Saturday, October 29 | Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Join us for the 5th Annual Family Education Day on Saturday, October 29 as we venture Into the Wild: Charting Unfamiliar Territory Together. This event is a unique educational opportunity for families of children and adults impacted by congenital heart disease.

Registration Update

Registration for Family Education Day is currently full. Please complete the waitlist process on the registration page for adults, cardiac children and siblings. As we receive cancellations, we will contact those on the waitlist.

> Waitlist

New this year: Family Education Day is FREE and will take place at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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.