Bring the entire family to the Zoo and learn about your favorite animal or exhibit. Hands-on activities and guided tours will be a part of your family discovery. Of course no program would be complete without an animal encounter and behind-the-scenes tour.
Programs are 90 minutes long and take place on Zoo grounds, so dress for the weather.
Cost: $15 per person (Zoo members $10 per person)
Time: 9 - 10:30 a.m. (meet at Zoo front gate)
Program fee includes admission to the Zoo and The RainForest.
We are unable to accommodate walk-ups for these programs. Please register in advance.
2013 Program Topics
May 19, Exotic Veterinary Care
How do we care for over 600 different types of animals? It takes team work and an excellent veterinary care staff. Become an honorary member of that team and learn about exotic veterinary at the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine.
June 2, Jambo Means Hello
Take a trip on the wild side. Learn about the different characteristics of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds on this safari through Africa.
June 22, ‘Mazing Marsupials
There are some strange and interesting animals out there and marsupials are one of them. Learn about their ‘mazing adaptations and get to meet some of the most recognized ones.
July 14, 17, 23, 25, Dynamic Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs! have returned to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! Join us as we compare these extinct creatures to creatures of the 21st century. It will be a dynamic time!
August 7, African Elephant Crossing
What does it take to care for an animal weighing 13,000 pounds? Come learn about African elephants and their life in the wild and at the Zoo.
August 18, 20, Bear Differences
Join us as we learn all about bears! Are they all the same? Do they all hibernate? What makes them so remarkable? All this and more as we explore the differences between bear species.
September 8, Animal Enrichment
It is important to enrich the lives of our animals every day by providing ways to keep them active and interested in their environment. Come and find out how daily enrichment encourages the wild side of the Zoo's animal residents.
September 22, Wolves
Explore the wonderful world of wolves and discover the many ways in which they survive and communicate. It will be a howlin' good time!
October 13, 19, Creepy Crawlers
Help celebrate a spooky kooky Halloween season. Join us as we explore some of the Zoo's creepy crawler residents and learn what makes them so frighteningly cool.
November 3, "O" is for Orangutan and Otter
Orangutans and Otters aren’t the Only Outstanding animals. Come explore the other RainForest residents that make us say O’ boy!
November 24, Rhino 'Riffic
The rhinoceros is a powerful and impressive animal. Learn what makes them so Rhino 'Riffic as we explore the characteristics of this endangered species.
December 1, Fur, Feather and Scales
Discover the characteristics of four different groups of animals: mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. This adventure is "classified" as fun!
December 14, Reindeer Games
Winter is a busy season for reindeer! Join us to learn about their adaptations and discuss some of the facts and fairytales that surround them.