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 [email protected]

zootrooptoddlersFor Toddlers (18-36 months old)

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

Topics Description Dates
Colorful Creatures Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October
Movers & Shakers Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in October and November
Beastly Behaviors Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in January and February
What Shape is Your Home? Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in February and March

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

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

Topics Description Dates
What’s For Dinner? Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October
Ani-Moves Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in October and November
At Home in the Cold Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in January and February
Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday for 4 weeks in February and March

zootroopkindFor Kindergarteners

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

Topics Descriptions Dates
Beastly Feasts Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October
I Like To Move It, Move It Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in October and November
My Home Is A… Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in January and February
I Sleep In A… Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in February and March

zootrop1or3For 1st-2nd Graders

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

Topics Description Dates
Tasty Treats Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October
Walk This Way Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in October and November
Livin’ Off the Land Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in January and February
Who Lives in the Water? Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in February and March

zootropfirstFor 3rd-4th Graders

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

Topics Description Dates
Feeding Frenzy Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October
Animals on the Move Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in October and November
Globetrotting Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in January and February
Island Inhabitants Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in February and March

six8For 5th-6th Graders

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

Topics Description Dates
Eat Like an Animal Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October
Prowl Like a Predator Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in October and November
Backyard Biologist Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in January and February
Animal Architects Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in February and March

3For 7th-8th Graders

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

Topic Description Dates
Zoo-vivor Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in September and October
Animal Olympians Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in October and November
Most Extreme Habitats Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in January and February
Sharing Spaces and Common Places Learn More and Register Choose to come every Tuesday or Saturday for 4 weeks in February and March