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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Count with Me! Join us in this four week series as we learn to count. Practice counting animals, better yet toes, tails, and legs! We will meet animals face to face in the classroom, as well as in the Zoo when we go on our hike! Watch your child grow as they count with their classmates, all while sharing and working together.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, & 17: 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am
Wednesdays: September 27, October 4, 11, & 18: 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am
Fridays: September 29, October 6, 13, & 20: 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am
Saturdays: September 30, October 7, 14, & 21: 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am
1-2-3, Dance with Me! Jump like a lemur, swing like an elephant’s trunk, and groove to the beat with some neat counting tunes! Join us in this four week series as we mimic animal music and movement, while finding our voices and working on our counting skills! We will meet some wild dancing friends face to face in the classroom and out in the Zoo.

Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Tuesdays: October 31, November 7, 14 & 28: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am
Wednesdays: November 1, 8, 15, & 29: 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am
Fridays: November 3, 10, 17 & December 1: 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am
Saturdays: November 4, 11, 18, & December 2: 9:30-10:15 am or 11-11:45 am

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

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

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Critter Coverings Join us for this four week series as we identify and discover animal coverings! We will touch fur, feathers, and scales, and explore with sight, touch, and sound. We will meet animals face to face in the classroom and out in the Zoo. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, & 17: 10-11 am
Wednesdays: September 27, October 4, 11, & 18: 10-11 am
Fridays: September 29, October 6, 13, & 20: 10-11 am
Saturdays: September 30, October 7, 14, & 21: 10-11 am
Critter Classification! What makes a mammal a mammal, or a bird a bird? Join us for this four week series as we investigate and classify animals based on similarities! 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 classify our Zoo animals! Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Tuesdays: October 31, November 7, 14 & 28: 10-11 am
Wednesdays: November 1, 8, 15, & 29: 10-11 am
Fridays: November 3, 10, 17, & December 1: 10-11 am
Saturdays: November 4, 11, 18, & December 2: 10-11 am

zootroopkindFor Kindergartners

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

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Animal Investigators Are you ready to become an animal investigator? Great! In this series, we will learn to identify the various body parts that animals have and check out all of the similarities and differences we can find. From claws and toes to a short or long nose, we’ll next explore how these body parts help each animal to survive. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, & 17: 10-11:30 am
Home School Wednesdays: September 27, October 4, 11, & 18: 10-11:30 am
Saturdays: September 30, October 7, 14, & 21: 10-11:30 am
The Inside Scoop We know that animals can look very different on the outside, but what about the inside? In this class, we will learn about bones, teeth, and digestive habits! Sometimes gross but always great, these things all help an animal to survive and can help investigators, like us, tell how animals that are similar can be grouped together. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: October 31, November 7, 14 & 28: 10-11:30 am
Home School Wednesdays: November 1, 8, 15, & 29: 10-11:30 am
Saturdays: November 4, 11, 18, & December 2: 10-11:30 am

zootrop1or3For 1st-2nd Graders

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

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We’ve Got You Covered! What is one of the easiest ways to distinguish one class of animals from another? – its physical coverings! Become a mini scientist as we develop our observation and data collection skills to take a closer look at plants, skin, scales, and fur! Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, & 17: 10-11:30 am
Home School Wednesdays: September 27, October 4, 11, & 18: 10-11:30 am
Saturdays: September 30, October 7, 14, & 21: 2-3:30 pm
My Wild Family Tree Domestic vs. Wild – what’s the difference!? Join us as we investigate our own domestic and wild Zoo residents to figure out how these two are truly wild ancestors! From your companion cat to the African cheetah, or the horse on the farm to the Przewalski’s horse from Mongolia, these family members definitely have their similarities and differences. We will meet animals up close and out on our Zoo hike, practicing our observation and inquiry skills! Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: October 31, November 7, 14 & 28: 10-11:30 am
Home School Wednesdays: November 1, 8, 15, & 29: 10-11:30 am
Saturdays: November 4, 11, 18, & December 2: 2-3:30 pm

zootropfirstFor 3rd-4th Graders

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

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Animal Oddballs You probably know that wolves and foxes are related and that cheetahs and lions
share a branch of the family tree, but what about those animal oddballs out there?
Who is a sloth’s closest relative? What about hippos and aye-ayes? Some animal
relatives are easy to figure out, but others are a bit tricky. From classroom animal encounters to hikes and hands-on activities, this four-week series, will help us look closer at the wild, wonderful, and wacky creatures out there and trace their family trees to their, sometimes surprising, roots.
Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, & 17: 10-11:30 am
Home School Wednesdays: September 27, October 4, 11, & 18: 10-11:30 am
Saturdays: September 30, October 7, 14, & 21: 2-3:30 pm
Winged Wonders Flight is a pretty amazing adaptation. Pair that with the fact that it appears in three, independent animal classes, and you have one amazing example of convergent evolution. In this program, we will encounter animals in the classroom and on grounds that help us observe and explore the structures and behaviors that help animals fly, compare the ways that animals accomplish it, and use what we learn plus our own imaginations to create some new, flying species of our own. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: October 31, November 7, 14 & 28: 10-11:30 am
Home School Wednesdays: November 1, 8, 15, & 29: 10-11:30 am
Saturdays: November 4, 11, 18, & December 2: 2-3:30 pm

