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SUMMER CAMP FOR 4 YEAR OLDS and KINDERGARTENSUMMER CAMP FOR 1ST - 2ND GRADERSSUMMER CAMP FOR 3RD - 5TH GRADERS
SUMMER CAMP FOR 6th - 8th GRADERSZOO TROOP: TODDLERS (18-36 MONTHS)ZOO TROOP: PRE-K
ZOO TROOP: KINDERGARTENZOO TROOP: 1ST - 2ND GRADESZOO TROOP: 3RD - 5TH GRADES
ZOO TROOP: 6TH - 8TH GRADESSEASONAL HIGHLIGHTSFAMILY PROGRAMS
FAMILY OVERNIGHTSGARDEN PROGRAMSBARROWS CONSERVATION LECTURE SERIES
EDUCATION GIFT CERTIFICATES
 
SUMMER CAMP FOR 4 YEAR OLDS AND KINDERGARTEN

These Summer Camps are designed especially to meet the needs of four and five year olds as they continue to discover the excitement and wonder of animals. Visits from animal friends, hikes in the Zoo, and crafts make this learning experience a time to remember. You can choose from three topics offered weekly throughout the summer. Each topic is the same from week to week.

PLEASE NOTE: These camps are designed for children who are from 4 years old to those who will enter Kindergarten in the Fall.

 
Full Day Camp - Where in the World?
   Regular Price: $235.00 Member Price: $220.00 Qty
All aboard! Summer campers will take a journey from the North to South Pole and every habitat in between! Along the way they will experience live classroom animal encounters, hikes to animals habitats from every continent, and even get to feed some long-necked neighbors and some colorful feathered friends! It's sure to be an adventure!

Sign up for Before and After-Care once you've added Full Day Camp to your shopping cart.
 
 
Half Day Camp - Shake, Rattle and Roll
   Regular Price: $120.00 Member Price: $105.00 Qty
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 animals move around their world. Each day, we’ll explore the world of locomotion with hikes in the Zoo, crafts, games, and close encounters with some live “movers.” Whether it’s by land, sea or air, your little one will enjoy this fast-paced summer Zoo adventure!
 
 
Half Day Camp - Fur, Feathers and Scales
   Regular Price: $120.00 Member Price: $105.00 Qty
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!
 
 
SUMMER CAMP FOR 1ST - 2ND GRADERS

These Summer Camps are designed especially to meet the needs of 1st and 2nd graders as they continue to discover the excitement and wonder of animals. Visits from animal friends, hikes in the Zoo, and crafts make this learning experience a time to remember. You can choose from three topics offered weekly throughout the summer. Each topic is the same from week to week.

PLEASE NOTE: These camps are designed for children who will enter the 1st and 2nd grades in the Fall.

 
Full Day Camp - Extreme Animals
   Regular Price: $235.00 Member Price: $220.00 Qty
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 they 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.

Sign up for Before and After-Care once you've added Full Day Camp to your shopping cart.
 
 
Half Day Camp - Feast for the Beasts
   Regular Price: $120.00 Member Price: $105.00 Qty
Termites, durian fruits, and elephant 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 and where each animal fits into the food chain.
 
 
Half Day Camp- Jungle Journey
   Regular Price: $120.00 Member Price: $105.00 Qty
Come on a tropical safari with us! This camp will explore the tropical rain forest where we will meet every animal under the canopy! From singing gibbons to hooting gorillas, campers will take a jungle tour led by their expert guides. Join us on a trip around this awesome biome and discover the hidden jewels of the tropical rain forest.
 
 
SUMMER CAMP FOR 3RD - 5TH GRADERS

Exploring, experiencing, and discovering are activities for these Summer Camps for eight to eleven year olds. Designed to foster your child's excitement in animals, the program combines live animal encounters with age-appropriate activities and learning opportunities. You can choose from three topics offered weekly throughout the summer. Each topic is the same from week to week.

PLEASE NOTE: These camps are designed for children who will enter the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades in the Fall.

