Need Financial Assistance?

Qualifying schools may apply for free Zoo on the Move and Wild Chats programming. Visit the Living Classroom Education Access Fund for details.

Zoo on the Move

Zoo on the Move is a live, classroom-based, education program with a Zoo Educator. The Zoo Educator will lead your students through the program and bring 1-2 animal ambassadors to show that relate to the chosen topic.

Audience: Virtual Zoo on the Move is available for all school children (in school or remote learning) from preschool through 12th grade.
Program Length: 30 minutes
Program Capacity: 30 students per program, 4 programs a day
Program Cost: $80 per program

Dates: Mondays-Fridays; December 1st-May 21st.
Times: 9:45-10:15am, 10:30-11:00am, 11:15-11:45am, 1:00-1:30pm

Need a program after school or during the summer? See our Community Wild Chats.

Register Here!

PreK-12th Grade

Wild Art

Discover how wildly creative you are! We’ll bring the Zoo animals, you provide the art materials! A Cincinnati Zoo instructor and animal ambassador will be on hand to help provide the inspiration for you to create a masterpiece from a not-so “still life” subject. Be sure to bring your observation skills and your favorite art supplies along!

Wild Writing

Pen a poem, narrate a note, share a short story inspired by a visit with a Zoo animal ambassador. A Zoo instructor will provide information and fun facts about an animal visitor, your students provide their creative minds and writing materials of choice. The outcomes are sure to be wildly entertaining.

PreK-Kindergarten

Marvelous Me

Look carefully at animals to see how they compare with one another. What makes each and every one so MARVELOUS!

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!

Movin’ & Groovin’

Can you move like an armadillo? Can you groove like a snake? We’ll investigate why animals move like they do!

Habitat, Sweet Habitat

Everybody needs a home! Explore different habitats while finding out how they meet animals’ needs for survival.

1st-3rd Graders

Animal Essentials

What do animals really need to survive? Discover essential animal traits and must-have requirements for survival!

Animal Inquiry

Students learn how to ask introductory investigative questions about the world around them and conduct a simple experiment involving live animals.

Habitat, Sweet Habitat

Everybody needs a home! Explore different habitats while finding out how they meet animals’ needs for survival.

4th-6th Graders

Animal Essentials

What do animals really need to survive? Discover essential animal traits and must-have requirements for survival!

Animal Inquiry

Students learn how to ask introductory investigative questions about the world around them and conduct a simple experiment involving live animals.

Biodiversity

Discover 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.

7th-12th Graders

Biodiversity

Discover 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.

Wild Chats

Wild Chats are hosted live by an Zoo Educator and include pre-recorded interviews with staff from around the Zoo. Teachers will be contacted before the program by an Educator to gather student questions that can then be answered during the Wild Chat.

Audience: Wild Chats are available for all school children (in school or remote learning) from preschool through 12th grade.
Program Length: 45 minutes
Program Capacity: 30 students per program, 3 programs per day
Program Cost: $100 per program

Dates: Mondays-Fridays; December 1st-May 21st. No programs March 22nd-26th
Times: 9:45-10:30am, 11:00-11:45am, or 1:00-1:45pm

Need a program after school or during the summer? See our Community Wild Chats.

Register Here!

PreK-12th Grade

My B.F.F(iona)

Through videos with her and her care staff and live conversations and Q&A with the Zoo program host, participants will get an insider’s view into the world of this charismatic hippo.

6th-12th Grade

Zoo Careers

Through videos from different members of the Zoo team plus live conversation and Q&A with the Zoo program host, participants will get an insider’s view into some of the different kinds of careers it takes to run the world class Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden!

You will pick three zoo careers to be spotlighted during your program. Choose between: Animal Care Staff, Veterinarian, Horticulturist, IT Specialist, Aquatics/Dive Safety Officer, or Graphic Designer.

Zoo on the Move is proudly sponsored by

Frequently Asked Questions

Payment Policies

  • Full payment is required two weeks prior to your program, unless prepaid with credit card at time of booking.
  • If you are using a purchase order, a copy of the purchase order must be sent to [email protected] before the start of your program/s.
  • All checks sent to: Cincinnati Zoo Attn: Education 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220

What platform do you use for Virtual Programs?

The Cincinnati Zoo currently uses Zoom for all virtual programming. To ease day of operations, download the application to your computer and conduct a test call. Check out the tutorials created by Zoom for additional help.

Our group cannot access Zoom. What should we do?

If your group is not able to access Zoom, please contact the Education at [email protected] to discuss your options.

When will we receive our link for Virtual Programs?

The contact teacher will receive an email with a link to your Virtual Programs approximately 2-3 business days before the date of their program.

Can students participate from their own homes?

Approximately 2-3 business days, teachers will be provided with a link to their Virtual Programs. Teachers may provide this link to their students that will be learning remotely.

Will there be other schools in our time slot?

All programs are exclusive to the school that booked.

How many students can be registered per program?

Each program is limited to 30 registered students. If a class has more than 30 students, they must book multiple programs. Depending upon availability, those programs could be on the same day, or on different days. There is a fee per program.

What time zone are Virtual Programs in?

The Cincinnati Zoo is located in Cincinnati, OH in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (UTC -5). All program times are given in EST.

Where can we find the curriculum standards for our topics?

All Virtual Zoo on the Move programs are aligned with Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana state science standards. All curricula standards can be found on our website.

Will you be offering more topics?

The Zoo will be offering our most popular topics throughout the year and plan to debut new topics periodically throughout the school year. We hope to offer every grade band several program choices throughout the year, so groups can have multiple Virtual Program experiences.

How do I give feedback on our program?

The Cincinnati Zoo Education Department encourages all teachers to provide feedback on programs. All contact teachers will receive an email approximately 1 day after the program date. This email will provide a link to our website where teachers can fill out a survey. We encourage all participating teachers to offer feedback.

Is there any financial assistance for Virtual Programs?

The Cincinnati Zoo is proud to offer schools financial assistance for Virtual Programs through our Living Classroom Education Access Fund (LCEAF). The Living Classroom Education Access Fund (LCEAF) was launched in November 2012 to provide access to the Zoo and its nationally recognized education programming to under-resourced schools (public, private and parochial) in our service area.

To qualify for financial aid, schools must: 1) have a student population of at least 60% free and reduced lunch, 2) be from the tri-state service area, 3) agree to participate in a Zoo post assessment with students.

Funding for the Living Classroom Education Access Fund (LCEAF) is provided by The Helen G., Henry F. and Louise Tuechter Dornette Foundation, Ohio Department of Education, Time Warner Cable, Toyota, Duke Energy, The Ambassador Council of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, The John A. Schroth Family Foundation, PNC Trustee,  and the Sutphin Family Foundation.

Our group received financial assistance. What do we do after our program?

All groups that receive financial assistance are required to complete a post-assessment student survey. This post-assessment survey should be filled out by each student after the program has been conducted. These can be printed and filled out or submitted electronically by following the link that will be provided post-program.

CALL OR EMAIL: 513-559-7767 OR [email protected]

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