six8For 5th-6th Graders

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

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Spotlight on Birds From the smallest hummingbird to the largest ostrich, there is a lot of diversity among birds. In this class, we will explore the traits that unite all birds as well as those that divide them into subgroups. Through it all, hands-on exploration, inquiry, animal visitors and Zoo hikes will bring our investigations to life as this program session shines a spotlight on our feathered friends. Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, & 17: 10 am-noon
Home School Wednesdays: September 27, October 4, 11, & 18: 10 am-noon
Saturdays: September 30, October 7, 14, & 21: 1:30-3:30 pm
Spotlight on Reptiles What do an alligator, a rattlesnake, a Komodo dragon, and a tortoise have in
common? They are all reptiles! There are so many different kinds of reptiles with
so many different characteristics that it is hard to believe they are related! During
this program session, we will learn to look closer at the traits of these scaly friends
and notice some of their similarities and their differences as we learn how scientists
classify (and argue about classifying) them. Hikes, animal encounters, and investigations
will make this experience both educational and fun! SSSSSSSee you there!
Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: October 31, November 7, 14 & 28: 10 am-noon
Home School Wednesdays: November 1, 8, 15, & 29: 10 am-noon
Saturdays: November 4, 11, 18, & December 2: 1:30-3:30 pm

3For 7th-8th Graders

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

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Mammals In-Depth Mammals are an amazing, diverse, and well adapted group of animals. Using
scientific tools, observations at exhibits and in the classroom, and getting hands-on with biofacts such as skulls, we’ll investigate what makes an animal a mammal. Then, we will take a closer look at two different scientific orders of mammals, learning about what makes them so special and unique. This series will culminate in participants getting a chance to demonstrate what they have learned by sharing it with their families and the public!
Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, & 17: 10 am-noon
Home School Wednesdays: September 27, October 4, 11, & 18: 10 am-noon
Saturdays: September 30, October 7, 14, & 21: 1:30-3:30 pm
Birds In-Depth Which animal class includes members that can both fly in the air and underwater?
Birds of course! From the biggest ostrich to the tiniest hummingbird, we will explore what it takes to be a member of Class Aves. We will use our skills as scientific investigators to observe, compare, and classify the members of this group of animals. Then, with hikes, skull examinations, and some classroom animal visits, we’ll take an in-depth look at three specific scientific orders of birds to understand what makes them so unique. Like the month before, this series will culminate in an opportunity for participants to show what they have learned by sharing it with their family and the public.
Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday for 4 weeks
Home School Tuesdays: October 31, November 7, 14 & 28: 10 am-noon
Home School Wednesdays: November 1, 8, 15, & 29: 10 am-noon
Saturdays: November 4, 11, 18, & December 2: 1:30-3:30 pm

zootrooptoddlersHigh School

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

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

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Animal Behavior Series This five week series will explore animal behavior and how it helps them to survive in the wild. Uncover feeding styles, migration, social behavior, and communication behaviors. From the intricate social systems of leaf cutter ants to the cooperative hunting techniques of the painted dog, we will observe many of the animals at the Zoo. Engage in classroom discussions and animal encounters in every class and two behind-the-scenes opportunities.
Part I, 10/7 – Introduction to Animal Behavior: Explore why animals behave the way they do by observing their many unique adaptations.
Part II,10/14 – Feeding Styles and Strategies: In order to fulfill the basic need for nutrition, animals have developed many ways to acquire the food they need.
Part III, 10/28 – Animal Communication: Singing of birds, the roar of a lion, brilliant colors of insects, the distinct smell of a fox, and the magical chemical pathways of leaf-cutter ants are all ways animal communicate.
Part IV, 11/4 – How Animals Migrate, Hibernate, or Adapt to Winter: Investigate how and why animals react to seasonal changes in their world.
Part V, 11/11 – Why Animals Form Groups: From ants to antelopes, we will observe animal groups and societies and how they enhance an animal’s survival and reproductive success.
Saturdays: October 7, 14, 28, November 4 and 11: 10-12:30 pm