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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Oh Baby! Do you look like your mommy and daddy? Animal babies look like their mommy and daddy too! Join us while we match up mom and baby, using our voices and bodies to act like animals in the classroom and around the Zoo. Grown ups will join us, as we watch animals in action, and learn about baby animals with our friends.
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Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks mid April through mid May
I spy… Our world is full is places to discover and explore, and our toddlers are doing just that! Join us for a four week series as we explore our world by getting out into the Zoo, and looking up, down, and all around! You and your child will explore the outdoors, meeting animals who live in the water, underground, in the soil, and way up in the sky! Each week we will discover these animals through live encounters, Zoo hikes and dramatic and exploratory play, in our own Education back yard!
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Choose to come every Saturday for 4 weeks in July

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

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

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Born Wild What is it like to be an animal baby? Some need more tender love and care than others, but they all need food, water and protection to survive! Join us as we learn about the most precious time of an animal’s life, where a baby will learn the most essential lessons from mom and dad! We will meet some beautiful babies face to face, out in the Zoo, and in the classroom.
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Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks mid April through mid May
The Art of Nature It’s time to use our creativity to explore the great outdoors! Come outside with us to create our own art projects, and discover the fascinating art palette nature has to offer! Each week of our series we will meet animals face-to-face inside and around the Zoo, as we get hands on with nature in our own backyard!
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Choose to come every Saturday for 4 weeks in July

zootroopkindFor Kindergartners

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

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Ready, Set, Play! What is your favorite game to play on the playground? Have you ever played hide-and-seek or hopscotch? You may be surprised to discover that some animals are born knowing what to do while others play games in order to learn important lessons for survival! During this four-week series, we’ll take a closer look at the role of play in how baby animals learn the skills they need to survive as adults.
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Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks mid April through mid May

zootrop1or3For 1st-2nd Graders

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

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Are You My Mother? How are the lives of baby reptiles, mammals, birds and insects different? When you’re an animal baby, everything from what you eat to where you live all depends on who raises you! This spring is a great time to check out the diversity of the Zoo’s growing family. Join us as we meet animal friends, hike around the zoo and play games to see who raises our favorite animal babies.
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Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks mid April through mid May

zootropfirstFor 3rd-4th Graders

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

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My Wild Family Tree What do tigers and ocelots have in common? How about painted dogs and wolves? Their wild family trees of course! With hikes, games, and classroom animal visitors, this four-week series will help us explore the parenting and family lifestyles of these wild animals and see if they have more in common than shared ancestry.
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Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks mid April through mid May

six8For 5th-6th Graders

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

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Raising Wild Ones From baby parking to baby wearing, animals employ MANY different parenting styles. During this four-week series, participants will go on Zoo hikes, meet animals in the classroom, and engage in other fun activities that will help them explore the way that wild animal babies are raised and compare them to their own families.
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Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks mid April through mid May

3For 7th-8th Graders

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

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Growing Up Wild Imagine going from newborn to adult in a year, a few months, or less than a month! Imagine being independent from birth or staying a baby until conditions are right to become an adult! Imagine having 200 brothers and sisters! In this 4-week series, we will learn all about the crazy variety that can be found amongst baby animals and why growing up in the animal kingdom is a wild and wonderful thing!
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Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks mid April through mid May

zootrooptoddlersHigh School

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

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

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Part I: Evolutionary Ecology and Animal Classification We will review the fascinating topics of Evolutionary Ecology and Animal Classification in a fun and hands on way.
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April 1: 1-3:30pm
Part II: Insects and Their Allies and Life on Land with the Amphibians Did you know arthropods are the most diverse group of animals on Earth and the amphibians are the most endangered class of animals? We will explore these often underappreciated and very diverse groups up close and personal both in the classroom and in a peak behind-the-scenes.
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April 8: 1-3:30pm
Part III: Introduction to Reptiles Snakes, alligators, lizards and other are some of the most misunderstood animals in the world. Meet snakes, alligators and sturdy turtle in class and learn about the important members of the animal kingdom. We will have animal demonstrations in class, tour the Zoo and peak behind-the-scenes.
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April 15: 1-3:30pm
Part IV: Birds of the World Birds are one of the easiest classes of animals to see in the wild. They are winged jewels, powerful predators and avian specialists and that can be easily observed by anyone who takes the time. Meet birds in the classroom, tour the Zoo and peak behind-the-scenes.
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April 22: 1-3:30pm
Part V: Magnificent Mammals A discussion of mammalian diversity and how this rather recently evolved class of animals has diversified into numerous styles and strategies for survival. We will have in class animal demonstrations and on grounds tours as well as a peak behind-the-scenes.
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April 29: 1-3:30pm