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 $5 per student and one adult per ten students is free.

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Living Classroom Access Fund

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School Classes at the Zoo

Animal Demonstrations

Meet and touch live animals! Sharpen sensory and observation skills during these exciting animal programs designed for PreK-5th grade. 
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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

M=Math,  S=Science,  SS=Social Studies,  T=Technology,  L=Language Arts,  C=Creative Arts

Name
Description
PreK
K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12
Animal Observers – Night Hunters
Ask questions and make predictions while investigating nocturnal animals. L, M
x
 
 
 
 
Animal Observers – Wings of the World
Ask questions and make predictions while investigating birds of the world. L, M
x
 
 
 
 
Animal Stereotypes
Identify animal stereotypes and the impacts they may have. L, S 
 
 
 
x
x
Ani-moves
Observe adaptations that help animals move. S
 
 x
 
 
 
Animal Survival Inquiry
 Use inquiry to explore questions about animal temperatures. S
 
 x
 
 
 
Ant Antics
 Practice observation skills on some of the Zoo’s smallest residents. S
 
 x
 
x
 
Big Math
Become a math master with a little help from our elephants. M
 
x
 
 
 
Color the Rainbow PreK-K
Color the Rainbow 1st-2nd
Find out how colors help animals survive. S, C
x
x
 
 
 
Conservation Connection
Answer Key
Discover how the Zoo protects wildlife. S, T
 
 
 
x
x
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Answer Key
Identify the different shapes animal ears make! S,M
x
x
 
 
 
Food Chain Frenzy
Explore food chains and how animals eat. S
 
 
 x
 x
 
Ecosystem Architect
 Design an imaginary ecosystem using Zoo residents. S
 
 
 
x
x
Ethology and Inquiry
 Examine animal behavior and why studying it is important. S
 
 
 
 
x
Exhibit Consultant
Observe exhibit preferences, collect data, graph and analyze results. S, M
 
 
 
x
x
ExSqueeze Me
Gather data and create pie charts to determine if the Zoo is displaying snakes people want to see. M
 
 
x
 
 
Handy Primates
Use observation and inquiry to find out about primate handedness. S
 
 
 x
x
 
Insect Life Cycles
Answer Guide
Explore how insects go through a “big change” at the World of the Insect. S
 
 
x
 
 
Investigating Enrichment
 Explore enrichment and why it is important. S
 
 
 
x
x
Our Silly Day at the Zoo
Create a silly short story using descriptive nouns, verbs and more. L
 
x
 
 
 
Primate Antics
  Practice observation skills on the Zoo’s primates. S
 
x
 x
x
 
Rare Bird Scavenger Hunt
Answer Key
 Discover rare birds living at the Zoo and conservation efforts to save them. S
 
 
 x
 x
 
Saving Wildlife
 Explore how the Zoo helps save wildlife. S
 
 
 
 x
 x
Sensible Senses
 Discover animal senses. S
 x
 
 
 
 
Solar Panel Fever
Find out how much energy solar panels produce and if it is enough to power the entire Zoo. M, T
 
 
 
 
x
Staying Alive
Explore physical and behavioral adaptations that keep animals alive. S
 
x
 
 
 
Toetally Wild
Look at animal footprints and discover how quickly toes and feet can add up. M
 
x
x
 
 
Ultimate Survival
 Explore how animals and plants interact with their environment. S
 
 
 
x
 
Underwater Lawn Mower
Find out how much how manatees eat and how they help the ecosystem they live in. M, S
 
 
 
 
x
Wild Adaptations
Answer Key
Explore plant and animal adaptations for survival. S, C
 
x
x
 
 
You Are Here
Practice geography skills while exploring the Zoo. SS, S
 
 
x
 
 
Zoo Careers
Could you work at the Zoo? S, T, L
 
 
 
 
x
Zoo Sleuth
Reveal animal facts by solving puzzles with rhymes and numbers. M, L
 
 
x
 
 

 

School Events

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Schools can Register Online for Admission and Education Programs.

Questions? Email registrars@cincinnatizoo.org or to register over the phone contact

the Education Department at (513) 559-7767

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!

2014 Wild Discover Zones

Wild Discover Zone
Location
Zone 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.