No stuffy lectures here, these programs introduce students to live animals while sharpening students’ sensory and observation skills as well as supporting Tri-State academic standards. Animal Demonstrations are the perfect way to supplement your Zoo visit! Questions? Email [email protected] or to register over the phone contact the Education Department at (513) 559-7767 Who can participate? Preschool- 8th grade Minimum group size required is 8 students. We offer four time slots with two smaller groups (8-30 students) and two larger groups (20-60 students) accommodated. When are Close Encounters Programs available? Close Encounters Programs are available September-May with two sessions at 10:30 and two sessions at 11:30 Each demonstration is approximately 30 minutes PreK, K and 45 minutes 1st-8th. Make your reservations at least two weeks in advance. Programs are held regardless of weather conditions unless a weather emergency is declared. How much are Close Encounters Programs? Free with School Admission! Where do Close Encounters Programs take place? In the Harold C. Schott Education Center What topics are available? Topic Grade Description Adaptations preK-5 Adaptable for younger or older students, this program introduces several unique live animals and explores their adaptations related to survival. Fur, Feathers, Scales PreK-2 Younger students learn how to determine if animals are mammals, birds or reptiles based on body coverings. Life Cycles K-2, 3-5 Adaptable for younger or older students, live animals are used to show the different ways that wildlife goes through life cycles. Inquiry 101 K-8 Students learn how to ask introductory investigative questions about the world around them and conduct a simple experiment involving live animals. Tailored to the age group. Food Chains 3-5 Bring food chains to life while learning how living things get energy to survive, as well as how they may be affected by changes in the environment. Species Survival 3-8 Discover how plants and animals (including humans) interact with their environment, and each other, to survive.