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

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 or 1:00pm-3:30pm. Two topics alternate weekly.

Before Care and After Care is available for Full-Day Camps only.

4 Years Old & Kindergarten: Catch Me If You Can
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
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: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
A bird that can fly at speeds of 200mph? A cat that can leap 12 feet into the air? Animals can be out of this world when it comes to their super adaptations. Come to summer camp and discover these animals and their incredible super-powers. Each day, we will look at a superhero with amazing superpowers, 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: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
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: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
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: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
Half Day Camp - AM sessions only
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: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
Half Day Camp - PM sessions only
During this week-long adventure, campers will discover animal leaders of all kinds, from keystone species to alpha males and females! After getting acquainted with animals leaders, 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: $250.00
Member Price: $235.00
Full Day Camp
What do boomer balls, spices, braided butcher paper, 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. Animal enrichment provides stimulation to our Zoo animals and serves as an important tool that keeps their minds and bodies healthy. In this camp, we will learn about the different forms of animal enrichment, who and what they are good for, and the role of the Zoo's enrichment committee in all of this through animal encounters, keeper interactions, games, and other activities. 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: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
Half Day Camp - AM sessions only
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.

5th-6th Grade: Nature Navigators
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $120.00
Half Day Camp - PM sessions only
What's that tree? That bird? That insect? Who made that nest? That call? That...scat? What wildlife, big and small, can be found in my own backyard and how can I be their habitat hero? This camp will explore the tools, behaviors, and knowledge it takes to be a naturalist. Through hikes, animals encounters, and hands-on investigations at the Zoo, participants will learn the skills they need to explore the wilds of their own backyard, schoolyard, and beyond while becoming stellar stewards for the wildlife that lives there.

This half day camp is for children entering the 5th or 6th grade in the fall.

May 25 - 29 camp will be an AM session (9:30am-12:00pm)

7th-8th Grade: Working With Wildlife
Regular Price: $260.00
Member Price: $245.00
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 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.

7th-8th Grade: Eco-Explorers
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! 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. 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 located in Lebanon, Ohio. You will receive the 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: $50.00
Before Care is offered from 8-9:00 am everday before camp. For full-day camps only.
 

After Care 4-5:30 pm
Price: $60.00
After Care is offered from 4-5:30 pm everyday after camp. For full-day camps only.

 
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.

Hurray for Mom!
Regular Price: $13.00
Member Price: $9.00
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 learn about our Zoo moms as we prepare to celebrate all moms on tomorrow's holiday just for them.
Session Hurray for Mom!: Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:00AM - 11:30AM AVAILABLE

Family Night Hike: Hey Baby!
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
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 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.

Family Sleep with the Manatees
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $51.00
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.

Children must be 5 years and older. At least one parent per family group is required to attend. Please note: program fee is per person.
Session Family Sleep with the Manatees: Saturday, May 23, 2020 6:00PM - 9:00AM AVAILABLE

Family Twiga-African Tented Camp Overnight
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $81.00
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.

 
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: $166.00
Member Price: $156.00
Guests begin the evening with drinks and dinner and then take a Zoo tour, including special encounters with some of our African Zoo animals.  The adventure continues with special, behind-the-scenes peeks, learning what it takes to keep our animals happy and healthy.  The night will wind down around the bonfire before settling in for the night in a comfortable cot bunk bed in an African safari tent. Wake up the next morning to a catered breakfast. Wrap up this unique experience with an up-close encounter with our Giraffes. 

NOTE: Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

 
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.