 
Full Day Camp - Choose your own Adv: Animal Rescue
   Regular Price: $235.00 Member Price: $220.00 Qty


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. Everyday, campers will rescue a different animal, make measurements, take weight and estimate population sizes using field techniques.
 
 
Half Day Camp - Animal Myth Busters
   Regular Price: $120.00 Member Price: $105.00 Qty
This year we will be bursting bigger myths than ever before!  Everyone know that bats don't get caught in people's hair. But what about snakes - can they really dive out of a tree?  And what about cockroaches - can they really lose their head and survive... for a week? Join us as we separate fact from fiction in the world animal lore.
 
 
Half Day Camp - You Are What You Eat!
   Regular Price: $120.00 Member Price: $105.00 Qty
From mangoes to marshmallows, you are sort of what you EAT! Join us, during this week long adventure, to see what our animals at the Zoo enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Campers will have a chance to look behind the scenes and encounter animals at every turn.
 
 
SUMMER CAMP FOR 6TH - 8TH GRADERS

Hands-on exploration and discovery are crucial elements of these programs for 6th - 8th Graders. Designed to provide a more in-depth investigation into topics on nature and wildlife, these Summer Camps combine live animal encounters with Zoo hikes and other topic-appropriate activities. You can choose from two topics offered weekly throughout the summer. Each topic is the same from week to week.

PLEASE NOTE: These camps are designed for children who will enter the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades in the Fall.

 
Full Day Camp - Zoo Careers
   Regular Price: $240.00 Member Price: $225.00 Qty
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 round out the experience with some guest speakers who will give you a better understanding of the variety of zoo careers that are here at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Sign up for Before and After-Care once you've added Full Day Camp to your shopping cart.
 
 
Half Day Camp - Saving Wildlife and Wild Places
   Regular Price: $120.00 Member Price: $105.00 Qty
What is the Zoo doing to protect wild animals and plants and the habitats that they need to survive? What does H.I.P.P.O stand for why should you care? After 5 days of visiting exhibits, spending time with Zoo staff, and meeting some animal ambassadors, you will discover the answers to these questions as well as encounter some of the challenges zoos and wildlife face every day.
 
 
ZOO TROOP: TODDLERS (18-36 MONTHS)

These new 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. Join us year round as we develop caring, confident, knowledgeable, and inspiring young people.

New skills and experiences are learned in each 4-week Zoo Troop series. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for each new series.

 
Oh Baby!
   Regular Price: $65.00 Member Price: $50.00 Qty
Do you look like your mommy and daddy? Animal babies look like their mommies and daddies too! Join us while we match up mom and baby, using our voices and bodies to act like animals in the classroom and around the Zoo. Grownups will learn with us as we watch animals in action and learn about baby animals with our friends.
 
 
ZOO TROOP: PRE-K

These new 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. Join us year round as we develop caring, confident, knowledgeable, and inspiring young people. These programs are designed especially for three and four year olds plus five year olds not yet in Kindergarten and a parent (no charge for adult.)

New skills and experiences are learned in each 4-week Zoo Troop series. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for each new series.

Starting in Spring of 2014, Zoo Troop will be available for all age groups.

 
Born Wild
   Regular Price: $65.00 Member Price: $50.00 Qty
What is it like to be an animal baby? Some need more tender love and care than others, but they all need food, water, and protection to survive! Join us as we learn about the most precious time of an animal's life, when a baby will learn the most essential lessons from mom and dad! We will meet some beautiful babies face to face, out in the zoo, and in the classroom.
 
 
ZOO TROOP: KINDERGARTEN

These new 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. Join us year round as we develop caring, confident, knowledgeable, and inspiring young people.

New skills and experiences are learned in each 4-week Zoo Troop series. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for each new series.

Starting in Spring of 2014, Zoo Troop will be available for all age groups.

 
Ready, Set, Play!
   Regular Price: $70.00 Member Price: $55.00 Qty
What is your favorite game to play on the playground? Have you ever played hind-and-seek or hopscotch? You may be surprised to discover that some animals are born knowing what to do while others play games in order to learn important lessons for survival! During this 4-week series we'll take a closer look at the role of play in how baby animals learn the skills they need to survive as adults.
 
