Hang with the Troop!

These new 4 week series, encourage the development of important skills and values that will allow your child to interact with peers, foster knowledge and respect for wildlife and wild places. Join us year round as we develop caring, confident, knowledgeable, and inspiring young people.

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

Starting in spring 2014, Zoo Troop will be available for all age groups.

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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?
  • Currently we are only offering Zoo Troop for Toddlers (18-36 month olds), Pre-Kindergardeners (Ages 3-4 years old), and Kindergardeners. However, starting Spring 2014 we will offer series for all age groups year round. Check back with us in late winter to find out more about Zoo Troop for all ages.
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

For Toddlers (18-36 months old)

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

Topics
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Sensational Senses Can you smell as well as an aardvark or hear as well as bat-eared fox? Animals have the best senses in the world! Come to this 4 week series where you and your child will explore the world like our zoo animals do. We will use our senses to experience our world through discovery activities like dramatic play, Zoo hikes, live animal encounters and crafts.

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Steps

Discover how animals use their senses
Explore our world using all of our senses
Make friends and learn to share our world together

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have discovered how animals explore their world and how I can explore my world using my senses.

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Tuesdays: January 7, 14, 21, and 28: 9:30- 10:15am or 11-11:45am

Fridays: January 10, 17, 24 and 31: 9:30- 10:15am or 11-11:45am

Saturdays: January 11, 18, 25 and February 1: 9:30-10:15am

A Hoot And A Holler “Grr,” says the tiger, “Quack,” says the duck, “Hiss,” says the…cockroach? Animals sure do have a lot to say! Come to the Zoo and learn to talk to the animals in their language! We’ll tweet, growl, and moo our way through this 4-week series as we learn to listen to and mimic the sounds around us!

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Steps

Discover how animals use their senses
Explore our world using all of our senses
Make friends and learn to share our world together

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have discovered my voice and how animals have a voice of their own.

Register

Tuesdays: February 11, 18, 25 & March 4: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Fridays: February 14, 21, 28, & March 7: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Saturdays: February 15, 22, March 1, and March 8: 9:30-10:15am

Terrific Textures! Prickles, bumps and humps, oh my! Have you ever felt the soft feathers on a chicken? The prickly spines on a hedgehog? Join us for this four week series as we explore the world around us, by using our sense of touch! Discover how animals use their sense of touch to find food, shelter and water, just like we do! In this series we will get our hands on some furry, scaly and feathery friends who live in and around the Zoo!

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Steps

Discover the many different types of mammals and where they live.
Meet animals up-close and understand their similarities and differences.
Make new friends and realize your potential.
Learn confidence based on the knowledge you gain.

Purpose

This Zoo Troop adventure will provide participants with an opportunity to foster their natural curiosity for animals while honing their skills of observation and learning how to organize and compare types of animals.

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Tuesdays: April 22, 29, May 6 & May 13: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Fridays: April 25, May 2, 9 & May 16: 9:30-10:15am or 11-11:45am

Saturdays: April 26, May 3, 10 & May 17: 9:30-10:15am

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

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

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Exploring Your World! Every day, animals use their super-senses to help them find food, water, shelter and space. Join us for this 4 week series as we learn about animal senses and how we can use them to investigate our own world!

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Steps

Discover how animals use their senses
Explore our world using all of our senses
Make friends and learn to share our world together

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have discovered how animals explore their world and how I can explore my world using my senses.

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Wednesdays: January 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th: 10am-11am

Fridays: January 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st: 10am-11am

Saturdays: January 11th, 18th, 25th and February 1st: 11am-noon

What’s For Dinner? During this 4 week Zoo Troop adventure, your child will scamper like a squirrel, swim like a sea lion and creep like a caterpillar on the search for “ani-meals.” We’ll explore animals in and out of the classroom and discover not only what they eat, but how they use their bodies to find their food.

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Steps

Discover what animals eat
Explore how different animals find their food
Make friends and learn to share our world together

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have discovered that animals use their bodies to find and eat lots of different things.

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Wednesdays: February 12, 19, 26 and March 5: 10am-11am

Fridays: February 14, 21, 28, & March 7: 10-11am

Saturdays: February 15, 22, March 1, and March 8: 11-noon

Animal Textures Whether it is prickly quills, a smooth turtle shell, or soft fluffy fur, animals are covered in a variety of textures! These textures aren’t just for fun though; they do everything from keeping the animal’s warmth in to keeping the rain out. During this series, we will get up close and hands on with some touchable animal friends as we discover animal textures and how they help the animal that wears them.

