Animal Demonstrations for Schools

Imagine the thrill of touching live animals! That is exactly what students are encouraged to do as part of their Animal Demonstration. 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!

 Register Online  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

Who can participate?
  • Preschool- 8th grade
  • Minimum group size required is 8 students.
  • We can accommodate 30 students per classroom up to 6 classes per day.
When are Animal Demonstrations available?

  • Monday-Friday, September-May starting at 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m., and/or 12:30 p.m.
  • 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 Animal Demonstrations? 
  • Free with School Admission!
Where do Animal Demonstrations take place?
  • In the Harold C. Schott Education Center classrooms.

What topics are available?

Topic

Grade

Description

Fur, Feathers, Scales 

PreK-2

Younger students  learn how to determine  if animals are mammals, birds or reptiles based on body coverings. 

Adaptations

PreK-2,  3- 5

Adaptable for younger or older students, this program introduces several unique live animals and explores their adaptations related to survival. 

 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. 

 Living Dinosaurs

 3-5

Discover ancient adaptations and relationships that today’s animals have in common with dinosaurs.

*NEW* Species Survival

6-8

Discover how plants and animals (including humans) interact with their environment, and each other, to survive.