Hands-on exploration and discovery are crucial elements of these programs for 12-14 year olds or 5-7 grader. Designed to provide more in-depth investigation into topics on nature and wildlife, these programs combine live animal encounters with Zoo hikes and other topic-appropriate activities. These programs are designed to maximize peer interaction and engagement, therefore, parents need not accompany child.

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Who can participate?
  • Children 12-14 years old or 5-7 grader.
  • These programs are designed to maximize peer interaction and engagement, therefore, parents need not accompany child.
When are 12-14 year old programs available?
  • Year round. See below for dates and topics.
How much are 12-14 year old programs?
  • Cost per Class: See below for cost.
Where do 12-14 year old programs take place?
  • Most occur in the Harold C. Schott Education Center. Confirmation materials will be received once you have registered.


Questions? Contact us at (513) 559-7767 or email registrars@cincinnatizoo.org



Is your 12-14 year old looking for a more in-depth, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Zoo? These specially designed classes allow an opportunity for an up-close and personal look at some of the places the Zoo animals call home, and most even include an encounter with Zoo animals! All participants will receive a keepsake backstage pass name tag on a zoo-themed lanyard as a souvenir of their adventure.

Note: Due to the nature of these programs, age limits must be adhered to. In addition, due to space restrictions, parents cannot be accommodated in behind-the-scenes areas.

Cost per Class: Members: $30 / Non-Members: $45

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MANATEE MANEUVERSCome get an above the tank look at the Manatee Springs exhibit and the maintenance of these amazing aquatic mammals from their keepers and even get to build an enrichment treat for them to enjoy.March 9: 10-10:45 am



Winter Dates & Topics

Cost per Class: Members: $12 / Non-Members: $16

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What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Animal enrichment, of course! Whether it is a box sprayed with perfume or apples hidden in a pile of mulch, keeping the animals at the Zoo entertained can be a creative job. In this class, we’ll learn the purpose and process that goes into the creation of enrichment items at the Zoo. Then, we’ll make an enrichment treat for some special Zoo residents.

January 9: 1-2:30 pm