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Pawpaw Palooza

Join us out at the farm to hike, hear, pluck, and taste our way through the history and folklore of the largest native fruit in America—the pawpaw! Ohio’s state fruit is smooth like a mango with a tropical taste. From hikes in the pawpaw patch to tasting homemade pawpaw ice cream, bring the family out for a fun morning full of activity and storytelling! Then, we will help you prepare seeds for winter so that you can grow your own pawpaw tree next spring!

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Dates and Times: Saturday, September 17, 10am-12pm

Cost: $30 members/ $35 non-members (per person). Children under 2 years free

Note: This is an outdoor program- dress for the weather and with comfortable walking shoes to walk approximately .5-1.0 miles on uneven terrain. Participants may wish to bring a filled reusable water bottle.

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

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 4:30pm
Cost: Tour and Drinks: $600; Tour Only: $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.

Tour and Hops Beer Garden: This experience includes 2 drinks person at Hops Beer Garden (beer or soda).

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 3/9/22)

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


  • *Masks are required for all participants 3years and older and accompanying adults for our animal encounters involving mammals. Masks are optional during all other portions of the program. The instructor will communicate when it is necessary to wear masks.
  • We cannot confirm before class when mammals will be used, so please be prepared and bring a mask. Disposable masks will be available in the lobby.

*Please note that mask policies may change at any time and may vary by program/location and general admission.

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]