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]

Photography Classes

Fall Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography can be one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies around
and who could be better to learn from than professional photographer and Zoo
horticulturist, Brian Jorg. This class, geared towards beginner photographers, 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

Getting The Most Out of Your Landscape


The 2016 Getting the Most Out of Your Home Landscape series meets on Wednesdays from 7-9pm, starting February 17th for 5 weeks. See class descriptions here.

Cost per class: $20 member/$25 non-member
Cost per series: $90 member/$100 non-member

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.

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

All classes meet on Wednesdays from 7-9pm starting in March for 5 weeks. 

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Container Gardening

In this workshop you will learn about potting soils, choosing the right plants, and how to care for a container garden. Included in the registration fee are the materials and plants necessary to create your own movable garden masterpieces. Dress appropriately – this is a hands-on class.

Dates: May 25: 6-7pm

Cost: Members: $50/Non-Members: $65

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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

DSCN4668Behind 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 Maura Messerly.
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leafcuttingbeeInside the Minds of Pollen Nation: A Beginner’s Experince with 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, understanding CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder), and what plants are best for pollinators.

Classes will include lectures and discussions, but will not include hands-on beekeeping training. Proceeds benefit bee conservation.

Classes meet every Tuesday from 7-8:30pm, January 12, 19 and 26

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