Wild Scout Adventures at the Zoo!

The Zoo offers the thrill of a wildlife adventure in a safe and educational atmosphere. Scout programs encourage enthusiasm for learning about nature by engaging participants in a hands-on exploration of the world around them. Plus you can meet badge requirements or achievements. The Zoo comes alive through games, hikes, scavenger hunts, and animal demonstrations.

Questions or to register contact the Education Department at (513) 559-7767 or email registrars@cincinnatizoo.org

Choose From Three Exciting Overnight Topics

The Zoo is serious about education and committed to helping scouts meet badges and achievements.

Animal Adaptations Overnight

Animal Adaptations (Grades 2-4)

Investigating animal adaptations, participants encounter ocelots, vampire bats, and other nocturnal predators in the Night Hunters exhibit.

Have you ever wondered why a mouse scurries snugly against the wall as it runs or why a dog has a wet nose? Have you ever thought about how hard it would be to get dressed for school if you had no thumbs? Nocturnal Adventures’ Animal Adaptations will answer all those questions and more!

Who can participate?

2nd- 4th grade. Adults also welcome.

How much does Animal Adaptations cost?

$35.00 per participant

Where will you sleep?
  • Animal Adaptations sleeps in the Harold C. Schott Education Center.
  • Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones.
  • Maximum group size is 120 participants, including chaperones.
What will you learn?

During the Animal Adaptations Overnight we will investigate the definition of adaptation. An adaptation is a physical or behavioral characteristic that helps an animal or plant survive and reproduce in its habitat. For example, a Night Monkey’s huge eyes allow it to see better at night, and the Honey Bee Waggle Dance shows other bees where food is! On your overnight, you will:

  • Understand how physical and behavioral adaptations ensure survival!
  • Appreciate the diversity of animals and their adaptations!
  • Understand the specific adaptations of Nocturnal Animals!
  • Test your skill as a nocturnal animal.
Scout Badge Requirements

Cub Scout & Boy Scout Badge Requirements Fulfilled

Girl Scout Badge Requirements Fulfilled

Wolf Woods: Predators in Peril

Wolf Woods: Predators in Peril I (Grades 2-5) & II (Grades 6 & up)

Focusing on the vital role of predators in a healthy ecosystem, participants will prowl the Zoo at night and even go behind-the-scenes at the Zoo’s commissary, where food for thousands of Zoo animals is prepared everyday.

This Overnight examines the complex relationships within and between ecosystem trophic levels, as well as the vital roles predators play. This overnight also investigates the human impact on these interactions over the centuries.

Who can participate?

Wolf Woods Overnight is designed in two developmentally appropriate levels.

  • Wolf Woods I: 2-5th grade
  • Wolf Woods II: 6th grade and up
How much does Wolf Woods cost?
  • $35.00 per participant
Where will you sleep?

Wolf Woods – Sleeping in the new Harold C. Schott Education Center

  • Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones.
  • Maximum group size is 120 participants, including chaperones.

Wolf Woods – Sleeping in the Wolf Woods Education Center (a satellite classroom located in the Wolf Woods Eastern Woodlands exhibit)

  • Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones.
  • Maximum group size is 20 participants, including chaperones.
What will you learn?

During the Wolf Woods Overnight we will prowl the Zoo for predators, explore the intricate food webs that support these animals and learn what role humans have played in the lives of predators over the centuries.

  • Explore food-webs of various eco-regions and uncover the broad implications when the balance is disrupted.
  • Determine what a predator’s role is and discuss how predators around the world have been impacted by changes in their environment.
  • Discover the legacies of predators in the United States and how these animals have fared over the generations
  • Explore modern challenges of wildlife management, and species’ success stories.
Scout Badge Requirements

Cub Scout & Boy Scout Badge Requirements Fulfilled

Girl Scout Badge Requirements Fulfilled

Sleep With the Manatees

Sleep with the Manatees (Grades 5 & up)

Exploring the diversity of life on Earth, participants spend the night with our three new resident Florida manatees- Wooten, Illusion, and 1800- pound Betsy.

Fall asleep with Manatees circling your feet!

This program focuses on biodiversity, human interactions, and highlights the endangered Florida manatee.

*Our resident Manatees, 300-pound “Wooten,” and 1800-pound “Betsy,” went on display at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Otto M. Budig Family Foundation Manatee Springs Exhibit on November 3, 2010. Book your Sleep with the Manatees overnight while space is still available!

Who can participate?
  • 5th grade and up. Adults also welcome.
How much does Sleep with the Manatees Cost?
  • $35.00 per participant
Where will you sleep?
  • Sleep with the Manatees sleeps in the Manatees Springs building.
  • Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones.
  • Maximum group size is 60 participants, including chaperones.
What will you learn?

On your overnight, you will explore:

  • Biodiversity, where it can be found and how we play a significant role in protecting it
  • Eco-regions, specifically the Florida Everglades, and how relationships within make them so significant
  • The Florida manatee, discover why it is endangered and what you can do to help
  • Human impact to biodiversity
Scout Badge Requirements

Cub Scout & Boy Scout Badge Requirements Fulfilled

Girl Scout Badge Requirements Fulfilled