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Denver Zoo Career Panel for Teens
Wednesday
April 23, 2014
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Career Panel - Zoo Career Exploration for Teens

Ages 11 - 17

Have you wondered what it’s like to work at a zoo?  Check out the new Career Panel program for middle and high school students interested in participating in a career exploration at Denver Zoo in a more intimate setting.  Learn more about what working in a zoo is all about by connecting with individual zookeepers and other staff as you find out more about their day to day tasks and their career path.  Engage in question and answer sessions and meet one of our charismatic animal stars. Each date will offer a similar experience but a new mix of speakers.

Stay overnight at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure at Denver Zoo.
Friday
April 25, 2014 to April 26, 2014
1:45pm - 1:45pm

Cub Scout Bunk with the Beasts - Africa’s Pride

Ages 6 - 14

Cub Scouts, do you dare to sleep on the wild side at a Denver Zoo Bunk with the Beasts adventure? Scout Bunks feature all of the fun and adventure of other Bunks but are designed with activities, tours and crafts that meet badge or achievement requirements. The theme of this Cub Scouts Bunk with the BeastsAt this Bunk is Africa's Pride. Scouts will stay overnight in Denver Zoo’s onsite Gates Education Center.  

Stay overnight at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure at Denver Zoo.
Saturday
April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014
6:00pm - 10:00am
Sold Out

Daisy Girl Scout Bunk with the Beasts - Three Cheers for Animals

Ages 5 - 7

Have a sleepover at Denver Zoo at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Scout Bunks feature all of the fun and adventure of other Bunks but are designed with activities, tours and crafts that meet badge or achievement requirements. At this Bunk, Daisy Girl Scouts participate in our 3 Cheers for Animals program and stay overnight in Denver Zoo’s onsite Gates Education Center.  

Stay overnight at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure at Denver Zoo.
Saturday
May 10, 2014 to May 11, 2014
6:00pm - 10:00am

Junior Girl Scout Bunk with the Beasts – Animal Habitats

Ages 9 - 11

Have a sleepover at Denver Zoo at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Scout Bunks feature all of the fun and adventure of other Bunks but are designed with activities, tours and crafts that meet badge or achievement requirements. At this Bunk, Junior Girl Scouts will learn about Animal Habitats and stay overnight in Denver Zoo’s onsite Gates Education Center.  

Stay overnight at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure at Denver Zoo.
Saturday
May 17, 2014 to May 18, 2014
2:00pm - 2:00pm

Brownie Girl Scout Bunk with the Beasts - Senses

Ages 7 - 9

Have a sleepover at Denver Zoo at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Scout Bunks feature all of the fun and adventure of other Bunks but are designed with activities, tours and crafts that meet badge or achievement requirements. At this Bunk, Brownie Girl Scouts will earn their Senses Badge and stay overnight in Denver Zoo’s onsite Gates Education Center. 

Brownie Girl Scouts are invited to stay overnight at a Denver Zoo Bunk with the Beasts program.
Friday
May 23, 2014 to May 24, 2014
6:00pm - 10:00am

Brownie Girl Scout Bunk with the Beasts – Pets

Ages 7 - 9

Have a sleepover at Denver Zoo at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Scout Bunks feature all of the fun and adventure of other Bunks but are designed with activities, tours and crafts that meet badge or achievement requirements. At this Bunk, Brownie Girl Scouts will earn their “Pets” badge and stay overnight in Denver Zoo’s onsite Gates Education Center.  

Stay overnight at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure at Denver Zoo.
Saturday
May 24, 2014 to May 25, 2014
6:00pm - 10:30am

Family Bunk with the Beasts - It's a Jungle Out There

Ages 6 & Up

Bunk with the Beasts is an overnight learning adventure at the Denver Zoo, designed to provide bonding time, shared projects and special zoo experiences to create family memories that will last a lifetime. In this Bunk, put on your adventurer’s hat and gear up for a journey deep into the heart of the jungle!  Explore a tropical rainforest while you look for animals that scurry along the forest floor, rumble through the understory or climb to the canopy.  Discover how these lush environments factor into our daily lives, and what you can do to help protect them and the amazing animals that live there.

