Hang with the Troop!

These new 4 week series, encourage the development of important skills and values that will allow your child to interact with peers, foster knowledge and respect for wildlife and wild places. Join us year round as we develop caring, confident, knowledgeable, and inspiring young people.

New skills and experiences are learned in each 4-week Zoo Troop series. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for each new series.

Starting in spring 2014, Zoo Troop will be available for all age groups.

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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?
  • Currently we are only offering Zoo Troop for Toddlers (18-36 month olds), Pre-Kindergardeners (Ages 3-4 years old), and Kindergardeners. However, starting Spring 2014 we will offer series for all age groups year round. Check back with us in late winter to find out more about Zoo Troop for all ages.
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 registrars@cincinnatizoo.org

For Toddlers (18-36 months old)

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

Topics Description Dates
Colorful Creatures Can you see the brilliant colors of nature? Join us in this four week series as we take a closer look at the Zoo’s beautiful creatures and learn to identify their colors! We will meet special animals such as birds with purple feathers, beetles with blue bodies and snakes with bright yellow scales!

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Steps

1.Discover colors in nature by looking at differently colored animals at the Zoo
2. Meet animals up-close and work on identifying colors when we see them
3. Make New Friends and communicate to others
4. Learn confidence based on the knowledge you gain

Purpose

When I’ve finished this zoo troop adventure, I will have mastered color identification, putting names to the beautiful colors we see on animals and plants.

Register

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks

Tuesdays: September 2, 9, 16 & 23: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Wednesdays: September 3, 10, 17 & 24: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Fridays: September 5, 12, 19 & 26: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Saturdays: September 6, 13, 20 & 27: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Movers and Shakers Does your child like to jump, hop, crawl or climb?! Bring them to this four week series to learn how animals are movers and shakers just like them! This is our time to discover how animals get from place
to place, using their body to maneuver about their homes. Join us to learn about animal locomotion while we move around the Zoo, meet animals in the classroom and act like an animal with our friends.

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Steps

1. Discover how animals need to move around, just like we do
2. Meet animals up-close and use our eyes to examine their bodies
3. Make New Friends and learn how to communicate with others
4. Learn confidence based on the knowledge you gain

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have discovered how animals have different means of locomotion to fly, hop, climb and crawl! I will have had the opportunity to learn how animals move to meet friends, find food and seek out shelter.

Register

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks

Tuesdays: September 30, October 7, 14 & 21: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Wednesdays: October 1, 8, 15 & 22: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Fridays: October 3, 10, 17 & 24: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Saturdays: October 4, 11, 18 & 25: 9:30-10:15am

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

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

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Finding Food What will you do to get your hands on your favorite food?! Let’s discover what it takes for an animal to find their next delicious meal. Join us on a journey around the Zoo, while we find animals who are really good at finding food! Animals find food by using their hands, ears, eyes, nose and mouth, just like we do!

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Steps

1. Discover how animals find the food they eat
2. Meet animals up-close observe their body parts
3. Make New Friends and learn how to communicate with others
4. Learn confidence based on the knowledge you gain

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have learned that animals eat different foods and have different methods to search for food. I will have also understood that animals use their sense of smell, sight, touch, hearing and taste, to find their food.

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Choose to come every Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks

Wednesdays: September 3, 10, 17 & 24: 10am-11am

Fridays: September 5, 12, 19 & 26: 10-11am

Saturdays: September 6, 13, 20 & 27: 10-11am

Ani-Moves Have you watched a caterpillar inch across a leaf? Or a rabbit hop through the grass? From crawling like a caterpillar to hopping like a bunny, we will mimic the movement our animal friends make and learn about what makes them special. Join us in this four week series as we discover how animals can fly, jump, hop, swing and dive!

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Steps

1. Discover how animals move around from place to place
2. Meet animals up-close observe their special body parts used for
locomotion
3. Make New Friends and learn how to communicate with others 4. Learn confidence based on the knowledge you gain

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have learned that animals have special adaptations that allow them to move in many different ways.

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Choose to come every Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks

Wednesdays: October 1, 8, 15 & 22: 10am-11am

Fridays: October 3, 10, 17 & 24: 10-11am

Saturdays: October 4, 11, 18 & 25: 10-11am

For Kindergarteners

Cost: Members: $55 / Non-Members: $70

Topics Descriptions Dates
Beastly Feasts Have you ever been as hungry as a horse? If so, what did you eat? Are you
a picky eater? So are some Zoo animals! During this 4-week class, we’ll take hikes in the Zoo, meet special animal friends, and play games that will help us learn about the crazy variety of animal diets and what is on the menu for our Zoo animals.

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Steps

1. Discover how animals’ bodies can tell us a lot about what they eat
2. Investigate the many different kinds of diets animals can have
3. Discover what we have in common with other animals
4. Make new friends and learn how to eat like an animal

Purpose

When I have finished this Zoo Troop adventure, I will understand a little more about what animals and I need to eat to stay healthy and strong.

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Choose to come every Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks

Fridays: September 5, 12, 19 & 26: 10-11:30am or 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: September 6, 13, 20 & 27: 10am-11:30am or 2-3:30pm

I Like to Move it, Move it Do you scurry like a squirrel or swing like a siamang? Do you run like a rhino or paddle like a penguin? During this 4 week series, we’ll play games, hike through the Zoo, and meet some new animal friends as we discover (and try out) all of the amazing ways that animals move through their world.

