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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New Classes! 

Legacy of Passenger Pigeon and its Relevance in 2014The widely accepted legacy assigned to the passenger pigeon is one grounded in loss and remorse. While the loss of what was once the most abundant avian species on the planet is profound and the regret associated with this
loss is reasonable, it has limited utility to people today. It also has the danger of framing the perception of individuals so that no other possibility for this spe- cies lasting legacy can be envisioned. Join Dan Marsh (Director of Education at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden) as he shares a more positive legacy. One in which this extinction event is considered as a turning point in our history that led to broad and systemic wildlife and resource conservation action 100 years ago.

Cost: Members: $7/ Non-Members: $11

September 13: 1-2 pm
How to Train Your Dragon (and other important human and non-human animals in your life)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

November 8: 10:00 am-Noon

Photography Classes

Cost: Members: $55 / Non-Members: $70

Fall Wildlife PhotographyWildlife 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 camera.


Gardening Classes

Cost: $49 (includes lunch and snacks)

Plant Trials DayOur three previous Plant Trials Day Symposiums were huge hits, but this year’s might just be the best yet. Legendary plantsmen Roy Klehm (Beaver- creek Nursery and Songsparrow Nursery) and Bill Hendricks (Klyn Nurser- ies) will discuss great plants, old and new. Richard Hawke from the Chicago Botanic Garden will bring us up to date with their work as the premier peren- nial trials in the country. Suzie Raker (C. Raker & Sons) will present the best annuals from their trials. Steve Foltz and Scott Beuerlein from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will also speak. Great speakers talking about plants, a day any gardener or landscape professional will enjoy!

August 28th: Doors open at 8am, program beings at 9am, social hour from 5pm-6pm
Native Plant SymposiumPlease join us for our third annual Native Plant Symposium, an all day adven- ture into the beauty and joy of native plants. Top speakers will present great native plants for regional gardens and landscapes. Our previous symposiums have been very well received. Many CEUs will be available for professionals.

October 25th: Doors open at 9am program begins at 10am, social hour from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Classes

Free, Green Classes are offered at the Zoo and around town! Learn More>

More for the Entire Family

  • Overnights at the Zoo are the perfect activity for families or groups of friends. Learn More>
  • Are you planning a visit to the Zoo with your family? Make your visit extra special with one of our Family Programs. Learn More>

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(513) 559-7767 or email