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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.

 
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: Big or Small, Let's Find Them All
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $11.00
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: $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: Animal Opposites
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $11.00
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 & four year olds, plus five year olds not yet in kindergarten.

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.

Family Night Hike: Land Lovers
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $8.00
Wonder how a Pallas' cat can climb steep, rocky mountains or how a fennec fox can survive in the hot, dry desert? We will discover some of the variety found in land loving critters who share our sandy, snowy rocky, and grassy home.
Session Family Night Hike: Lan: Sat, Jul 2, 2016 6:30PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Family Night Hike: Water Wonders
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $8.00
From tiny microorganisms to the largest mammals on earth, there sure is a lot of diversity when it comes to aquatic wildlife! We will sneak a peak at the inner water workings of our, new hippo exhibit,and explore what lives in, on, and under the water of Swan Lake and other aquatic Zoo exhibits. We will learn all about wonderful water wildlife and the role it (and we) 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: $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, behind the scenes tours, comfortable cots in safari tents, a continental breakfast, and so much more.

This overnight is for children 5 years old and up. At least one parent per family group is required to attend. PLEASE NOTE: PROGRAM FEE IS PER PERSON.

Family Animal Adaptations Overnight
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $35.00
Ever wonder why an owl has such big eyes or why an armadillo is covered in plates? Come find out what adaptations our animals need to survive in the wild! During the overnight, you will go behind-the-scenes, hike through the Zoo at night, and meet some animals with cool adaptations up close!

This overnight is for children 5 years old and up. At least one parent per family group is required to attend. PLEASE NOTE: PROGRAM FEE IS PER PERSON.
Session Family Animal Adaptati: Sat, Jul 16, 2016 - Sun, Jul 17, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00AM   AVAILABLE

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.

This overnight is for children 5 years old and up. At least one parent per family group is required to attend. PLEASE NOTE: PROGRAM FEE IS PER PERSON.

 
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: $49.00
Plan to attend the sixth annual, highly acclaimed and popular horticultural event. This might just be the best one yet! Come to this 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 18, 2016 8:00AM - 5:00PM   AVAILABLE

Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium
Price: $49.00
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium will be a jam-packed program with expert speakers designed to take on the challenge and answer the questions of how we can design, build, and maintain the most sustainable landscapes possible. Speaker list: coming soon!

C.E.U.'s Pending

Free parking and lunch are included with your fee.
Session Sustainable Urban Land: Thu, Feb 23, 2017 8:00AM - 6:00PM   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.

$210.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $210.00
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.

$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.