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An adult in a grey jacket attaching a plastic tube to a maple tree as a child in a red coat and green hat holds a large white bucket under to catch maple sap.Maple Tapping and Tasting

Come and join us at the Zoo’s Bowyer Farm for a fun afternoon full of history, hands-on activities, and storytelling all about maple tapping! This program offers a sweet peek into the history of this age-old tradition and offers an opportunity to participate in the maple tapping process. At the end, participants will be able to taste the pre-cursor to maple syrup, fresh from the tree, as well as some of the finished product! This program is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Register Today!


Date: February 18, 2023
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Cost:  Members: $30/person, Non-Members: $35/person (children under 2yr free)

Note: One adult must register per group. Children under 2 years old do not need a ticket.  This is an outdoor program- dress warmly and with comfortable walking shoes to walk approximately 1-2 miles on uneven terrain.

Bowyer Farm is located at 2210 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040

three manatees swimmingFamily Night Hike: Hey Baby

Join us each season for a special night hike around the Zoo. And, of course, the Spring Season is for Zoo Babies! Join us on select nights to explore the different families we have at the Zoo. Participate in fun, educational activities, hike the zoo, and meet some of our animal ambassadors up-close and personal! All while learning about the current Zoo babies and fun families we have at the Zoo.

Registration Open Feb 5 8am


Dates: Saturdays, March 25, April 22, May 6, or May 20
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Cost: Members $20; Non-Members $25

Note: One adult must register per group. Children under 2 years old do not need a ticket. Registration is per person.

Hurray for Mom

Many animals (including humans) have close relationships with their mothers.  From the gentle jaws of an alligator to the comfy pouch of a wallaby, come learn about our Zoo moms as we prepare to celebrate all moms on tomorrow’s holiday just for them.

Registration Open Feb 5 8am


Date: May 6, 2023
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Cost: Members $20/person; Non-Members $25/person

Note: One adult must register per group. Children under 2 years old do not need a ticket. Registration is per person.

Private Cart Tours

Imagine spending an evening at the Zoo, zipping around to your favorite destinations. This two-hour private tour will take you and five of your friends all around the Zoo choose-your-own-adventure style. Led by an experienced Zoo Educator, your group will learn all about the Zoo, its amazing animals, conservation projects, and more! Come ready to ask questions and get the inside scoop. 

You and your group will book out an entire cart. Carts can accommodate up to 6 passengers. Attendees must be at least 12 years old at the time of a program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

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Date/Time: Wednesdays – Saturdays, starting at 5:30pm
Cost: $550
Duration: 2 hours
Group Capacity: 6 person group, adults or groups with ages 12+. All groups must include one adult.

Mobility: For those with mobility concerns, cart tours may be the ideal way to learn about our Zoo! Please note there may be times when your party will need to move on/off the cart and walk a short distance.

Note:  Submitting this request does not guarantee that the date and time you have requested will be fulfilled. The Education Department will be in contact with you within 2-5 days of your request to officially book your experience. Once you have booked an experience, you have secured your exclusive reservation. No refunds will be issued. Program may be rescheduled at no extra cost if rescheduled at least 48 hours in advance. This unique offering is not a behind-the-scenes tour. 

FAQs & Policies

Safety During COVID-19 & Mask Policy (*updated 1/24/23)

We are committed to continuing to inspire our guests every day!


  • Mask may be required for specific animal encounters. If needed, they will be provided.

Will I be grouped with other attendees?

Yes, your registration group will be with other registered attendees.

What should I bring for the program?

Attendees should wear comfortable, closed toed shoes and dress for the weather. A water bottle is recommended; we have water refill stations. Pack a mask for when needed during the program.

For programs at the Zoo, you will need the gate access code located in the confirmation email you received when you registered. You do not need to print your confirmation or tickets. For programs at Bowyer Farm, a number is included on the confirmation for you to call if you are running late.

What is your cancellation policy?

Programs cancelled by the registrant at least two weeks in advance of the program date may receive a refund. Refunds or credits are no longer available for programs cancelled by the registrant within two weeks of the program date.

Contact us at [email protected].

I have a gift certificate/class credit. How do I use it?

To use your gift certificate/credit, you will need the order number and certificate number. Go through your registration as normal. When you get to the final payment screen, just above where you enter your credit card information, check the box that asks if you’d like to use a gift certificate. Check the box, and enter your certificate/credit information.

Up to 6 certificate/credits can be used per order. If your credit is for less than the total balance, you will then enter your credit card information. If your credit has a remaining balance, that balance will remain on that same certificate/credit and can be used at any time- remember, they never expire!

Received a gift certificate or credit, but can’t find your email? Contact us at [email protected]

CALL OR EMAIL: 513-559-7730 OR [email protected]