These 4 week long, age-appropriate classes for toddlers through 8th graders are designed to develop curiosity, create empathy, encourage healthy social skills, and grow self esteem. Participants will be immersed in fun, educational, wildlife rich experiences designed to develop knowledge and life skills. Join the club and hang with the Troop!

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In each series we will identify specific steps or skills that your child will achieve along with a key purpose statement. The same knowledgeable Zoo instructor will teach each week of the Zoo Troop series which will allow your child to form a positive relationship with their instructor.

Join the Zoo Troop as we explore a different fun and interactive topic every month and foster caring, confident, and inspiring young people who know and love the wild world around them.

Who can participate?
  • Ages 18 months old through 8th grade. We divide age groups by grade bands. We offer the following grade bands: Toddlers (18-36 months old), Pre- K, Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, and 6th-8th Grade.
When are Zoo Troop courses available?
  • When you register for Zoo Troop you will be asked to select the day of the week you would like to come to every week. Currently Zoo Troop is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays.
How much is Zoo Troop?
  • Zoo Troop series are 4 weeks long.
  • Cost for series vary based on Grade Band and program length. See below for the cost of each.
Where does Zoo Troop 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 [email protected]

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zootrooptoddlersFor Toddlers (18-36 months old)

Cost: Members: $60 / Non-Members: $75

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Sensational Senses Can you smell as well as an aardvark or hear as well as a bat eared fox? Animals have the best senses in the world! Come to this 4 week series where you and your child will explore the world like our Zoo animals do. We will use our senses to experience our world through discovery activities like dramatic play, zoo hikes, live animal encounters, and crafts.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23 & 30: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am
Home School Wednesdays: January 10, 17, 24 & 31: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am
Fridays: January 12, 19, 26 & February 2: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am
Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27 & February 3: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am
Hoot and a Holler “Grr,” says the tiger, “Quack,” says the duck, “Hiss,” says the… cockroach? Animals sure do have a lot to say! Come to the Zoo and learn to talk to the animals in their language! We’ll tweet, growl, and moo our way through this 4-week series as we learn to listen to and mimic the sounds around us.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: February 13, 20, 27 & March 6: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am
Home School Wednesdays: February 14, 21, 28 & March 7: 9:30-10:15 or 11-11:45am
Fridays: February 16, March 2, 9: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am
Saturdays: February 17, 24, March 3 & 10: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

zootroppprekFor Pre-Kindergarteners (ages 3-4 years old)

Cost: Members: $60 / Non-Members: $75

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Exploring Your World Every day, animals use their super-senses to help them find food, water, shelter, and space. Throughout the Zoo Troop journey, we will meet animal ambassadors up-close, create crafts, and explore the Zoo with our new friends. Join us in this 4 week series as we learn about senses and how we can use them to investigate our own world! Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23 & 30: 10:00am -11:00am
Home School Wednesdays: January 10, 17, 24 & 31: 10:00am -11:00am
Fridays: January 12, 19, 26 & February 2: 10:00am -11:00am
Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27 & February 3: 10:00am -11:00am
Finding Friends When you look at an ant mound, does it look like complete chaos? When you see
birds flying together- did they just happen to join one another? Join us for this four
week series as we investigate how animals communicate and live with one another!
We will meet animals face to face in the classroom and out in the Zoo. With the
same instructor and group each week we will communicate and share with our classmates,
working together to find out just how animals communicate like you and me!
Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: February 13, 20, 27 & March 6: 10:00am -11:00am
Home School Wednesdays: February 14, 21, 28 & March 7: 10:00am -11:00am
Fridays: February 16, 23, March 2 & 9: 10:00am -11:00am
Saturdays: February 17, 24, March 3 & 10: 10:00am -11:00am

zootroopkindFor Kindergartners

Cost: Members: $65 / Non-Members: $80

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Say What?! What do colorful feathers, fancy foot work, squawking and poop all have in common?! Most animals may not be able to “talk” in the same way that we do, but they sure do know how to communicate with each other in a diversity of ways! During this 4-week series, we’ll meet these unconventional “talkers” up-close and use our senses to figure out what kind of messages they are trying to share. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23 & 30: 10-11:30am
Home School Wednesdays: January 10, 17, 24 & 31: 10-11:30am
Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27 & February 3: 10-11:30am
Bio-Buddies Can a moth and a sloth be buddies? Can a tree and a bee be friends? Why not? Many animals have unusual friends. This 4 –week series will focus on discovering how animals help each other out and how these friendships fit into the balance of nature. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: February 13, 20, 27 & March 6: 10-11:30am
Home School Wednesdays: February 14, 21, 28 & March 7: 10-11:30am
Saturdays: February 17, 24, March 3 & 10: 10-11:30am