Stay overnight at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure at Denver Zoo.
Saturday
May 31, 2014 to June 1, 2014
6:30am - 10:00am

Group Bunk with the Beasts - Africa: Predator vs. Prey

Ages 6 - 11

Have a sleepover at Denver Zoo at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Group Bunks feature all of the fun and adventure of other Bunks and are designed with activities, tours and crafts. At this Bunk, your zoo safari will bring you face to face with predator and prey! Discover their adaptations for tracking the herd or escaping the hunt. Prowl with the pride and run with the pack as you view lions, wild dogs, banded mongoose and other residents of the majestic African savanna.

Classes

denver zoo advanced inquiry program aip master's degree
Ongoing Program

Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP)

Get Your Master’s Degree at Denver Zoo

Graduate Students

Denver Zoo and Miami University in Ohio are excited to bring an opportunity for working professionals who are passionate about conservation to earn their master’s degree in the zoo and conservation setting. AIP Master's students practice the skills of investigation, critical reflection, leadership, and collaboration required to effectively address vital issues.

denver zoo career discovery day
Ongoing Program

Career Discovery Day

Ages 11 - 17

From zookeepers to animal trainers, veterinarians and exhibit designers, the wide variety of possible zoo and animal careers are highlighted at our annual Career Discovery Day held each October! We kick off the event with a special career themed assembly that features animal stars. Participants meet zoo professionals during scheduled demonstrations, participate in special tours and get to delve deeper at the Career Breakout sessions. This comprehensive experience gives teens a chance to explore careers in a fun, fast paced environment!

Ongoing Program

Career Resources

Information about Animal-Related Careers

Want to learn more about animal-related careers?  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) below for detailed information about careers working with animals. 

Keeper Interviews

Because Denver Zoo is flooded each year with keeper interview requests for students, we have conducted and recorded some keeper interviews ourselves.  CWathc vidoes to learn what it would be like to follow the career path of a zookeeper!

Keeper Experience (Job Shadowing)

Looking for a more hands-on experience as a zookeeper?

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Ongoing Program

Community Leadership Program (CLP)

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 3 - 6

Service-learning in a box! Denver Zoo’s Community Leadership Program (CLP) facilitates environmental service-learning opportunities for 3rd-6th grades, engaging students in community projects that contribute to wildlife conservation.  Teachers can choose from three programs: Water Warriors, For the Birds, and Beneficial Bats.  Denver Zoo staff facilitates two lessons (one live animal program, one project-day lesson), and supplies supplemental teacher-led lessons (Colorado Academic Standards aligned) and materials designed to provide students with the background knowledge and guidance necessary to have a successful service-learning experience!

Ongoing Program

Community Leadership Program (CLP): Water and Sustainability

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 9 - 12

This special program is limited to schools located in the Denver Water service area, and includes field trips to Denver Zoo and Denver Water. Empower your students to become engaged citizens and environmental stewards by incorporating a better understanding of water and its role in a sustainable lifestyle through service learning.  Denver Zoo and Denver Water staff facilitate eight lessons (including two field trips), and provide ongoing teacher and student support to guide students through the development of their own community project.  Additionally, teachers will receive supplemental lesson plans (Colorado Academic Standards aligned) and materials in order to provide students with the background knowledge and guidance necessary to create a successful service- learning experience! 

Ongoing Program

Community Leadership Program (CLP): Water Stewards

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 9 - 12

Empower your students to become engaged citizens and environmental stewards by incorporating a better understanding of water and its role in a sustainable lifestyle through service learning.  Denver Zoo staff facilitate two lessons (one with live animals, one project-based) and provide ongoing teacher support in guiding students through the development of their own community project.  Additionally, teachers will receive supplemental lesson plans (Colorado Academic Standards aligned) and materials in order to provide students with the background knowledge and guidance necessary to create a successful service- learning experience! 

 

denver zoo fairs festivals booths
Ongoing Program

Denver Zoo Booth for Fairs, Festivals and Events and More

We Bring the Zoo to You!

All Ages

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for all ages that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world. The zoo can set up a booth presenting Denver Zoo animals, bio-facts (such as skins and bones) and/or promotional materials.

Ongoing Program

Discovery Loan Boxes

Learning and fun, packed into one!

Grades K - 6

Boxes are designed for teachers to enhance their classroom curriculum. Various topics available; all include materials such as puppets, skins and skulls, videos, resource and picture books, games, scientific equipment for experiments, and curriculum guides to help facilitate activity and lesson plans.

