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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Zoo History and Hijinx Tour

How well do YOU know your Cincinnati Zoo? The moniker of “second oldest Zoo in the nation” comes with a lot of history and some pretty epic tales! Step back in time with Zoo animal care and trainer veteran of 50 years, Gary Denzler, as he leads you on a fun and factual story-based historical tour of the
Cincinnati Zoo, sharing tales of the people and animals that have made this Zoo what it is today. This program is geared toward participants 16 years and older.

June 15, 16, July 6, 7
Cost: $11 member/$15 nonmember

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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.

Check back for a whole new series this fall!

Cost for series: Members: $200 / Non Members: $220
Cost per class: Members: $60 / Non Members: $65


Succulents Terrarium Workshop

Learn the basics on how to make your own succulent terrarium, from a long-time terrarium maker and plant lover, Lynn Lorio, then make your own terrarium to take home that night! All materials for a basic terrarium will be included (a glass bowl, succulents, and decorative material).

August 15     6-8pm

$45 members/$55 nonmembers

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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!