Bring the Wonders of the World to your Classroom!

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Individual classrooms can experience fun, enriching and interactive learning experiences with live animal encounters. All programs are based on academic standards with pre and post activities available below!

Schools must be within a 30 mile driving distance of the Zoo and the cost is $40/ classroom. Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the program. 

Because individual contact with the animals is an important part of this program, presentations are available only to individual classrooms of 30students or less.

Be sure to schedule programs well in advance as dates fill quickly. We schedule many programs for schools across the tri-state. Check in with the teachers at your school and see if a Frisch’s Program is already scheduled for your location. We are happy to do multiple programs in one day.

To cancel or reschedule a Frisch’s Outreach program you must contact us at least 30 days prior to the program. Last minute cancellations will result in a $40 cancellation fee. If you must cancel or change your outreach program please Click Here> or call 513-559-7767 option 5.

Registrations accepted year round. Programs fill quickly so register early.

Questions or to register contact Frisch’s Outreach at (513) 475-6152 or email frischs.outreach@cincinnatizoo.org

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Who can participate?
  • Preschool*- 12th grade
  • Schools which are located within a 30-mile driving distance from the Zoo.
  • Because of the interactive nature of our program, we can accommodate no more than 30 students per group.
When are Frisch’s Outreach Programs available?
  • Monday- Friday, September- May, during regular school hours.
How much are Frisch’s Outreach Programs?
  • $40.00 per individual classroom of 30 students or less.
  • Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the program. One total payment per program required. Individual checks per student will not be accepted.
  • Last minute cancellations will result in a $40 cancellation fee.

What topics are available?

*Pre-K is for 3-5 year olds only.

TopicDescription
Animals A to ZSee how animals and the alphabet come together for a FUN-etically silly time!
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Animal SensesEnter the world of the animals by listening, touching, smelling, and seeing. Find out how our five sensational senses compare to those of our animal friends!
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Habitat, Sweet HabitatEverybody needs a home! Explore different habitats while finding out how they meet animals’ needs for survival in Ohio and other ecosystems.
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Look, Count, Find Out!Inquiry isn’t just for the big kids anymore! Join in on the fun of discovering how the scientific process can help answer your questions!
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Marvelous Me! Traits That Make Animals Great!Look carefully at animals to see how they compare with one another. What makes each and every one so MARVELOUS!
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Movin’ and Groovin’Can you move like an armadillo? Can you groove like a snake? Why do animals move like they do?
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Ready, Set, GrowEverybody Ready? Everybody Set? Find out how different animals Grow up!
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Too Hot, Too ColdWhat do animals do if they get too hot or too cold? Discover different ways animals stay just right.
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What Did You Say?Can snakes speak? Can chickens chat? Animals communicate with each other and with us in many wild ways! Learn More >
Who’s Awake?I’m not sleepy now! Can you discover why animals choose to sleep at different times?
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Animal Essentials- Can’t Live Without YouWhat do animals really need to survive? Discover essential animal traits and must have requirements for survival!
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Extreme Degrees!What happens when temperatures get extreme? Explore animal responses to hot and cold conditions.
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HabitatsEverybody needs a home! Explore different habitats while finding out how they meet animals' needs for survival.
Note: Please request native species if desired when registering.
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Inquiry 101Begin your learning journey though Inquiry. Using your natural curiosity and the Process of Science you will observe, question, hypothesize, collect data, and share an exciting Inquiry experience with visiting Zoo animals.

*Three successive weekly sessions are required for this learning experience. Participants will also need to complete some Inquiry Tasks outside of the times the Zoo Instructor is present in the classroom.
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Pass It OnHow is energy passed through the food web? Find out how animals participate in the web of life!
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What Did You Say?Can snakes speak? Can chickens chat? Animals communicate with each other and with us in many wild ways!
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Wild ArtSketch a skink, sculpt a snake, paint a parrot! Partner with a Cincinnati Zoo instructor and create a masterpiece from a not-so "still life" observation. Through close examination and tactile encounters you can create Wild Art in your classroom with visiting Zoo animals as your subjects! We bring the zoo animals, you provide the art materials! Discover how wildly creative you are!
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Wild Writing!Pen a poem, a narrative, a persuasive essay, a letter, or a report after visiting with live Zoo animals in your classroom! Through close examination and tactile encounters you can enrich your writing experience.You determine the writing form, provide the writing materials, and then explore how to write wildly!
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TopicDescription
BiodiversityDiscover the unique and rich variety of life in our natural world. See how the differences in plants and animals work together in a healthy ecosystem.
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Animal EssentialsWhat do animals really need to survive? Discover the essential animal traits and the "must have" requirements for survival!
Learn More >
Inquiry 101Begin your learning journey though Inquiry. Using your natural curiosity and the Process of Science you will observe, question, hypothesize, collect data, and share an exciting Inquiry experience with visiting Zoo animals.

*Three successive weekly sessions are required for this learning experience. Participants will also need to complete some Inquiry Tasks outside of the times the Zoo Instructor is present in the classroom.
Session 1 Learn More >
Session 2 Learn More >
Session 3 Learn More >
Pass It OnHow is energy passed through the food web? Find out how animals participate in the web of life!
Learn More >
Wild ArtSketch a skink, draw a Dumeril's Ground Boa, sculpt a snake, paint a parrot! Partner with a Cincinnati Zoo instructor and create a masterpiece from a not-so "still life" observation. Through close examination and tactile encounters you can create Wild Art in your classroom with visiting Zoo animals as your subjects! We bring the zoo animals, you provide the art materials! Discover how wildly creative you are!
Learn More >
Wild Writing!Write wildly about wonderful Zoo animals! Pen a poem, a narrative, a persuasive essay, a letter, or a report after visiting with live Zoo animals in your classroom! Through close examination and tactile encounters with the animals you can enrich your writing experience. Partner with a Cincinnati Zoo Instructor and the Zoo animals for a Wild Writing experience! You determine the writing form, provide the writing materials, and then explore how to write wildly!
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TopicDescription
BiodiversityDiscover the unique and rich variety of life in our natural world. See how the differences in plants and animals work together in a healthy ecosystem.
Learn More >
What Do You Zoo?
Zoo Careers
This program investigates the different types of jobs it takes to run the zoo, from driving the train to caring for the animals.
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Wild Art!Sketch a skink, draw a Dumeril's Ground Boa, sculpt a snake, paint a parrot! Partner with a Cincinnati Zoo instructor and create a masterpiece from a not-so "still life" observation. Through close examination and tactile encounters you can create Wild Art in your classroom with visiting Zoo animals as your subjects! We bring the zoo animals, you provide the art materials! Discover how wildly creative you are!
Learn More >
Wild Writing!Write wildly about wonderful Zoo animals! Pen a poem, a narrative, a persuasive essay, a letter, or a report after visiting with live Zoo animals in your classroom! Through close examination and tactile encounters with the animals you can enrich your writing experience. Partner with a Cincinnati Zoo Instructor and the Zoo animals for a Wild Writing experience! You determine the writing form, provide the writing materials, and then explore how to write wildly!
Learn More >

*Note: If interested in other programs for 7th-12th grade, please contact Frisch’s Outreach directly at 513-559-7767 option 5

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Schools don’t forget there is nothing like a Field Trip to the Zoo or an overnight. Frisch’s Outreach programs make great pre-visit activities! Schedule one today.