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.

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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 one.
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


Landscape for the Homeowner Series

Join Steve Foltz, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Director of Horticulture, for one of the most informative and complete landscape series for homeowners in the region. If you are planning on garden renovation or a new installation in your landscape, these classes provide great insight on design, preparation and plant selection with emphasis on plants that do best in the Tri-state area. Take time now to gain the knowledge of soil preparation, maintenance and plant selection, and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in spring creating a thriving & beautiful garden.

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Sign up for one class, or save $5 when you register for the entire 5-part series!

Part I: Design Your Landscape –  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – 2/7/2018
Part II: The Best Trees and Shrubs For Your Landscape –  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – 2/21/2018
Part III: Bringing In Color and Pollinators with Annuals and Perennials – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – 2/28/2018
Part IV: Now That I Have It, How Do I Take Care of It? – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – 3/7/2018
Part V: Putting It All Together –  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – 3/14/2018

Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium

March 22, 2018
Cost: $75

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This year’s sustainable is almost entirely focused on landscaping and gardening for pollinating insects. Pollinators are the very foundation of a healthy landscape ecosystem, serving both to control pest insects and to pollinate plants to support food producing plants for both wildlife and humans. A truly all-star lineup of speakers include Dr. Robert Geneve from the University of Kentucky, Mace Vaughn from the Xerces Society, Natalie Boyle from the USDA, and Scott Beuerlein and Steve Foltz from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Container Gardening

May 23, 2018
Cost: $50 (member) | $65 (non-member)

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Create your own container arrangement for your outdoor living space. This playful, hands-on workshop makes for a great start to the gardening season. We will discuss basic design principles and how to care for a container garden. You will learn how to choose containers, potting soils, and plants that will work well for your garden space. Great for gardeners of all experience levels. Plants and materials to create your own mobile garden masterpiece are included in the registration fee. Please dress appropriately – we will get our hands dirty!

Plant Trials Day Symposium

August 30, 2018
Cost: $99

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The Zoo’s Plant Trials Day has become the premier horticultural symposium in the Midwest, bringing the nation’s top plant experts to regional audiences to enjoy. This year will be one of our best. Perhaps America’s most in-demand speaker, Tony Avent will be joining us for two talks. Andrew Bunting, whose sterling career includes Curator at Scott Arboretum in Swarthmore, PA and who now serves as Director of Horticulture at Chicago Botanic Garden, will also be speaking. There will be other exciting speakers we cannot yet announce. Buy your ticket early. This is sure to sell out!

Native Plant Symposium

November 10, 2018
Cost: $75

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Our 2018 Native Plant Symposium will be very exciting, with a truly inspired roster of speakers. The CZBG is proud to welcome retired Xavier Professor Dr. Stanley Hedeen and renowned Ohio naturalist Jim McCormac to the program. Kelly Norris has been blazing the horticultural lecture circuit and rapidly becoming a favorite. He will be joining us, along with Anna Brooks, a top landscape designer from SW Michigan. Brian Jorg from the CZBG will also speak. You will not want to miss this program!

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!