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

Digital Photography For Beginners Series

Join Brian Jorg, professional photographer and Zoo horticulturist for an informative and fun photography class. Learn the basics of digital photography at the Zoo!

Register for Thursday or Saturday series January – April

Cost for series: Members: $200 / Non Members: $220

Cost per class: Members: $60 / Non Members: $65

Part I: Introduction to Digital Photography

Part II: Travel Photography

Part III: Photo Safari- Spring Blooms

Part IV: Photo Safari- Wildlife

Gardening Classes

Get the most out of your Landscape and Create the Landscape that will enrich your life!


Join Steve Foltz, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Director of Horticulture for one of the most informative and complete landscape series for home- owners in the region. 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. Take time now to gain the knowledge of soil preparation, maintenance and plant selection, and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in spring creating a thriving & beautiful garden.

Cost per class: $10 member/$15 non-member
Cost per series: $45 member/$70 non-member

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

Classes will meet on February 15th, February 22nd, March 8th, March 15th, and March 22nd from 7PM-9PM.

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Container Gardening- May 24

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.

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

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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: March 11: 1:00-3:00pm
Cost: Members: $55/Non-Members: $70

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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 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.

Classes meet every Tuesday from 7-8:30pm, January 17, 24 and 31

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