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. Toddler and PreK participants are joined with their caregiver for all the action!  To encourage independence, Kindergartners and older are dropped off before and picked up after each adventure!  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

Topics Description Dates
Bookworms Can you crawl like a Very Hungry Caterpillar? Do you want to join in on a Barnyard Dance? Have you ever asked, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” This series will explore nature and movement through the eyes of authors such as Eric Carle and Sandra Boynton and, through hands-on activities and animal encounters, get our Zoo Troopers moving and exploring our world like the animals in our
featured books.

Steps
1. Use out bodies and senses to explore nature.
2. Identify animals we see in books and make connections to Zoo animals.
3. Work on fine and gross motor skills through program activities.
4. Develop senses of wonder and curiosity about our world and friends.

Purpose
When I have finished this series, I will have discovered that I can use my body and
senses to explore my world like animals do!

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Saturdays for 4 weeks
Saturdays: June 30, July 7, 14 & 21: 9:30-10:15 am or 11:00-11:45 am

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

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

Topics Description Dates
Stories in Motion Have you heard that Giraffes Can’t Dance? Could YOU have a tea party while a Bear Snores On? How many animals do you think can fit in The Mitten lost by a little boy? Dramatic play, meeting animals in the classroom, and an exploratory hike through the Zoo will help bring these and other books to life and encourage observation, imagination, and exploration in nature.

Steps
1. Discover how we can move and act like the animals in our stories.
2. Use observation to find difference and similarities between the appearance and actions of real animals and the ones in books.
3. Use our bodies and brains to explore our surroundings.
4. Develop friendships and learn to share our space with animals and classmates.

Purpose
When I have finished this Zoo Troop adventure, I will have had FUN playing and discovering the way that animals at the Zoo and in books interact with each other and their world.

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Saturdays for 4 weeks
Saturdays: June 30, July 7, 14 & 21: 10-11am

zootroopkindFor Kindergartners

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

Topics Descriptions Dates
Check back for our Fall session! In the meantime, learn more and register for summer camp or call 513-559-7767 option 4.


Summer Camps 2018

Register Here!

Starting back in September!

zootrop1or3For 1st-2nd Graders

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

Topics Description Dates
Check back for our Fall session! In the meantime, learn more and register for summer camp or call 513-559-7767 option 4.


Summer Camps 2018

Register Here!

Starting back in September!

zootropfirstFor 3rd-4th Graders

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

Topics Description Dates
Check back for our Fall session! In the meantime, learn more and register for summer camp or call 513-559-7767 option 4.


Summer Camps 2018

Register Here!

Starting back in September!

six8For 5th-6th Graders

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

Topics Description Dates
Check back for our Fall session! In the meantime, learn more and register for summer camp or call 513-559-7767 option 4.


Summer Camps 2018

Register Here!

Starting back in September!

3For 7th-8th Graders

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

Topic Description Dates
Check back for our Fall session! In the meantime, learn more and register for summer camp or call 513-559-7767 option 4.


Summer Camps 2018

Register Here!

Starting back in September!

zootrooptoddlersHigh School

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

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

Topics Descriptions Dates
The Zoo Inside Scoop
With lectures, activities, and some special backstage tours, participants will learn from the experts about the Zoo’s conservation projects that are helping us to save wildlife and wild places.
Dates: All programs take place on Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm
Cost per class: Members $35/Non-members $50
Cost for series: Members $125/Non-members $185
April 21 – Rallying for Rhinos
Personality conflicts, long distances, and timing issues can be tough on any relationship, but this is especially true when the couple in question happen to be endangered as well. The science of matchmaking when it comes to rhinos is tricky and complicated. Luckily, the Zoo is home to amazing animal care and captive breeding research teams that help turn this daunting task into success both here and at other institutions. Come and hear Dr. Monica Stoops talk about the challenges and breakthroughs of which she has been a part as she works tirelessly to ensure the preservation of genetic diversity in these endangered pachyderms.

April 28 – Pondering Penguins
What do penguins and Olympic swimmers have in common? They both need to log a certain amount of time in the “pool” to stay in top shape. Using telemetry and wing bands, Dr. Katie Kalafut and animal caretaker Rickey Kinley have embarked on a research product to study the amount of time the Zoo’s penguins spend in the water and how this impacts their foot health. Come and hear (and see) firsthand the amazing strides that the Zoo is making to lead the way in animal care and help keep the Zoo’s resident penguins healthy.

May 5 – Train of Thought
Training everything from porcupines to housecats seems like a broad job description, but it is par for the course for Colleen Nissen and her Cat Ambassador Trainer team! This lecture will focus on how these nimble behavior experts learn from, teach, and care for the animal ambassadors with whom they work and how their public outreach has helped to get people close enough to care about these species while spreading awareness about how everyone can be conservation heroes for wildlife.

May 12 – Tiny but Mighty
Come and explore the world of the big, beautiful, and charismatic American burying beetles with Mandy Pritchard from the animal care staff at World of the Insect. She will help us understand the important role these insects play in the ecosystem and share her firsthand experience with the Zoo’s conservation work that is bringing these native beetles back from the brink of extinction and reintroducing them to their native range in Ohio.

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April 21 & 28, May 5 & 12