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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Digital Photography for Beginners Series

Please register for either Tuesdays or Saturdays.


Tuesday Series- Jan. 21, Feb. 11, Mar. 25, April 8: 5pm-7pm

Saturday Series- Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Mar. 29 , April 5: 9am-11am

Cost for Series: Members: $200 / Non-Members: $220


Topic Description
Part I: Intro to Digital Photography 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. 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.
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.
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 tripod if they have one.
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 tripod if they have one.

Landscaping For The Homeowner Series

Join us for one of the most informative and complete landscape series for homeowners in the area. 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. Classes are offered separately but also build upon one another. Take time now to gain the knowledge of soil preparation, maintenance and plant selection and you’ll be ready to hit the ground in spring creating a thriving & beautiful garden.

All classes meet on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm starting January 18 for 10 weeks.

Cost per Class: Members: $10 / Non-Members: $14

Cost for Series: Members: $80 / Non-Members: $120


Topic Description Dates
DESIGN YOUR OWN LANDSCAPE-PART 1 The focus of this class is the simple steps that every designer takes when evaluating a new landscape or renovating an existing landscape. Basic design principles will be discussed. Jan. 8
DESIGN YOUR OWN LANDSCAPE-PART 2 This is a more in-depth look at where plants go and why they go there. We will discuss the size and scale of the landscape, as well as proper bed preparation. Jan. 15
TREES IN THE LANDSCAPE Choosing the right tree for your landscape can be a costly decision. A slide presentation will illustrate the various types of trees that you can use. Shade trees, flowering trees, patio trees and evergreen trees will be presented. Jan. 22
SHRUBS IN THE LANDSCAPE View a slide presentation on the best shrubs for Cincinnati area landscapes. Whether you have sun or shade, wet soils or dry, this class will present the possibilities of shrubs for the home landscape. Special emphasis will be on the newest and hardiest varieties for this area. Jan. 29
ANNUALS: COLOR IN THE LANDSCAPE Have you ever wondered what the secrets are to having lots of color in your landscape? Find out what the newest and best annuals are that tolerate Cincinnati summers. Container gardening with annuals will also be covered. Feb. 5
LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE AND LAWN CARE This class will cover proper landscape maintenance techniques from spring to fall-what to do and when to do it. Learn about the tools that make the job easier. In addition, learn the basics to a green lawn. Pruning, weed control, fertilization, insect and disease control for the complete landscape will all be covered. Feb. 12
PERENNIAL DESIGN This class presents basic design concepts for perennial gardens, includ- ing butterfly gardens, shade gardens, water gardens and more. A slide show will help paint a picture after discussing the concepts. Feb. 19
PERENNIAL PLANTS- PART 1 This is the first of a two part series covering perennials plants for the landscape. Perennials can be used in many ways and for many pur- poses. A slide show will include the top 50 perennials for the landscape. Feb. 26
PERENNIAL PLANTS- PART 2 The second part of perennial plants will also be a slide show of perenni- als for the landscape. This group will include ornamental grasses, roses, vines and other great perennial plants. March 5
GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE This class will focus on creating specialized areas of the landscape for wildlife gardening including butterfly and bird gardens and utilizing native plants in the landscape. March 12

Green Classes

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