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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: I Spy...
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Toddlers (18-36 months)
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.

NOTE: One adult must accompany children attending this series. All adults and children 3 years and older must wear masks at all times.

Toddlers: Animal Tales
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Toddlers (18-36 months)
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!

NOTE: One adult must accompany children attending this series. All adults and children 3 years and older must wear masks at all times.

Pre-K: Art Of Nature
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00

Pre-K (3-5 years old)
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.


NOTE: One adult must accompany children attending this series. All adults and children 3 years and older must wear masks at all times.


Pre-K: Reading And Romping
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Pre-K (3-5 years old)
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!

NOTE: One adult must accompany children attending this series. All adults and children 3 years and older must wear masks at all times.

 
T-SHIRTS

Zoo Troop Shirts (optional)
Price: $15.00
If your child is participating in Zoo Troop and you would like to purchase a Zoo Troop T-Shirt for your child, please do it here. Your child will recieve the shirt on the first day of class.

 
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.

4yr-Kindergarten: Where In The World?
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
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! It’s sure to be an adventure.

This full day camp is for 4 year olds and those entering Kindergarten in the fall.

4yr-Kindergarten: Fur Feathers and Scales
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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.

 

4yr-Kindergarten: Shake Rattle and Roll
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
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: Feast For The Beasts
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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.

1st-2nd Grade: Jungle Journey
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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.

3rd-4th Grade: Animal Rescue
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
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.

5th-6th Grade: Animal Behavior 101
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
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.

7th-8th Grade: Zoo Careers
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
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 encounters, & special experiences with Animal Care Staff. We’ll also give you a better understanding of the variety of zoo careers that are here at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

This full day camp is for children entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall.

7th-8th Grade: Eco-Explorers at Bowyer Farm
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
Full Day Camp
Become a backyard biologist while exploring our fields, forests, and wetlands out at our 600 acre Bowyer Farm! Campers will spend time learning what it takes to protect our wild spaces through hands-on activities such as bird watching, plant identification, and animal tracking. Our adventure filled camp will encourage campers to get back in touch with their wild side, while building confidence as they hone their naturalist skills. On Friday, 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, 2210 Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040.

This full-day camp is for children entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall.

 
After Hours Programs

Family Sunset Safari: Goodnight Zoo
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $35.00
The day is ending and it is time for many Zoo animals to get ready for bed and for others to start waking up! Join us as we say “good night” to some daytime animals and “good morning” to those starting their night shift during up-close encounters, and hiking the Zoo.

IMPORTANT: All program participants must be 5 years and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. All participants must wear a mask.
 

Adult Sunset Safari: African Sundowner
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $140.00
Join us for a traditional safari sundowner, complete with dinner, cocktails, and animals at our Twiga Tented Safari Camp by the Giraffe exhibit. This 21+ adult evening event will have up-close animal encounters and exclusive tours around the Zoo, including a behind the scenes tour of the Africa habitats.

IMPORTANT: All program participants must be 21 years and older. All participants must wear a mask.

 
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 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.

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