Saturday, October 29 | Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 5th Annual Family Education Day on Saturday, October 29 as we ventured Into the Wild: Charting Unfamiliar Territory Together. The event was a unique educational opportunity for families of children and adults impacted by congenital heart disease.

2016 Program

Family Education Day Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker: James Vogel

  • Team Leader of Manatee Springs, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Father of 16-year-old Son with Pulmonary Atresia, Tricuspid Stenosis and Arrhythmia

Family Education Day begins with registration and breakfast from 8-8:30 am. Following the closing remarks, you and your family are welcome to enjoy the Zoo until closing time at 5 pm.

Together we will explore unfamiliar territory of congenital heart disease within the four phases of transition:

Session 1:


  • Fetal and Newborn Screening

Session 2:

Home Life

  • Impact of CHD on Family
  • Vulnerable Child Syndrome

Session 3:


  • Scars and Body Image
  • CHD and Physical Activity
  • CHD and School

Session 4:


  • New Technologies for Adult CHD Patients
  • Panel of Adult CHD Survivors and their Parents

> Download the full agenda

Free onsite childcare and concurrent education program will be offered for children ages 1 to 13. Development opportunities will be available for teens over 14 years old.