 
ZOO TROOP: 1ST - 2ND GRADES

These new 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. Join us year round as we develop caring, confident, knowledgeable, and inspiring young people.

New skills and experiences are learned in each 4-week Zoo Troop series. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for each new series.

 
Are You My Mother?  
   Regular Price: $70.00 Member Price: $55.00 Qty
How are the lives of baby reptiles, mammals, birds, and insects different? When you're an animal baby, everything from what you eat to where you live all depends on who raises you! This spring is a great time to check out the diversity of the Zoo's growing family. Join us as we meet animal friends, hike around the Zoo, and play games to see who raises our favorite animal babies.
 
 
ZOO TROOP: 3RD - 5TH GRADES

These new 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. Join us year round as we develop caring, confident, knowledgeable, and inspiring young people.

New skills and experiences are learned in each 4-week Zoo Troop series. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for each new series.

 
Raising Wild Ones
   Regular Price: $70.00 Member Price: $55.00 Qty
From baby parking to baby wearing, animals employ MANY different parenting styles. During this 4-week series, participants will go on Zoo hikes, meet animals in the classroom, and engage in other fun activities that will help them explore the way that wild animal babies are raised and compare them to their own families.
 
 
ZOO TROOP: 6TH - 8TH GRADES

These new 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. Join us year round as we develop caring, confident, knowledgeable, and inspiring young people.

New skills and experiences are learned in each 4-week Zoo Troop series. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for each new series.

 
Growing Up Wild
   Regular Price: $70.00 Member Price: $55.00 Qty
Imagine going from newborn to adult in a year, a few months, or less than a month! Imagine being independent from birth or staying a baby until conditions are right to become an adult! Imagine having 200 brothers and sisters! In this 4-week series we will learn all about the crazy variety that can be found amongst baby animals and why growing up in the animal kingdom is a wild and wonderful thing!
  Session  Growing Up Wild - Sat : Sat,Apr 18,2015-Sat,May 9,2015 1:30PM-3:30PM   (1 AVAIL)
 
 
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.

 
Toddlers: Big or Small, Let's Find Them All
   Regular Price: $14.00 Member Price: $10.00 Qty
Can you imagine if an ant was as big as an elephant, or if a giraffe was as small as a deer? All of the animals in the Zoo come in different sizes—some bigger or smaller than others! Join in for a journey through the Zoo to discover some of the biggest and tiniest Zoo residents.
This program is for children 18-36 months old.
 
 
Toddlers: Terrific Textures
   Regular Price: $14.00 Member Price: $10.00 Qty
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: Animal Opposites
   Regular Price: $15.00 Member Price: $11.00 Qty
Whether you love elephants or inchworms, cheetahs or sloths, learning about opposites is super fun with the help of the Zoo's animals. We'll sing songs, play games, meet some animals and make a craft to help us learn the ins and outs of opposites!
This program is for three and four year olds, plus five year olds not yet in kindergarten.
 
 
Pre-K: Count On Me
   Regular Price: $15.00 Member Price: $11.00 Qty
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 and 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.

 
Hurray for Dad!
   Regular Price: $11.00 Member Price: $7.00 Qty
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 demo and play a game to learn about these important and often overlooked family members as we celebrate them on their special weekend!
 
 
Family Night Hikes: Hey Baby!
   Regular Price: $11.00 Member Price: $7.00 Qty
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 Zoo Yoga
   Regular Price: $11.00 Member Price: $7.00 Qty
Adults and 4-10 year olds are invited to join us to foster fitness, family, and fun with wildlife at the Zoo. At least one adult must attend. Adults and children must purchase separate tickets. This fun and active program is a beginner/mid-level class for adults and children and can serve as a great foundation for developing an interest in wildlife and fitness that can last a lifetime. Yoga mats are provided. Please bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing.
 
