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.
Questions? Contact us at (513) 559-7767 or email [email protected]
Cost: Members: $60 / Non-Members: $75
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.
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!
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.
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.
Cost: Members: $65 / Non-Members: $80
Cost: Members: $70 / Non-Members: $85
Cost per Class: Members: $40 / Non-Members: $55
Cost per Series: Members: $175 / Non-Members: $250
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.