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WINTER CAMPS

4yr-Kindergarten: Cold Weather Critters
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00
Br-rr-rrrr, get out the gloves, jackets and hats: winter is coming! Good thing many animals have built-in cold weather gear! Join us for this adventure as we meet cold weather animals face-to-face, hike to animal habitats, and discover the local wildlife that can tough out the harsh cold, just like we can!

NOTE: Mask as required for all participants and adults while indoors.

1st-2nd Grade: Cold Weather Critters
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00
Br-rr-rrrr, get out the gloves, jackets and hats: winter is coming! Good thing many animals have built-in cold weather gear! Join us for this adventure as we meet cold weather animals face-to-face, hike to animal habitats, and discover the local wildlife that can tough out the harsh cold, just like we can!

NOTE: Mask as required for all participants and adults while indoors.
 

3rd-4th Grade: Winter Warriors
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00
Some animals are equipped to tough out the cold and snow while others migrate or hibernate to avoid the winter weather altogether. During this fun, hands-on program, we will investigate our own cold-weather adaptations with Zoo hikes, compare our adaptations to those of other animals with animal visits, and use games and other activities to have fun exploring and playing together.

NOTE: Mask as required for all participants and adults while indoors.

5th-8th Grade: Winter Warriors
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00
Some animals are equipped to tough out the cold and snow while others migrate or hibernate to avoid the winter weather altogether. During this fun, hands-on program, we will investigate our own cold-weather adaptations with Zoo hikes, compare our adaptations to those of other animals with animal visits, and use games and other activities to have fun exploring and playing together.

NOTE: Mask as required for all participants and adults while indoors.

 
HOLIDAY DAY CAMP

Zoo Play Date
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $50.00

Is play an important part of your day? It is to animals here at the Zoo! In this one-day camp, we will explore how both human and non-human animals use play to stay healthy and learn how to get along with others. With interactive activities and observations of animals both in the Zoo and in the classroom, we will learn about how play is useful in keeping our animals happy and healthy. We will even create some special enrichment toys for some special Zoo residents to enjoy.

Join us on either Martin Luther King Day OR Presidents Day for this single-day camp! 

NOTE: Mask as required for all participants and adults while indoors.


 
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: Sensational Senses
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00

For 18-36 Month Olds
Can you smell as well as an aardvark or hear as well as a bat eared fox? Animals have the best senses in the world! Come to this four-week series where you and your child will explore the world like our Zoo animals do. We will use our senses to experience our world through discovery activities like dramatic play, Zoo hikes, live animal encounters, and crafts.

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

Note: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. One adult must accompany children attending.


Toddlers: Hoot and Holler
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
For 18-36 Month Olds
"Grr," says the tiger, "Quack," says the duck, "Hiss," says the... cockroach? Animals sure do have a lot to say! Come to the Zoo and learn to "talk" to the animals in their language! We'll tweet, growl and moo our way through this four-week series as we learn to listen to and mimic the sounds around us.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
 
Note: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. One adult must accompany children attending.
 

Pre-K: Exploring Your World
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Every day, animals use their super-senses to help them find food, water, shelter and space. Throughout this Zoo Troop journey, we will meet Animal Ambassadors up-close, create crafts and explore the Zoo with our new friends. Join us in this four-week series as we learn about senses and how we can use them to investigate our own world!

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. One adult must accompany children attending.

Pre-K: Finding Friends
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
Join us for this four-week series as we investigate how animals communicate and live with one another! We will meet animals face to face in the classroom and out in the Zoo. Each week, we will communicate and share with our classmates, working together to find out just how animals communicate like you and me!

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

Note: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. One adult must accompany children attending.
 

Kindergarten: Say What?!
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
What do colorful feathers, fancy foot work, squawking and poop all have in common?! Most animals may not be able to "talk" in the same way that we do, but they sure do know how to communicate with each other in diverse ways! During this four-week series, we'll meet these unconventional "talkers" up-close and use our senses to figure out what kind of messages they are trying to share.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. 

Kindergarten: Bio-Buddies
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
Can a moth and a sloth be buddies? Can a tree and a bee be friends? Why not? Many animals have unusual friends. This four-week series will focus on discovering how animals help each other out and how these friendships fit into the balance of nature.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. 

1st-2nd Grade: Extreme Senses
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
What if you could see and hear a mouse squeaking from hundreds of feet away? Some of the world's coolest critters have the most incredible senses. This four-week series will explore out of this world senses through discovery activities, Zoo hikes and live animal encounters.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. 