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Steps

Discover the feel and name of different textures found in nature.
Learn what an animal’s texture can tell us about them.
Explore our world with our sight, touch, and imaginations.
Make friends and learn to share our world together.

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop Adventure I will have discovered the hows and whys of different animal textures.

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Wednesdays: April 23, April 30, May 7 & May 14: 10am-11am

Fridays: April 25, May 2, May 9 & May 16: 10-11am

Saturdays: April 26, May 3, May 10 & May 17: 11am-noon

For Kindergarteners

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

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Say What?! Did you know that animals can talk?! During this 4-week series, we will discover the many ways animals communicate with each other and us! We will even meet some of these “talkers” up-close and figure out what kind of message they are sharing.

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Steps

Discover the many ways can communicate
Develop our verbal communication skills and confidence
Make and get to know friends and learn to share our world together

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have discovered my voice and how animals have a voice of their own.

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Fridays: January 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st: 1pm-2:30pm

Saturdays: January 11th, 18th, 25th and February 1st: 10am-11:30am or 1pm-2:30pm

Bio Buddies Can a moth and sloth be buddies? Can a bee and tree be friends? Sure! Many animals have unusual friends. This 4-week Zoo Troop series will focus on discovering how these friends help each other out and how their friendships fit into the balance of nature.

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Steps

Discover how and why animals build relationships and interact with each other and plants
Meet and make friends in the classroom as well as with the animals we meet
Learn to cooperate and share our world together

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop adventure I will have learned why working together and making friends is important for me and for plants and animals.

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Fridays: February 14, 21, 28 and March 7: 1pm-2:30pm

Saturdays: February 15, 22, March 1, and March 8: 10-11:30am or 1-2:30pm

Animal Champions What makes an animal a champion? Is it being the fastest or slowest? Biggest or tiniest? In this series, we’ll celebrate some super amazing animals and some surprising champions.

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Steps

Discover some animals that are the best at what they do.
Investigate how an animal’s body or abilities can help it survive.
Discover our own strengths that make us a champion.
Make new friends and celebrate each others’ success.

Purpose

When I’ve finished this Zoo Troop Adventure I will have discovered animals that are the best at what they do and learned about my strengths and how I can be a champion too!

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Fridays: April 25, May 2, May 9 & May 16: 10-11:30am & 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: April 26, May 3, May 10 & May 17: 10-11:30am & 1-2:30pm

For 1st-2nd Graders

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

Topics Description Dates
Mammals by Land, Sea & Air Mammals are a group of incredibly adapted creatures that can dash at top speeds, swim in the sea and fly through the air! During this program we will explore the diversity found among the class mammalia and discover why mammals are truly champions of the land, sea and air!

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Steps

Discover the many different types of mammals and where they live.
Meet animals up-close and understand their similarities and differences.
Make new friends and realize your potential and voice.
Become more confident from gaining knowledge.

Purpose

This Zoo Troop adventure will provide participants with an opportunity to foster their natural curiosity for animals while honing their skills of observation and learning how to organize and compare types of animals.

Register Online

Fridays: April 25, May 2, May 9 & May 16: 4:30-6pm

Saturdays: April 26, May 3, May 10 & May 17: 11am-12:30pm

For 3rd-5th Graders

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

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Proud to be a Primate What do lemurs, pottos, bonobos, gibbons and humans have in common? They all share the characteristics of a primate! Discover what primates have in common, as well as what separates them into monkeys, apes, and prosimians. We will compare and practice our primate behavior as we explore Jungle Trails. Plus, we will figure out how we can help protect our primate relatives.

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Steps

Discover the important role primates play in their environment.
Investigate primate intelligence.
Make new friends and discover how to work together just like social primates.
Discover what role we play in our environment.

Purpose

This Zoo Troop adventure will help participants develop cooperative and team working skills and will build confidence as we discover how WE as primates are super important in our ecosystems.

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Fridays: April 25, May 2, May 9 & May 16: 4:30-6:00pm

Saturdays: April 26, May 3, May 10 & May 17: 1pm-2:30pm

For 6th-8th Graders

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

These programs will be available in Fall 2014