Where the World is your Classroom!

The Zoo is the only place to meet over 500 animal and 3,000 plant species. The Zoo is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide! Field trips to the Zoo are available year round every day of the week. Admission is only $6 per student* and one adult per ten students is free. Learn More about visiting the Zoo.

*New for 2015: School Penguin Days!*  During the months of January & February, all school tickets are half-off ($3.00)! School groups can explore the Zoo with less crowds and enjoy more than 12 heated indoor animal exhibits.  Schools can also see the Zoo’s King Penguin Parade through the park every day at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Register or call 513-559-7767 to sign up today!

*Note: Starting July 1st, 2014, school admission is $6 per student. Any registrations made prior to that date will have the $5 price they registered under honored for their trip.

Living Classroom Access Fund

Qualified schools apply now for free admission to the Zoo.

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School Classes at the Zoo

Close Encounters Animal Programs

Formerly known as School Animal Demos, meet and interact with live animals! Sharpen sensory and observation skills during these exciting animal programs designed for PreK-8th grade.
*New in Spring 2015: Close Encounters assembly-sized programs*
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CREW Programs

Tour the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW)and learn more about the Zoo’s research facility and exciting conservation projects.
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Self-Guided Activities

Get your students involved in learning while at the Zoo with these standards-based activities. Download and print as many copies as you need.

Self-Guided Zoo Activities

School Events

Special School Events

None at this time

Wild Discover Zones

Wild Discover Zone

Wild Discover Zones are located at key exhibits throughout the Zoo where engaging volunteers interact with your students about special, standards-based topics. Zones change annually so check back to see what’s new!

Wild Discover ZoneLocationZone Theme
Eagle EyrieBetween Andean Condor and Sea Eagle flight cagesAnimals are classified into different groups based on similar physical characteristics. Two characteristics that makes bird unique are feathers and wings.
Elephant ReserveNear the exhibit pavilionElephants are a great example of a keystones species because of their ability to "bio-engineer" their habitat in ways that other plants and animals rely on to survive and thrive.
Gorilla WorldEntire exhibitConnection with wildlife can create conservation action and learning about the Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla residents can help create that connection and respect.
Manatee SpringsAcross from the manatee tankManatees encounter a variety of problems in the wild that sometimes requires them to be rescued and sent to a rehabilitation facility, so they can eventually be released. The Cincinnati Zoo is one of the few zoos in the U.S. to rehabilitate manatees for release.
Swan LakeBetween Gibbon Island and WetlandsIt is easy to observe wildlife all around us including our own backyards, parks, and green spaces.
World of the InsectCounter across from Leaf-Cutter AntsThe Cincinnati Zoo is part of a conservation breeding and release program for the American burying beetle, an important but endangered native species to our ecosystem.

Zoo Animal Encounters

Download the Spring Zoo Animal Encounters Schedule