Early childhood program for children to learn about animals and connect with nature.
Ongoing Program

Early Explorer Expeditions - Animal Action

Ages 2 - 4 with adult 

In this four-part series, children will explore, play and pretend as they discover different ways animals move. Learn through play the animal way! These highly interactive, nature play based programs foster deep and meaningful connections with animals and inspire children to explore the natural world.  

Early childhood program for children to learn about animals and connect with nature.
Ongoing Program

Early Explorer Expeditions - Colors of Nature

Ages 2 - 4 with adult

Join us for this four-part series where participants will explore the world of colors in their own surroundings and discover the magic of color with experiements and color mixing in the Early Explorer Expedition: Colors of Nature series. These highly interactive, nature play based programs foster deep and meaningful connections with animals and inspire children to explore the natural world.  

Early childhood program for children to learn about animals and connect with nature.
Ongoing Program

Early Explorer Expeditions - Discovering Senses

Ages 2 - 4 with adult

Join us as we discover how other animals use those senses in similar and different ways in the Early Explorer Expedition Discovering Senses series. These highly interactive, nature play based programs foster deep and meaningful connections with animals and inspire children to explore the natural world.  

Early childhood program for children to learn about animals and connect with nature.
Ongoing Program

Early Explorer Expeditions - Here We Grow

Ages 2 - 4 with adult

Join us as we discover how animals grown and change and how they can be very similar or very different from themselves in Denver Zoo's Early Explorer Expedition: Here We Grow series. These highly interactive, nature play based programs foster deep and meaningful connections with animals and inspire children to explore the natural world.  

denver zoo outreach bring the zoo to you after school
Ongoing Program

Enrichment and After School Classes

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades K - 6th

Do you have a large or mixed-age group but still want the hands-on components of our classes? Check out our Enrichment and Afterschool Programs that incorporate 2-3 live animals, activities, and touchable biofacts to make for an unforgettable experience.

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for ages 3 and up that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

Explore Denver Zoo with your children during a Family Explorer Expeditions class.
Ongoing Program

Family Explorer Expeditions – Colors of Nature

Ages 8 and under with adult

Join us as we discover the rainbow of color that is all around us in this Family Explorer Expedition program for families with children ages 8 and under. Children will improve their observational skills as we help them to identify the world of colors in their own surroundings, match colors they know to living things, and discover the magic of color with experiments and color mixing. 

denver zoo field trip assembly ad-on
Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Assembly: Animal Expeditions

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 1 - 3

An immersive experience that includes a close encounter with a live animal geared towards our younger audiences!

Animal Expeditions

Come face to face with exciting live animals with amazing adaptations.
Travel to different geographical biomes around the world to visit grasslands, rainforests, deserts, wetlands, and temperate forests.

denver zoo field trip career workshop
Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Career Workshop

Enrich Your Experience

Inspire your students with a once-in-a-lifetime look into the life of a zoo professional. Get a close look into the life of zoo keepers and veterinarians, and more! These hands-on programs are the perfect way to inspire a group of future animal scientists. All topics include hands-on activities, live animal demonstrations, guided zoo tours and thought-provoking discussions about animal-related careers.

 

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour - A Sustainable World: From Denver Zoo to You

Enrich Your Experience

6th Grade and up

Learn more about Denver Zoo’s sustainability efforts on a two-hour guided tour featuring some of the zoo’s most significant contributions to making the world a better place. Participants will learn about energy and water conservation, innovation with waste-to-energy technology, local sourcing and more! Through the tour and hands-on activities participants will learn about the importance of sustainability and be inspired to live in harmony with nature in their own homes. 

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Animal Adaptations

Enrich Your Experience

1st Grade

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Animal Diversity

Enrich Your Experience

4th & 5th Grade

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Animals of Africa

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 1 - 5

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Caring for Life Cycles

Enrich Your Experience

3rd Grade

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Ecosystem Connections

Enrich Your Experience

4th Grade

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Endangered Species

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 6 - 12

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Habitats

Enrich Your Experience

2nd Grade

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Primates

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 6 - 12

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Tropical Discovery

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 1 - 5

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Please Note: We are sold out for Guided Tours in the month of April.

denver zoo field trip mini-class
Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Mini-Class: Animal Tales

Enrich Your Experience

Grades Pre-K - 1st

An immersive experience that includes a close encounter with a live animal geared towards our younger audiences!

