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 [email protected] Register Here! PhotographyGardeningAnimal TrainingAdult Overnights & Evening EventsBehind the ScenesBeekeeping DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS SERIES 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: 5:00-7:00pm or Wed., January 24th: 9:00-11:00am 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 GARDEN PROGRAMS 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 gardening! 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 Learn More and Register 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 Behind 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. Inside 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. CHECK BACK LATER!