1st-2nd Grade: Secret Messages
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $75.00
Shhhh! Some of the biggest animals make the quietest sounds. These careful creatures still work together to survive without making a peep! Join us as we investigate the plethora of other ways silent communicators send secret messages to each other.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

3rd-4th Grade: Eye Saw That!
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
Do you see eye-to-eye with wildlife? Maybe, maybe not! Animal eyes are adapted to perceive their world and tell them important information to help them survive. Not all visual cues are important to all species and not all things look the same to all animals. In this series, we will learn about how different species use their uniquely adapted eyes and their sense of sight to see their world and how this sense helps them to meet their needs and survive in their world.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors. 

3rd-4th Grade: A Tail's Tale
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
A rudder, a signal, a balancer, a breaking system - tails serve all sorts of interesting functions. In this four-week series, we will look at the science and the structure of tails and who uses them for what, the clues a tail can tell about an animal's lifestyle, and the tools that we use to help make up for not having a tail ourselves.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

5th-6th Grade: Call Me Maybe
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
Can you tell the difference between an alarm call and a friendly vocalization just by hearing it? How does an animal's color send a silent message? What does it really mean when your cat rubs its head on you? Scent, color, sound - animals use many methods to share information with their friends, foes, and neighbors. In this four-week series, we will explore the important role that animal communication plays both within and between species. We will even learn how to look for and recognize the meaning of some common animal communications, and uncover the power of our own words and voices by sharing what we learn with our friends and family.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

5th-6th Grade: Habitat Heroes
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
What do an alligator, a panda, and a frog have in common? They all play uniquely important roles in their habitats and the lives of the species with which they share it. During this series, we will learn about what terms such as "indicator species," "keystone species" and "umbrella species" mean as well as which special animals in our world (and Zoo) fill these roles.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

7th-8th Grade: Animal Instincts
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
Finding food, shelter, and safety are essential for an animal's survival. What about things like play and vocalizations, though? How much of what animals do is learned, and how much is instinct? During this series, we will explore the roots and causes of some of the different behaviors that animals display every day as well as how these behaviors might differ between wild and captive animals.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

7th-8th Grade: Be Mine
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $80.00
Love is in the air this month. From stinky pheromones to musical duets and gifts of food to elaborate dance routines, animals have interesting ways of finding and winning over a mate. During this series, we'll learn about the role that sounds, sights, and smells play in animals finding each other and some of the funny and strange things that animals do to win over a prospective partner. We will also learn a little about the role that conservation science sometimes needs to play in the whole process, both in the wild and right here at our Zoo.

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

NOTE: Masks are required for all participants and adults while indoors.

 
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.

The Zoo Gourmet
Regular Price: $13.00
Member Price: $9.00
Food is a huge part of celebrating holidays! At the Zoo, our animals feast year-round on carefully planned diets. Join us for a holiday food frenzy and learn how we feed thousands of animals every day. Through a game, a hike around the Zoo, and with the help of our Education animal ambassadors, we'll learn about why different animals eat different foods, and how the Zoo manages its many menus.

NOTE: All participants 3 years old and older must wear a mask during the program. One adult must register per family group. Children under 2 years old do not need a ticket.

 
T-SHIRTS

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

All t-shirts 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. All orders will be held for 4 business days, and then returned to inventory if not picked up. 

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.

NOTE: Purchasing a gift certificate does not guarantee a space in programs. Sign up for our quarterly Education Program Announcement email to receive notices of new programs and when they go on sale.

$240.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $240.00
Perfect for Camp 2022 at the member price!
Spring Break or Summer full day camps for 4 year - 6th grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$255.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $255.00
Perfect for Camp 2022 at the non-member price!
Spring Break or Summer full day camps for 4 year - 6th grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$250.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $250.00
Perfect for Camp 2022 at the member price!
Spring Break or Summer full day camps for 7th-8th grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$265.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $265.00
Perfect for Camp 2022 at the non-member price!
Spring Break or Summer full day camps for 7th-8th grade.

Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$125.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $125.00
Perfect for Camp 2022 at the member price!
Summer half day camps for 4 year - 2nd grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$140.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $140.00
Perfect for Camp 2022 at the non-member price!
Spring Break or Summer halfday camps for 4 year - 2nd grade.

​Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$100.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $100.00
Perfect amount for a Zoo Troop series.

Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$50.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $50.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$15.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $15.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.

$10.00 Education Gift Certificate
Price: $10.00
Gift Certificates only redeemable for Zoo Education Programs.