Animal Tales

Listen to fun and engaging stories about our animal friends.
Meet two live animals from these stories.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Mini-Class: Creature Feature

Enrich Your Experience

Grades Pre-K - 1st

An immersive experience that includes a close encounter with a live animal geared towards our younger audiences!

Creature Feature 

Meet live animals up close!
Compare and contrast animals such as amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals, or reptiles.
Zoo representatives will share information about the animal's classification, habitat, and special adaptations.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: All in the Animal Family

Enrich Your Experience

1st Grade

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

All in the Animal Family

Learn about a diversity of animal families, from large family groups to animals that are on their own from the day they are born.
Using interactive and imaginative activities as well as live animals, explore how animals have adapted to care for their babies under different circumstances.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Amazing Adaptations

Enrich Your Experience

1st & 2nd Grade

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Amazing Adaptations

By meeting live animals and turning a classmate into an adaptive animal, learn how adaptations help animals survive in the wild.
Explore the difference between physical and behavioral adaptations.
Work in teams at interactive stations to further investigate animal adaptations.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Animal Characteristics

Enrich Your Experience

Kindergarten

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Animal Characteristics

Discover the distinction between vertebrate and invertebrate animals by observing and interacting with live animals and biofacts.
Learn the defining characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Animal Senses

Enrich Your Experience

Pre-K

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Animal Senses

With imaginative and interactive activities as well as live animals and biofacts, discover how the five senses help animals to survive and meet their needs.
Compare human senses to those of animals.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Habitats Around the World

ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE

2nd Grade

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Habitats Around the World

Discover that all organisms need the same components of a habitat in order to survive: food, water, shelter, and space.
With the use of live animals, photos, and biofacts, learn how animals meet these basic needs in a variety of habitats from around the world.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Learning about Life Cycles

Enrich Your Experience

3rd Grade

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Learning About Lifecycles

Learn about and characterize the life cycles of a variety of animals, including insects, birds, and amphibians.
Explore stations with a variety of animal specimens to investigate and gather information.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Movin' & Groovin'

Enrich Your Experience

Pre-K

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Movin’ & Groovin

Learn how and why animals move in different ways through role-playing exercises.
Meet and touch live small animals that walk, crawl, slither, and hop.
Listen to an ed-zoo-cational story about how animals meet their basic needs.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Skullology: Structures for Survival

Enrich Your Experience

Greades 5 - 7

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Skullology: Structures for Survival 

Identify and compare the structures of various skulls to determine their functions for individual species.
Understand how scientists use inquiry skills to identify consumer categories (herbivore, carnivore, insectivore, omnivore) based on dentition.
Using scientific practices, observe skulls, collect data, and use dichotomous keys to identify a variety of animals based on their skulls.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Web Of Life

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 4 - 6

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Web of Life 

Where does all energy come from on earth, and how is it passed down through the web of life? Explore terms such as producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, and scavenger in a food pyramid activity.
Learn about predator and prey adaptations through biofact exploration and live animal encounters.
Become part of a rainforest food chain, understand how energy is passed, and learn how living things are connected through food webs.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: A Trek Through the Tropics

Enrich Your Experience

4th Grade

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

A Trek through the Tropics 

Investigate how Asian tropical ecosystems are similar to and different from other ecosystems around the world, including those in Colorado.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: Amazing Animals

Enrich Your Experience

Pre K - Kindergarten

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

Amazing Animals

Explore the characteristics of animals as we compare and contrast the animals of Toyota Elephant Passage.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: Animal Connections

Enrich Your Experience

Grades K - 1

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

Animal Connections

Discover how people connect with animals, here and around the world.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: Animals Around the World

Enrich Your Experience

3rd Grade

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

Animals Around the World

Journey through tropical Asia, as you discover how animals influence culture and contribute to a region’s uniqueness.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: Healthy Human, Healthy Animal

Enrich Your Experience

5th Grade

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

Healthy Human, Healthy Animal 

Compare the management of healthy human body systems with the management of healthy animal 
body systems.

Ongoing Program

Immersion Programs

IMMERSION PROGRAMS

Grades 6 - 12

Immersion programs provide a unique view of the zoo in a special multi-contact experience. Our goal is to connect students to their local community, inspire action and awareness, and to empower students to participate in international projects. Students will work in small groups to learn about an endangered animal that Denver Zoo is working to conserve, and then with the use of zoo props, use their new found knowledge and inspire guests to help save their species!