zootrop1or3For 1st-2nd Graders

Cost: Members: $65 / Non-Members: $80

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Extreme Senses What if you could see and hear a mouse squeaking from hundreds of feet away? Some of the world’s coolest critters have the most incredible senses. This 4-week series will explore out of this world senses through discovery activities, Zoo hikes and live animal encounters. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23 & 30: 10:00am-11:30am
Home School Wednesdays: February 10, 17, 24 & 31: 10:00am -11:30am
Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27 & February 3: 2-3:30pm
Secret Messages Shhhh! Some of the biggest animals make the quietest sounds. These careful creatures still work together to survive without making a peep! Join us as we investigate the plethora of other ways silent communicators send secret messages to each other. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: February 13, 20, 27 & March 6: 10-11:30am
Home School Wednesdays: February 14, 21, 28 & March 7: 10-11:30am
Saturdays: February 17, 24, March 3 & 10: 2-3:30pm

zootropfirstFor 3rd-4th Graders

Cost: Members: $65 / Non-Members: $80

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Eye Saw That! Do you see eye to eye with wildlife? Maybe, maybe not! Animal eyes are adapted to perceive their world and tell them important information to help them survive. Not all visual cues are important to all species and not all things look the same to all animals. In this series, we will learn about how different species use their uniquely adapted eyes and their sense of sight to see their world and how this sense helps them to meet their needs and survive in their world. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23 & 30: 10-11:30am
Home School Wednesdays: January 10, 17, 24 & 31: 10-11:30am
Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27 & February 3: 2-3:30pm
A Tail’s Tale A rudder, a signal, a balancer, a breaking system – tails serve all sorts of interesting functions. In this four week series, we will look at the science and the structure of tails and who uses them for what, the clues a tail can tell about an animal’s lifestyle, and the tools that we use to help make up for not having a tail ourselves. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: February 13, 20, 27 & March 6: 10-11:30am
Home School Wednesdays: February 14, 21, 28 & March 7: 10-11:30am
Saturdays: February 17, 24, March 3 & 10: 2-3:30pm

six8For 5th-6th Graders

Cost: Members: $70 / Non-Members: $85

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Call Me, Maybe Can you tell the difference between an alarm call and a friendly vocalization just
by hearing it? How does an animal’s color send a silent message? What does it really mean when your cat rubs its head on you? Scent, color, sound – animals use many methods to share information with their friends, foes, and neighbors. In
this four week series, we will explore the important role that animal communication plays both within and between species. We will even learn how to look for and recognize the meaning of some common animal communications, and uncover the power of our own words and voices by sharing what we learn with our friends and family.
Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: January 10, 17, 24 & 31: 10:00am-Noon
Homes School Wednesdays: January 10, 17, 24 & 31: 10:00am-Noon
Saturdays: January 14, 21, 28 & February 4: 1:30-3:30pm
Habitat Heroes What do an alligator, a panda, and a frog have in common? The way they interact with their environment plays a uniquely important role in the lives of the species with which they share their habitat. During this series, we will learn about what terms such as ”indicator species,” “keystone species,” and “umbrella species” mean as well as which special animals in our world (and Zoo) fill these roles. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: February 13, 20, 27 & March 6: 10am-Noon
Home School Wednesdays: February 14, 21, 28 & March 7: 10am-Noon
Saturdays: February 17, 24, March 3 & 10: 1:30pm-3:30pm

3For 7th-8th Graders

Cost: Members: $70 / Non-Members: $85

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Animal Instincts Finding food, shelter, and safety are essential for an animal’s survival. What about things like play and vocalizations, though? How much of what animals do is learned, and how much is instinct? During this series, we will explore the roots and causes of some of the different behaviors that animals display every day as well as how these behaviors might differ between wild and captive animals. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23 & 30: 10am-Noon
Wednesdays: January 10, 17, 24 & 31: 10am-Noon
Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27 & February 3: 1:30-3:30pm
Be Mine Love is in the air this month. From stinky pheromones to musical duets and gifts of food to elaborate dance routines, animals have interesting ways of finding and winning over a mate. During this series, we’ll learn about the role that sounds, sights, and smells play in animals finding each other and some of the funny and strange things that animals do to win over a prospective partner. We will also learn a little
about the role that conservation science sometimes needs to play in the whole process, both in the wild and right here at our Zoo.
Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: February 13, 20, 27 & March 6: 10am-Noon
Home School Wednesdays: February 14, 21, 28 & March 7: 10am-Noon
Saturdays: February 17, 24, March 3 & 10: 1:30-3:30pm

zootrooptoddlersHigh School

Cost per Class: Members: $40 / Non-Members: $55

Cost per Series: Members: $175 / Non-Members: $250

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TBD Check back in Spring for an exciting new series! TBD