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

Photography Classes

Fall Wildlife Photography – September 12 or 19: 8-10am

Wildlife photography can be one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies around and who could be better to learn form than professional photographer and Zoo horticulturist, Brian Jorg. This class, geared towards beginner pho- tographers, will blend technical expertise with knowledge of wildlife and the Zoo’s collection. You will learn how to get the most out of your camera and how understanding animal behavior will improve your photographs.
Then, we will venture out into the Zoo to test your skills. Participants must provide their own cameras.


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Gardening Classes

Landscaping for the Homeowner- 10 Part Series

perennialshadeJoin 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. Sign up for individual classes, or for the entire series and save!

Plant Trials Day

Plan to attend the  highly acclaimed and popular horticultural event. This might just be the best one yet! It is an all day symposium, for professionals and gardeners, featuring top industry experts discussing the newest and best plants—everything from woodies to perennials to annuals—for our gardens. Speakers to be announced. Be sure to check the Zoo’s website for further details as they become available and to register. CEU’s will be available; details here.

Native Plant Symposium- November 14

Please join us for our annual Native Plant Symposium, an all day adventure into the beauty and joy of native plants. Our previous symposia have been very well received. A treat for green industry professionals, gardeners, and anyone who is interested in native plants.

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Green Classes

10 VIP 2087 Go Green Garden BThe Cincinnati Zoo is the greenest Zoo in America! Keep an eye out for free, Green Classes that are offered at the Zoo and around town!


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More for the Entire Family

overnights_CULooking for an educational experience the whole family can enjoy together? Our fun, daytime programs, early bird and evening night hikes are sure to fill the bill.

Join the Zoo’s overnight program, Nocturnal Adventures, for special events designed for parents and children, ages 5 and up. Pitch your tent and camp out at the Zoo, sleep with manatees circling your feed, or sleep outside a tropical rainforest!

Are you planning a visit to the Zoo with your family? Make your visit extra special with one of our Family Programs. These family-oriented programs explore wildlife through animal demonstrations and hikes though the Zoo as well as crafts or games in a manner that is sure to be fun for all ages. Please note that at least one adult must be registered with each family group. Children under 2 years old are free.

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Behind the Scenes Experiences

elephant_paintNew! 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  Ali Kremcheck.
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Beginners Animal Training Workshops

How To Train Your Dragon – September 26: 1-3pm

New! 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 on later.

Cost: Members: $55/Non-Members: $70