This program is highly customizable so please contact the Logistics Specialist at 720-337-1408 for more information.

denver zoo outreach assemblies bring the zoo to you
Ongoing Program

Outreach Assemblies

We Bring the Zoo to You!

All Ages

Denver Zoo offers exciting and dynamic assemblies that take large groups of students in all grades on an educational safari around the world! Zoo educators will engage your students with interactive and fun activities and, of course, amazing live animals. A variety of programs are available for all ages 3 and up that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

 

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: All in the Animal Family

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades K - 1st

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

All in the Animal Family 

Learn about a diversity of animal families, from large family groups to animals that are on their own from the day they are born.
Using interactive and imaginative activities as well as live animals, explore how animals have adapted to care for their babies under different circumstances.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Animal Discovery

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades K – 2nd

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Animal Discovery 

Discover the distinction between vertebrate and invertebrate animals by observing and interacting with live animals and biofacts.
Learn the defining characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Animal Senses

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 3 – Grade K

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Animal Senses

With imaginative and interactive activities as well as live animals and biofacts, discover how senses help animals to survive and meet their needs.

Compare human senses to those of animals.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Animals in Art

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 1 - 12, and Adults

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Animals in Art

The zoo will bring two live animals to use as models for visual art projects. Learn fun facts about animals as Zoo instructors link science and art concepts. Teachers must provide art instruction and art supplies.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Characteristics of Survival

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 3rd - 5th

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Characteristics of Survival 

By meeting live animals and turning a classmate into an adaptive animal, learn how structures and systems can help animals survive in the wild.
Explore characteristics of different animals.
Work in teams at interactive stations to further investigate animal characteristics.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Colorado Alive

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 3rd - 5th

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Colorado Alive

Meet Colorado wildlife and perform hands-on investigations with horns, antlers, skulls, skins and more.
Explore the interactions of living and nonliving components in Colorado’s environments.
Discover the importance of adaptations for life in Colorado’s plains, mountains, and cities.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Colorado Vivo

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 5 - 12

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Colorado Vivo

Learn how to identify and describe Colorado animals and ecosystems in Español (vocabulary may also be related to numbers, colors and weather).
Comprehend cognates and vocabulary through live animal demonstrations, an interactive PowerPoint presentation, touchable biofacts and worksheets.
Practice speaking Spanish by means of repetition (for early learners) and/or conversation (for advanced learners).
Collaborate with Zoo educators to accommodate all levels of Spanish language learning.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Do You See What I See

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 3 – Grade K

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Do You See What I See

Investigate the patterns, colors and shapes in nature and how animals use them to survive.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Endangered!

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 6 - 8

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Endangered!

Understand the concepts of endangered species and the terms endangered, threatened and extinct
Through activities and live animal encounters, understand why some animals are in danger of extinction. 
Use inquiry skills in an investigation to decide which animals are most important to save in a race to protect biodiversity.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Explorando la Selva Tropical

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 5 - 12

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Explorando la Selva Tropical 

Learn how to identify and describe rainforest animals and layers in Español (vocabulary may also be related to numbers, colors, geography and weather).
Comprehend cognates and vocabulary through live animal demonstrations, an interactive PowerPoint presentation, touchable biofacts and worksheets.
Practice speaking Spanish by means of repetition (for early learners) and/or conversation (for advanced learners).
Collaborate with Zoo educators to accommodate all levels of Spanish language learning.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Habitats Around the World

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 1st & 2nd

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Habitats Around the World 

Discover that all organisms need the same components of a habitat in order to survive: food, water, shelter and space. 
With the use of live animals, photos, and biofacts, learn how animals meet these basic needs in a variety of habitats from around the world.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Happy Habitats

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 3 – Grade K

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Happy Habitats 

Follow the adventures of one of our animal friends who leaves the forest to explore city life.
Learn about what animals need to survive in their habitats.
Compare the needs of living things to our own needs.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Lifecycles: Changing and Growing

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 1 - 3

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Lifecycles: Changing and Growing 

Learn about and characterize the life cycles of a variety of animals, including insects, birds, and amphibians.
Explore stations with a variety of animal specimens to investigate and gather information.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Movin’ & Groovin’