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Steps

1. Discover the many different types of animal locomotion
2. Discover the important role an animal’s body plays in the way it moves
through its habitat.
3. Investigate how our bodies help us to move and use them to move like
some of our animal friends
4. Make new friends and have fun together

Purpose

When I have finished this Zoo Troop adventure, I will understand how animals (including humans) use their bodies to move through their world.

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Choose to come every Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks

Fridays: October 3, 10, 17, & 24: 10-11:30am or 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: October 4, 11, 18, & 25: 10am-11:30am or 2-3:30pm

For 1st-2nd Graders

Cost: Members: $55 / Non-Members: $70

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Tasty Treats Every living thing needs energy to survive- animals get energy from the food they eat! Join us in this four week journey to figure out what some of our Zoo animals like to eat! Some animals eat plants, while some animals eat other animals- lets study this food chain by meeting some animals in the classroom and out in the Zoo!

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Steps

1. Discover that predators and prey are a part of a large food chain
2. Meet animals up-close and study the body parts that assist them in eating
3. Make new friends and work on activities with other classmates
4. Learn confidence based on the knowledge you gain

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have learned that animals have physical adaptations that allow them to move in their homes.

Register Online

Choose to come every Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks

Fridays: September 5, 12, 19 & 26: 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: September 6, 13, 20 & 27: 2-3:30pm

Walk This Way Creep with eight legs, crawl with six legs, sprint with four legs or walk with just two… join us on this journey as we investigate how animals move! In each class, we will explore animal movers around the Zoo, challenge our- selves with classroom activities and experience up close animal encounters.

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Steps

1. Discover that animals have physical adaptations that allow them to move
2. Meet animals up-close and get a chance to see their body parts that assist
in locomotion
3. Make New Friends and work with others in the classroom
4. Learn confidence based on the knowledge you gain

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have learned that animals have physical adaptations that allow them to move in their homes.

Register Online

Choose to come every Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks

Fridays: October 3, 10, 17 & 24: 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: October 4, 11, 18 & 25: 2-3:30pm

For 3rd-5th Graders

Cost: Members: $55 / Non-Members: $70

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Feeding Frenzy From teeth to talons, animals have a lot of adaptations that help them to find, and eat their food. During this 4-week series, as we investigate WHAT and HOW of animal diets with hands on activities and animal visitors.

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Steps

1. Investigate how animals’ bodies are adapted to different diets
2. Discover the important role that animals (including humans) play in the
food web
3. Make new friends and discover our voices as we learn together
4. Discover what role we play in our environment

Purpose

When I finish this Zoo Troop adventure, I will have developed cooperative and team working skills. I will also have more knowledge about the role that animals, including humans, play in their ecosystem and how their body helps them fill that niche.

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Choose to come every Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks

Fridays: September 5, 12, 19, & 26: 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: September 6, 13, 20, & 27: 2-3:30pm

Animals On the Move From the brachiating arms of a gibbon to the hopping feet of a rabbit and from the flapping wings of a bat to the paddling wings of a penguin, animals are adapted to move through all kinds of places in all sorts of ways! During this 4-week series, we will take an up-close look at animal locomotion and learn about the adaptations that allow animals to move in different ways. We will also test some of our locomotion skills and see how we measure up when compared to some wild movers and shakers around the Zoo.

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Steps

1. Discover the important role primates play in their environment
2. Investigate how intelligent primates are
3. Make new friends and discover how to work together just like social
primates
4. Discover what role we play in our environment

Purpose

When I finish this Zoo Troop adventure, I will have developed cooperative and team working skills and have more knowledge about the way that animals’ (including humans’) bodies are adapted to certain ways of movement and habitats.

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Choose to come every Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks

Fridays: October 3, 10, 17, & 24: 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: October 4, 11, 18, & 25: 2-3:30pm

For 6th-8th Graders

Cost: Members: $55 / Non-Members: $70

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Zoo-viver In the wild, you are either the hunter or the hunted. During this 4-week series, we will learn about the adaptations that animals and plants can employ to survive and thrive in a wild and unpredictable world. We will also learn about the role that humans play in forming and changing the rules and the roles of wildlife.

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Steps

1. Discover the important role predators and prey play in their environment
2. Investigate how animals’ bodies are adapted to hunt or hide
3. Make new friends and discover how to work together
4. Discover what role we play in our environment

Purpose

When I finish this Zoo Troop adventure, I will have developed critical think- ing, observation, and inquiry skills and will build confidence in my own voice and ideas as I discover how I can positively impact my world.

Register Online

Choose to come every Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks

Fridays: September 5, 12, 19, & 26: 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: September 6, 13, 20, & 27: 2-3:30pm

Backyard Biologist Animals leave many signs behind when they live in or pass through a place. Their call, their footsteps, a nest spot and even their scat can tell us a lot about who they are and how they spend their time. Plants also have clues to tell us what they are and about the habitat in which they live. During this 4-week class, we will learn to look for the signs that help us identify local plant and animal wildlife and what we can do to be good stewards to our own backyard wildlife.

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Steps

1. Learn to identify some of the local wildlife in our region
2. Investigate the important role local wildlife (and humans) play in this ecosystem
3. Discover how our choices and actions can help local wildlife
4. Make new friends and discover how to work together just like social
primates

Purpose

When I finish this Zoo Troop adventure, I will have developed critical think- ing, observation, and inquiry skills and will build confidence in my own voice and ideas as I discover the role I can play in my own ecosystem.

Register Online

Choose to come every Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks

Fridays: October 3, 10, 17, & 24: 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: October 4, 11, 18, & 25: 2-3:30pm