Welcome Teachers!

zooniverse1Our Zoo Education Vision: By developing personal connections with nature and environmental literacy in our visitors, we create community, a sense of wonder, knowledge, and conservation action.

Whether you are interested in day time field trips, spending the night with Nocturnal Adventures, having animals visit your classroom or continuing education for yourself, we offer programs for both teachers and students that foster a sense of wonder, share knowledge, and advocate active involvement with wildlife and wild places!

All programs are created and adhere to tri-state (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) state standards to ensure a memorable and educational experience!

Ready to learn with the Zoo? Check out the program offerings below!


*NEW* For Winter 2016 – Teacher Professional Development: Teacher Inquiry Workshop Series

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (CZBG) is committed to inquiry-based learning where students and visitors alike are encouraged to ask questions and investigate to find answers.  Education Department staff members will walk educators through the QUEST model (Project Dragonfly) and facilitate life science inquiry investigations using live animals and plants as our subjects of observation. Learn More >

*NEW* For Winter 2016 – Field Trip Show Assemblies

Coming to the Zoo for a field trip in the winter has never been more wild! Experience the unique opportunity of seeing the Cincinnati Zoo’s incredible animals from the Cheetah Encounter or Wings of Wonder Shows up close. Your students will get the opportunity to interact with Zoo trainers, see amazing cats or birds and learn about the importance of these species in the wild. *Limited Dates Available* Learn More > 

Teachers coming November-March 15th

This is a reminder the Cincinnati Zoo is open at 10:00am during these months, so plan your arrival accordingly!

Interested in getting your Masters through the Cincinnati Zoo?
Applications are now open!

Applications for the AIP Program are now open!  Co-delivered by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, AIP combines graduate courses at the Zoo with web-based learning communities that connect you to a broad network of educators and community leaders. To learn more and/or apply, check out this link!


Field Trips to the Zoo

Enhance your students’ learning with a field trip where the Zoo is your living classroom! Field trips to the Zoo are available year round every day of the week.
*2015-2016 school year registration will open August 1st.*
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Nocturnal Adventures Overnights

Experience the wildest nightlife in town! An overnight at the Zoo is an incredibly memorable and fun way to meet academic standards while seeing the Zoo in a whole new way – after hours.
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Zoo Trip Financial Assistance

The Zoo proudly offers FREE field trips and overnights for qualified schools! Thanks to the Living Classroom Education Access Fund, qualified schools can apply for assistance for a daytime field trip or our Nocturnal Adventures Overnight.
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Zoo to You!

Experience live animal encounters at your location! Teachers can choose from a variety of standards based topics for both classrooms and assembly programs.
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Conservation Actions for Schools

Looking for conservation action for your students? Check out some ways to get involved with the Cincinnati Zoo!

A.D.O.P.T. an Animal – Adopt an animal at the Cincinnati Zoo to help provide food, toys, and fun enrichment for the Zoo’s animal family!

Go Bananas! Cell Phone Challenge – Recycling cellphones helps protect Gorilla habitat. Schools that participate can also win up to $5,000 for their school.

Sustainable Shopper App -Palm oil is used in many food and health products we consume, and if it isn’t farmed sustainably, it can damage rainforests and wildlife. Help your students make smart purchasing decisions by using this Cincinnati Zoo app to find certified sustainable palm oil.

Teacher Professional Development and Graduate Courses

Earn your Master’s Degree through the Advanced Inquiry Program at the Cincinnati Zoo, earn graduate credits, and explore professional development options.
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Questions? Email registrars@cincinnatizoo.org or, to register over the phone, contact us at (513) 559-7767 option 2.