See our recorded virtual Field trip and live Summer Virtual Programs below!

In-person programs are permanently suspended. If you had a cancelled program in 2020, please see our Virtual Programs or Field Trips.

Virtual Field Trips

Experience the Zoo in a whole new way! Virtual Field Trips allow you to choose your adventure from a selection of grade-specific topics.

Each program package comes with themed videos of our Zoo animal residents in their habitats and a corresponding standards-based worksheet for your students to complete.

Register for Virtual Field Trips


Dates: 1 week access, Saturday-Friday. You pick date
Time: self-guided, self-paced.
Cost: $25 per topic
Note: All programs are prerecorded. Teachers will be sent password protected link to a Dropbox folder with videos and worksheet. Videos are not downloadable. Teachers may either watch with students in person, share a screen with remote students, or share link with students for self-paced activity.

Color the Rainbow Find out how animals use color to survive.

Ani-Moves Observe how animals are adapted to use movement
Color the Rainbow Find out how animals use color to survive.

Handy Primates Use observation and inquiry to learn about primate handedness.

Animal Stereotypes Identify stereotypes associate with specific types of animals and the impact those stereotypes may have.
Investigating Enrichment Explore enrichment and understand its importance in animal care excellence.

Summer Wild Chats

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

Request Your Program


Date/Time: Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-6:00pm. You choose the date and start time.
Cost: $150 per program
Payment: Credit card, check, purchase order; due within two weeks of registering.

Program Length: 45 minutes
Program Capacity: 30 participants per program
Audience: after school and school summer programs, commercial preschools/daycares, scout groups, recreation centers, nursing homes/senior centers, libraries, church groups/vacation bible school.

Note: Please note that submitting this request does not guarantee that the date and time you have requested will be fulfilled. A member of the Education Department will be in contact with you in 2-5 days of your request to confirm your date and time or to suggest another date and time.

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions below.


My B.F.Fiona (all ages): 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.

Zoo Careers (6th grade and above): 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 from the list provided to be spotlighted during your program. Choose from: Animal Care Staff, Veterinarian, Horticulturist, IT Specialist, Aquatics/Dive Safety Officer, or Graphic Designer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Payment Policies

  • Full payment is required within two weeks after program is booked, 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.