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 3 – Grade K

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Movin’ & Groovin

Learn how and why animals move in different ways through role-playing exercises.
Meet and touch live small animals that move in various ways.
Listen to a fun and engaging story about how animals move.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Raptors Revealed

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 3 - 5

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Raptors Revealed

Dissect owl pellets in a hands-on lab to scientifically explore raptor diets.
Meet an incredible live bird of prey.
Discover the adaptive tools raptors have to be successful predators in their environment.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Remarkable Reptiles

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 1 - 5

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Remarkable Reptiles 

Explore the reptilian science of live snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians.
Participate in a variety of exciting activities as we venture through the scaly world of reptiles.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Skullology: Science of Skulls

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 6 - 8

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Skullology: Science of Skulls

Identify and compare the structures of various skulls to determine their functions for individual species.
Understand how scientists use inquiry skills to identify consumer categories (herbivore, carnivore, insectivore, omnivore) based on dentition.
Using scientific practices, observe skulls, collect data, and use dichotomous keys to identify a variety of animals based on their skulls.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Web of Life

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 4 - 6

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Web of Life

Where does all energy come from on earth, and how is it passed down through the web of life? Explore terms such as producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, and scavenger in a food pyramid activity.
Learn about predator and prey adaptations through biofact exploration and live animal encounters.
Become part of a rainforest food chain, understand how energy is passed, and learn how living things are connected through food webs.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Workin’ on the Wild Side

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 6 - 12

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Workin’ on the Wild Side

A career based, enriching experience for your future graduates! Explore different Zoo careers; including Husbandry, Veterinary, Nutrition, Conservation and Exhibit Design. Discover different tools needed to be successful at Zoo positions.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Mini-Class: Animal Tales

WE BRING THE ZOO TO YOU!

Looking for a shorter, 30 minute program designed to best meet the needs of your audience?  Mini-classes are taught by Denver Zoo volunteers who use live animals and biofacts in unique ways to engage young and old alike. 

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for ages 3 and up that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

Animal Tales

Grades Pre-K - 1
30 minute program

Listen to fun and engaging stories about our animal friends. Meet two live animals from these stories. Teachers must provide art instruction components prior to or during this program, as well as any materials needed for the project.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Mini-Class: Creature Feature

WE BRING THE ZOO TO YOU!

Looking for a shorter, 30 minute program designed to best meet the needs of your audience?  Mini-classes are taught by Denver Zoo volunteers who use live animals and biofacts in unique ways to engage young and old alike. 

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for ages 3 and up that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

Creature Feature

All Ages
30 minute program 

Critters Creature Feature:
Meet two live animals up close! Compare and contrast animals such as amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals, or reptiles. Zoo representatives will share information about the animal's classification, habitat and special adaptations.

Mammals Creature Feature:
Meet two live mammals up close! Zoo representatives will share information about the animal's classification, habitat and special adaptations.

Reptiles Creature Feature:
Meet two live reptiles up close! Zoo representatives will share information about the animal's classification, habitat and special adaptations.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Senior Safari

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Seniors

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for all ages that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

Live touchable animals, incredible bio-facts and dynamic presenters create one-of-a-kind experiences for the senior community.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Speakers Bureau

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 11 - Adult

Denver Zoo volunteers will bring an informative and engaging Power Point presentation to your organization.  Each presentation is designed to give you a glimpse into life at the Zoo! Providing a wildlife education resource to teens and adults, and sharing the mission of the Denver Zoo with the community.

Ongoing Program

Play-Based Itineraries for Children

Denver Zoo and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development have partnered to create visit itineraries that encourage learning through play. With these itineraries, families with children ages one to six-years-old can explore the zoo through a new lens, discovering play-based activities in 6 different areas of the zoo.

denver zoo red apple scholarship fund
Ongoing Program

Red Apple Scholarship Fund

Denver Zoo’s Scholarship Fund For Lifelong Learning

The Red Apple Scholarship Fund makes it possible for all individuals -- no matter their economic circumstances -- to discover the wonders of animals through participation in Denver Zoo education programs. The fund provides access to conservation education for Colorado and Wyoming schools, individuals, groups and families and assures that Colorado’s residents of all ages, from preschool through senior citizens, are able to enjoy and learn more about the living world and the conservation of animals and the environment through Denver Zoo’s extensive education programs.

Support Denver Zoo’s Red Apple Scholarship Fund

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Ongoing Program

Self Guided Field Trips

Visit Denver Zoo at your own pace!

