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.

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
Swan LakeBetween Gibbon Island and WetlandsIt is easy to observe wildlife all around us including our own backyards, parks, and green spaces. One of the most observable groups of animals around us is birds, and we can identify them by their unique features such as feathers.
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.
Africa!Located all around the exhibit spacePeople and wildlife live together in coexistence on the African Savannah.
CREW (Conservation and Research of Endangered WildlifeBetween the black and Indian rhino exhibitsCREW is a leading conservation research center based at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden that created Signature Conservation Projects as a way to focus efforts and resources where it can have the most significant impact on wildlife conservation.
Pollination StationAcross from entrance to World of the InsectThe process of pollination is essential to plant reproduction, the health of an ecosystem and to people as well.

Zoo Animal Encounters

Download the Spring Zoo Animal Encounters Schedule