Choose From Three Exciting Overnight Topics

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The Zoo is serious about education and committed to helping students meet academic goals. Our overnight topics have been written with Academic Standards and scout badges and achievements in mind.

Teachers! Click here to get a tri-state overview of what standards our overnights cover or find out Academic Standards covered in each topic below!

The Zoo proudly offers free overnight opportunities for qualified schools. To see if you qualify, click here!

Animal Adaptations (Grades 2-4)

Investigate physical and behavioral adaptations of animals and how adaptation diversity in different habitats is the key to survival!

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Animal Adaptations Overnight

Have you ever wondered why an owl hunts at night or why a fox has such large ears? Have you ever thought about how hard it would be to get dressed for school if you had no thumbs? Nocturnal Adventures’ Animal Adaptations will answer all those questions and more!

Who can participate?

2nd- 4th grade. Adults also welcome.

How much does Animal Adaptations cost?

$40.00 per participant (*Teachers bringing school groups are free)

Where will you sleep?
  • Animal Adaptations sleeps in the Harold C. Schott Education Center.
  • Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones.
  • Maximum group size is 120 participants, including chaperones.
What will you learn?

During the Animal Adaptations Overnight we will investigate the definition of adaptation. An adaptation is a physical or behavioral characteristic that helps an animal or plant survive and reproduce in its habitat. For example, a Night Monkey’s huge eyes allow it to see better at night, and the Honey Bee Waggle Dance shows other bees where food is! On your overnight, you will:

  • Understand how physical and behavioral adaptations ensure survival
  • Appreciate the diversity of animals and their adaptations
  • Understand the specific adaptations of Nocturnal Animals
  • Test your skill as a nocturnal animal
Standards for Schools
Animal Adaptations Overnight – OH Academic Standards (PDF)
Animal Adaptations Overnight – KY Academic Standards (PDF)
Animal Adaptations Overnight – IN Academic Standards (PDF)

 

African Predator Prowl I (Grades 2-5) & II (Grades 6 & up)

Prowl the Zoo at night in search of predators from Africa and beyond while learning about the vital role of predators and humans in a healthy ecosystem.

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African Predator Prowl

This Overnight examines food webs and the vital role predators play and the strategies they use to hunt their prey. We also explore hopeful conservation stories in Africa and everything humans have done to protect wildlife. During this overnight you will meet some predators up close and personal, go behind the scenes and explore how the Zoo feeds predators big and small, discover some unexpected but mighty predators, take a quest through Africa, and so much more!

Who can participate?

African Predator Prowl is designed in two developmentally appropriate levels.

  • African Predator Prowl I: 2-5th grade
  • African Predator Prowl II: 6th grade and up
How much does African Predator Prowl cost?
  • $40.00 per participant (*Teachers bringing school groups are free).
Where will you sleep?

African Predator Prowl – Sleeping in the new Harold C. Schott Education Center

  • Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones.
  • Maximum group size is 120 participants, including chaperones.

African Predator Prowl – Sleeping in the Wolf Woods Education Center (a satellite classroom located in the Wolf Woods Eastern Woodlands exhibit)

  • Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones.
  • Maximum group size is 20 participants, including chaperones.
What will you learn?

During African Predator Prowl we will prowl the Zoo for predators, explore the intricate food webs that support these animals and learn what role humans have played in the lives of predators over the centuries.

  • Explore food-webs  and uncover the broad implications when the balance is disrupted.
  • Determine what a predator’s role is and discuss how predators around the world have been impacted by changes in their environment.
  • Discover the legacies of predators in Africa and how these animals have fared over the generations
  • Explore modern challenges of wildlife management, and species’ success stories.
Standards for Schools
African Predator Prowl Overnight – OH Academic Standards (PDF)
African Predator Prowl Overnight – KY Academic Standards (PDF)
African Predator Prowl Overnight – IN Academic Standards (PDF)

Sleep with the Manatees (Grades 5 & up)

Explore the diversity of life on Earth while spending the night with our resident manatees!

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Fall asleep with Manatees circling your feet!

This program focuses on biodiversity, human interactions, and highlights the endangered Florida manatee.

*Our resident Manatees live in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Otto M. Budig Family Foundation Manatee Springs Exhibit. Book your Sleep with the Manatees overnight while space is still available!

Who can participate?
  • 5th grade and up. Adults also welcome.
How much does Sleep with the Manatees Cost?
  • $40.00 per participant (*Teachers bringing school groups are free).
Where will you sleep?
  • Sleep with the Manatees sleeps in the Manatees Springs building.
  • Minimum group size is 15 participants, including chaperones.
  • Maximum group size is 60 participants, including chaperones.
What will you learn?

On your overnight, you will explore:

  • Biodiversity, where it can be found and how we play a significant role in protecting it
  • Eco-regions, specifically the Florida Everglades, and how relationships within make them so significant
  • The Florida manatee, discover why it is endangered and what you can do to help
  • Human impact to biodiversity
Standards for Schools
Swim with the Manatees Overnight – OH Academic Standards (PDF)
Swim with the Manatees Overnight – KY Academic Standards (PDF)
Swim with the Manatees Overnight – IN Academic Standards (PDF)

Questions or to register contact the Education Department at (513) 559-7767 or email registrars@cincinnatizoo.org