain how to distinguish between bees, wasps, and flies, and ways you can encourage native bees in your own backyard. For the second half, she will lead a pollinator walk outside, finding native bees on flowers at the Zoo, giving participants a chance to get hands-on with these extraordinary pollinators!
Session Wild About Wild Bees!: Sat, Jul 27, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

 
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.