A trip to the zoo offers life science learning experiences year-round with a variety of programs – including animal feedings and demonstrations – included in your admission.

SOLD OUT

The following dates for field trips are SOLD OUT:

  • Friday, May 2
  • Friday, May 9
  • Thursday, May 15
  • Friday, May 16
  • Thursday, May 22

Important Forms and Resources:

Make plans to sign your child up for the summer camp they will remember forever! Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have them trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Summer Safari

Make plans to sign your child up for the summer camp they will remember forever! Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have them trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.

Summer Safari is a fun-filled educational experience for animal lovers from Pre-K (minimum of 4 years old) through eighth grade.  Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Summer Safari registration will be unavailable on Monday, April 7 from 6AM – 3PM due to maintenance and updating.

 

 

Ongoing Program

Summer Safari Advanced Camp: My Future, My Zoo

8th Grade
July 7-11 Only

Do you dream of one day working in a zoo? There are a plethora of opportunities, but where do you begin? Not only will this camp help you learn about career options at the zoo, but you will get to meet the people who do those jobs everyday!  Shadow our teen volunteers and learn the important first steps in working in this field. Participate in hands on, authentic and fun activities that allow you to see what it is really like to work at the zoo. Interact with zoo keepers, veterinarians, conservation biologists, horticulturists and educators who together are helping to secure a better world for animals through human understanding.

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little one trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Did you know Denver Zoo helps animals all over the world?  Our polar bears, elephants and lions are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild that need our help.  Spend a week immersed in the world of wildlife science as you practice the same innovative methods our conservation biologists use to investigate and study the animals we are dedicated to saving. This camp is designed for students who will be in the 8th Grade in the fall and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early and late pickup are available.

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little ones trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Summer Safari Camp: Animal Olympics

2nd and 3rd Grade

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little one trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Just as the Olympic Games bring people from many countries together to compete, our Animal Olympics will compare the amazing adaptations animals use to survive in ecosystems around the globe.  In our good-natured competition, we’ll examine the environments where these animals live, and why some animals thrive, other animals survive, and some animals just can’t compete. This camp designed for 2nd and 3rd Grade children and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early and late pickup are available. 

*ALL DATES SOLD OUT*

 

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little ones trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Summer Safari Camp: Explorer's Adventure

2nd and 3rd Grade

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little one trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Join us on a world safari to visit different cultures and explore their connection with animals.  In some places animals are important symbols, in others they help people get work done, and all across the globe people view different animals as companions.  Discover how helping protect animals is a global concern that people around the world share.  This camp designed for 2nd and 3rd Grade children and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early and late pickup are available. 

* Please Note: All of these camps are SOLD OUT *

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little ones trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Summer Safari Camp: Happy, Healthy World

Pre-K (must be at least 4 years old)

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little one trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Just like kids, animals have things they need to be healthy and happy.  Are animals’ needs different around the world?  What about kids’?  Discover how Denver Zoo animals stay healthy and happy, and how both animals and people around the world are alike in what they need and enjoy. In this camp designed for Pre-K children is available either in either a morning or afternoon session.

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little ones trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Summer Safari Camp: My Animal Planet

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little one trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Is a monkey more like an elephant or an eagle?  Is a python more like an alligator or a frog? What would YOU need to be more like a turtle?  Put yourself in the shoes of a scientist as we explore how animals all over the world are sorted into groups.  Compare mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects to find out how our animal planet is not so big after all! This camp designed for Kindergarten and 1st Grade children is available in either a morning or afternoon session. 

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little ones trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Summer Safari Camp: My Wild Home

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little one trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Travel from plains to mountains, rainforest to ocean, and pole to pole to encounter the diverse places that animals and people call home.  Discover where kids from other cultures live, learn and play, and how you are connected to the animals who share these far away homes.  This camp designed for Kindergarten and 1st Grade children is available in either a morning or afternoon session. 

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little ones trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Summer Safari Camp: Way to Grow

Pre-K (must be at least 4 years old)

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little one trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Animals grow in so many ways! From the time little ones hatch or are born they learn to live and develop- sometimes with family members and sometimes all on their own.  Watch, wonder, and play as we explore the fascinating life cycles of animals around the world, and compare them to our own. In this camp designed for Pre-K children is available either in either a morning or afternoon session. 

