Learning and growing is fun at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden! Zoo Troop, a brand new, series-based class, helps children 18 months old through 8th grade learn to understand and respect the world around them through exploration, up close animal encounters, and fun! Through age appropriate, skill and wonder-building hands-on activities, close encounters with animals, zoo hikes, and child-led projects, children learn biological concepts and become curious to explore the world around them and find their own answers. Studies have shown that participatory, nature play creates connections with the natural world and environmentally conscious attitudes that last into adulthood. Participation in such program has also been shown to enhance self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, autonomy and initiative in participants. Building on these concepts, our programs give participants opportunities to gain leadership skills and confidence along with a deeper connection to wildlife and wild places. Come to Zoo Troop, where children can let their imagination run wild!

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

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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 registrars@cincinnatizoo.org

zootrooptoddlersFor Toddlers (18-36 months old)

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

TopicsDescriptionDates
Count With Me!Learn More and RegisterChoose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October, 2015
Music and Movement: Animal Actions!Learn More and RegisterChoose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks in November and December, 2015

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

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

TopicsDescriptionDates
Critter CoveringsLearn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October, 2015
Critter Classification!Learn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in November and December, 2015

zootroopkindFor Kindergarteners

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

TopicsDescriptionsDates
Animal InvestigatorsLearn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October, 2015
The Inside ScoopLearn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks in November and December, 2015

zootrop1or3For 1st-2nd Graders

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

TopicsDescriptionDates
We’ve got you Covered!Learn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October, 2015
My Wild Family TreeLearn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for 4 weeks in November and December, 2015

zootropfirstFor 3rd-5th Graders

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

TopicsDescriptionDates
Spotlight on BirdsLearn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in October, 2015
Spotlight on ReptilesLearn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in November and December, 2015

six8For 6th-8th Graders

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

TopicsDescriptionDates
Mammals in Depth: Classy Carnivores and Unique UngulatesLearn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in October, 2015
Birds in Depth: Raptors and Penguins and Parrots, Oh My!Learn More and Register OnlineChoose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in November and December, 2015