For adult wildlife enthusiasts our in-depth adult classes provide thought-provoking learning along with a good time. From our photography classes to garden “how to” programs, come discover the wealth of knowledge and experiences that await you.

Questions? Contact us at (513) 559-7767 or email education[email protected]

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Series Description
The Zoo is a great place to learn to be a shutterbug! During this 4 part series,
Brian Jorg, Zoo Horticulturist and professional photographer, will walk you
through the fundamentals of digital photography and how to apply this new
knowledge to photographing wildlife and landscapes.

Part I: Introduction to Digital Photography
This class, geared toward beginner photographers who want to get more
out of their camera, will cover SLR camera basics, exposure, aperture, shutter
speed, close-up, and landscape techniques. This classroom instruction will
help make you a better photographer. Attendees are encouraged to bring
their cameras to class.
Dates: Sat., January 20th: 9:00-11:00am or Wed., January 24th: 5:00-7:00pm

Part II: Travel Photography
Join us for a two hour photography class that will teach you how to get the
most out of your travel photography. Whether you plan to go to the Great
Smoky Mountains for a family vacation or the Masai Mara for a grand safari,
we will show you how to capture the trip in pictures. From traveling with
gear to how to shoot culture, wildlife, and landscapes, this class is for you.
Dates: Sat., February 17th: 9:00-11:00am or Weds., February 21st: 5:00-7:00pm

Part III: Photo Safari-Spring Blooms
This workshop will blend technical expertise with knowledge of the Zoo’s
overwhelming flower displays. We will ‘focus’ on landscape and macro
photography opportunities with our botanical collection. What better place
to learn all the tricks to take better outdoor images than a botanical garden?
Attendees should bring their camera and a tripod if they have one.
Dates: Weds., March 28th: 5:00-7:00pm or Sat., March 31st: 9:00-11:00am

Part IV: Photo Safari-Wildlife
This workshop will blend technical expertise with knowledge of the Zoo’s
wildlife collection. Join us as we peruse the Zoo in search of great wildlife
shots. What better place to learn all the tricks to take better wildlife images
than a Zoo? Attendees should bring their camera and a tripod if they have
Dates: Sat., April 7th: 9:00-11:00am or Weds., April 11th: 5:00-7:00pm

Please register for the Wednesday series or Saturday series
Cost for series: Members: $200 / Non Members: $220
Cost per class: Members: $60 / Non Members: $65


Part I: Design Your Landscape
February 7: 7:00-9:00pm
The focus of this class is the simple steps that every designer takes when
evaluating a new landscape or renovating an existing landscape. This class
will set the stage for where you want to take your garden. If you have a new
house or want to expand on what you already have, this class will give you
the tools to plan for success.

Part II: The Best Trees And Shrubs For Your Landscape
February 21: 7:00-9:00pm
Choosing the right tree for your landscape can be a hard decision. A slide
presentation will illustrate the various types of trees that you can use. Screening,
evergreens, and flowering shrubs that will enhance your landscape will
also be discussed, with a special emphasis on the best trees and shrubs in the
Botanical Gardens here at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, that will
provide season long color, and bring pollinators right to your front door.

Part III: Bringing In Color And Pollinators With
Annuals And Perennials
February 28: 7:00-9:00pm
Make your garden come alive this year with the use of plants that will provide
more than just beauty to your landscape! Learn the joy of using plants.
The CZBG has been trialing Annuals and Perennials for over 15 years. See
which plants we rely on for the best, most beautiful landscape!

Part IV: Now That I Have It, How Do I Take Care Of It?
March 7: 7:00-9:00pm
This class will go over all the things you need to do in the garden to help
make it the best it can be. From lawn care to tree care and everything in
between, we will walk you through what it takes to put joy back into

Part V: Putting It All Together
March 14: 7:00-9:00pm
This class goes into more depth on which plants go well together and
combines everything we have learned over the previous 4 weeks. Questions
about invasive plants, using chemicals in the landscape, insect and disease
problems will all be covered. This class is really meant to give you the confidence
to go out and create the best landscape you have ever done. Healthy
gardens make for happier, healthier people! Come join us in our quest to
bring gardening to everyone’s lives!


Cost per Class: Members: $10 / Non-Members: $15

Cost for Series: Members: $45 / Non-Members: $70

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How to Train Your Dragon

A beginner’s animal training workshop

Are you passionate about working with animals? Or do you want to learn some creative ways to get the animals in your life (pets, spouses, children, mother-in-law, etc.) to do what you want? Join us as we introduce the basics of Operant Conditioning or Positive Reinforcement Training. Learn about training and behavior shaping techniques we use here at the Zoo and how powerful motivation and reinforcement can be. This class is for humans 16 years old and up only. Please leave your pets at home to practice your new skills later.

Date: February 19: 1-3pm
Cost: Members: $55/Non-Members: $70


Adult Overnights & Evening Events

Learn more about our fun Adult Overnights & Evening Events here! Enjoy the Zoo like a kid again with some added perks just for adults!

Behind the Scenes Experiences

DSCN4668Behind the Scenes Experiences available now! Looking for a unique and memorable experience? This is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite animals! For more information about Behind the Scenes encounters, contact Sam Kornau.


leafcuttingbeeInside the Minds of Pollen Nation: A Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping

Winter is the time to start thinking spring and preparing for the coming beekeeping season. Learn the basics of bee biology and natural bee history, what equipment you might need, what plants are best for pollinators, and the symbiotic morphology between bees and plants.

Classes will include lectures and discussions, but will not include hands-on beekeeping training. Proceeds benefit bee conservation.