  Session  Family Zoo Yoga: Sat,May 2,2015 10:00AM-11:00AM   (17 AVAIL)
 
 
Family Night Hike: African Adventure
   Regular Price: $11.00 Member Price: $7.00 Qty
Come search the savannah and prowl through the rainforest as we search for some wild and wonderful African animals. With up-close encounters, fun activites and an evening Zoo hike, we will explore the amazing adaptations of these special animals and learn a little about the African wildlife—big and small—that call the Zoo home.
 
 
Family Night Hike: Cat's Incredible!
   Regular Price: $11.00 Member Price: $7.00 Qty
Topnotch reflexes, incredible strength and... furry faces?! Join us for an evening dedicated to some of the world's most amazing felines. After playing games, hiking around the Zoo and hearing conservation stories, it'll be pretty clear why these animals are the cat's meow.
 
 
Hurray for Mom!
   Regular Price: $11.00 Member Price: $7.00 Qty
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 on tomorrow's holiday just for them.
  Session  Hurray for Mom!: Sat,May 9,2015 10:00AM-11:30AM   (10 AVAIL)
 
 
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.

 
Family Camp Out
   Regular Price: $35.00 Member Price: $30.00 Qty
Families with children 5 years old and up are invited to pitch a tent behind the Giraffe Ridge exhibit. Then we will prowl the Zoo for night creatures, cats and crawlies. This program focuses on the behaviors and physical adaptations of animals, especially nocturnal animals. Bring your own tent and sleeping bag and camp out under the stars at the Zoo! 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: $35.00 Member Price: $30.00 Qty
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.
 
 
GARDEN PROGRAMS

 
Container Gardening
   Regular Price: $50.00 Member Price: $45.00 Qty
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 27,2015 6:00PM-7:00PM   (8 AVAIL)
 
 
Plant Trials Day
   Price: $49.00 Qty
Plan to attend the fifth 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 to be announced. Be sure to check the Zoo's website for further details as they become available and to register. A catered lunch is included with your registration.

CEU's will be available; details to follow.

Check-in is from 8-9am. A social hour will follow the program from 5-6pm.
  Session  Plant Trials Day: Thu,Aug 27,2015 8:00AM-6:00PM   AVAILABLE
 
 
BARROWS CONSERVATION LECTURE SERIES

 
Pratik Patel
   Regular Price: $14.00 Member Price: $12.00 Qty
Pratik Patel, Founder and Chairman of the The African Wildlife Trust (AWT), is a third generation Tanzanian. He grew up running around the Serengeti Plains with Grub, Jane Goodall’s son. Having been involved in the safari photo and ecotourism business for over four decades in Tanzania, Patel and his family have been directly affected by the elephant poaching crisis. He founded AWT out of his love for the African elephant and his strong desire to try to save them.
  Session  Pratik Patel: Wed,Apr 15,2015 7:00PM-8:00PM   AVAILABLE
 
 
Rebecca Klein
   Regular Price: $14.00 Member Price: $12.00 Qty
Rebecca Klein is the Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB). Founded in 2003, CCB partners with communities to reduce human-carnivore conflict and conserve cheetahs in the Kalahari region of Botswana. CCB encourages the use of effective management and non-lethal methods of carnivore control through outreach and education programs.
  Session  Rebecca Klein: Wed,Apr 29,2015 7:00PM-8:00PM   AVAILABLE
 
 
Sven-Olof Lindblad
   Regular Price: $14.00 Member Price: $12.00 Qty
Sven-Olof Lindblad is the Founder and President of Lindblad Expeditions, a unique travel company aimed at offering marine focused expeditions aboard small ships for adventurous travelers. Lindblad’s exposure to nature and wildlife during his early years taught him the importance of maintaining natural resources and understanding the cultural background of remote regions of the world. In 2004, Lindblad formed a multifaceted strategic alliance with National Geographic that combines the strengths of two pioneers in exploration and travel, with the goal of further inspiring the world through expedition travel.
  Session  Sven-Olof Lindblad: Wed,May 6,2015 7:00PM-8:00PM   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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.