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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. 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: 1 2 3 Dance with Me!
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
For 18-36 Month Olds
Jump like a lemur, swing like an elephant’s trunk, and groove to the beat with some neat counting tunes! Join us in this four-week series as we mimic animal music and movement, while finding our voices and working on our counting skills! We will meet some wild dancing friends face to face in the classroom and out in the Zoo.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks.

Note: One adult must accompany each child. Adults are required to wear a mask while indoors. 

Pre-K: Critter Classification
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
For 3-4 year olds
What makes a mammal a mammal, or a bird a bird? Join us for this four-week series as we investigate and classify animals based on similarities! We will meet animals face to face in the classroom and out in the Zoo. With the same instructor and group each week we will communicate and share with our classmates, working together to classify our Zoo animals!

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks.

Note: One adult must accompanyeach child. PreK Zoo Troopers and Adults are required to wear a mask while indoors. 

Kindergarten: The Inside Scoop
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
We know that animals can look very different on the outside, but what about the inside? In this class, we will learn about bones, teeth, and digestive habits! Sometimes gross but always great, these things all help an animal to survive and can help investigators, like us, tell how animals that are similar can be grouped together.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks.

Note: Kindergarten Zoo Troopers attend Zoo Troop alone. Kindergarten Zoo Troopers and Adults are required to wear a mask while indoors. 

1st-2nd Grade: My Wild Family Tree
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
Domestic vs. Wild—what is the difference?! Join us as we investigate our own domestic and wild Zoo residents to figure out how these two are truly wild ancestors! From your companion cat to the African cheetah, or the dog at your house to the African painted dog, these family members definitely have their similarities and differences. We will meet animals up close and out on our Zoo hike, practicing our observation and inquiry skills!

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for four weeks.

Note: 1st-2nd grade Zoo Troopers and Adults are required to wear a mask while indoors. 

3rd-4th Grade: Winged Wonders
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
Flight is a pretty amazing adaptation. Pair that with the fact that it appears in three independent animal classes, and you have one amazing example of convergent evolution. In this program, we will encounter animals in the classroom and on grounds that help us observe and explore the structures and behaviors that help animals fly, compare the ways that animals accomplish it, and use what we learn plus our own imaginations to create some new, flying species of our own.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for four weeks.

Note: 3rd-4th grade Zoo Troopers and Adults are required to wear a mask while indoors. 

5th-6th Grade: Spotlight on Reptiles
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
What do an alligator, a rattlesnake, a Komodo dragon, and a tortoise have in common? They are all reptiles! There are so many different kinds of reptiles with so many different characteristics that it is hard to believe they are related! During this program session, we will learn to look closer at the traits of these scaly friends and notice some of their similarities and their differences as we learn how scientists classify (and argue about classifying) them. Hikes, animal encounters, and investigations will make this experience both educational and fun! SSSSSSee you there!

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks.

Note: 5th-6th grade Zoo Troopers and Adults are required to wear a mask while indoors. 

7th-8th Grade: Birds in Depth
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
Mammals are an amazing, diverse, and well adapted group of animals. Using scientific tools, observations at habitats and in the classroom, and getting hands-on with bio-facts such as skulls, we’ll investigate what makes an animal a mammal. Then, we will take a closer look at two different scientific orders of mammals, learning about what makes them so special and unique. This series will culminate in participants getting a chance to demonstrate what they have learned by sharing it with their families!

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks.

Note: 7th-8th grade Zoo Troopers and Adults are required to wear a mark while indoors

 
T-SHIRTS

Camp TShirts
Price: $10.00
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Get your vintage camp tshirt! Spring Break 2020 (wildebeest), Summer Camp 2019 (pollinators), Summer Camp 2021 (kangaroo) all available now. Youth and Adult sizes for the whole family!

All tshirts are for pickup only, at the Harold C Schott Education Building at 56 Erkenbrecher Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45249 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, or Saturday 9am-12pm. Call 513-559-7730 when you arrive.

Gildan Brand 100% Cotton. See size chart.

 
GIVE THE ZOO TO KIDS IN NEED

Support Low Income Students Visiting The Zoo
 
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 every day and enjoy the quintessential Cincinnatian experience 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.

$15.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $15.00
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.

$120.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $120.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.
Perfect amount for Half Day Zoo Camp, at member price.

$135.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $135.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.
Perfect amount for Half Day Zoo Camp, at non-member price.

$235.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $235.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.
Perfect amount for Full Day Zoo Camp, at member price.

$250.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $250.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.
Perfect for Full Day Summer Camp at the non-member price!