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little ones trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Summer Safari Camp: Wild About Conservation

6th through 8th Grade

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little one trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Did you know Denver Zoo helps animals all over the world?  Our polar bears, elephants and lions are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild that need our help.  Spend a week immersed in the world of wildlife science as you practice the same innovative methods our conservation biologists use to investigate and study the animals we are dedicated to saving. This camp is designed for students who will be in the 6th through 8th Grade in the fall and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early and late pickup are available. 

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little ones trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Summer Safari Camp: World Wildlife Investigators

4th and 5th Grade

Summer Safari is a week-long day-camp program that will have your little one trekking from Colorado to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Asia all in one week, without ever leaving Denver! Campers will connect with animals and cultures from around the world through exploration of Denver Zoo. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects and more.

Ever wonder why animals from all over the world look so different?  Put on your detective hat, conduct your own experiments and explore the zoo as we aim to uncover The Great Biodiversity Mystery.  As you unravel the case, you’ll meet creatures across the globe while exploring their connection to each other, and to you!  This camp is designed for 4th and 5th Grade kids and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early and late pickup are available. 

Ongoing Program

Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units

Denver Zoo has created a Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Curriculum featuring eleven grade-specific discovery units for preschool through fifth grade. Each grade level offers a standards-aligned life science unit, and some grades also offer a standards-aligned social studies unit.

Inside each unit:

  • Before-visit, at-the-zoo and after-visit activities and lessons rooted in Colorado Academic Standards
  • An interdisciplinary final project that builds upon previous activities 
  • Grade-specific chaperone guides in English and Spanish
  • Zoo videos related to lessons
  • Orientation videos for teachers and students
  • Easy-to-print resources and student activity pages
  • Related book lists and web links
  • Suggested at-the-zoo classes, outreach programs and loan boxes to supplement students’ learning experiences
Ongoing Program

Young Scientists

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

Young Scientists is a multi-contact standards-based program that introduces students to the field of ethology (the study of animal behavior) and exhibit design through inquiry-based learning. 

Young Scientists guides students to develop ideal immersion animal enclosures, using many of the methods that field biologists and exhibit designers currently use with a hands-on, real-life application.  By directly observing and understanding animal behavior and adaptation, students put their classroom skills to use in meaningful ways while learning the process of scientific inquiry, analysis and reporting.    

This program aligns with the Colorado Academic Standards, Colorado Common Core Content Standards, and National Generation Science & Engineering Practices. 

Ongoing Program

Zoo Crew - Teen Volunteer Program

Ages 13 - 18

If you are passionate about animals, you enjoy working with kids, and have ever wanted to know what a zookeeper's day is like, Denver Zoo's Teen Volunteer Program, Zoo Crew, might be the place for you! Zoo Crew runs primarily in the summer months (June-August), and supports a variety of areas around the zoo. We do not offer one-time volunteer or community service opportunities for school or court appointed teens.

Zoo Crew Login

Ongoing Program

Zoo Keeper Experience

EXPLORE LIFE AS A ZOOKEEPER AT DENVER ZOO

Bring your enthusiasm for animals and your interest in learning about zoo keeping with you for this unique Denver Zookeeper Experience! Participants will meet a zookeeper from our education animal division and begin the day with behind the scenes tours. After the tour, participants will try their hand at zookeeper responsibilities by participating in two or more of the following activities:

  • Preparing animal diets

  • Helping to weigh and care for animals

  • Taking part in animal training

  • Assisting with animal demonstrations or shows

  • And of course, everyone’s favorite - cleaning!

Ongoing Program

Zoo Lab: Animal Behavior & Adaptations

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Animal Behavior & Adaptations Lab

Examine the relationship between adaptation and behavior through animal observations
Become an ethologist for a day as you work in small groups to investigate the behavior of one of our animal ambassadors.

Ongoing Program

Zoo Lab: Poop to Power

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Poop to Power

Let the zoo be your laboratory as you explore the science of sustainable energy and learn about Denver Zoo’s sustainable efforts.
Use science & engineering practices to design, construct and test mini-gasification reactors in this 3 hour program highlighting how trash becomes energetic treasure in our newest exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage.

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Comparative Anatomy and Evolution

Enrich Your Experience

9th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Comparative Anatomy and Evolution

Meet two live animals with common ancestors
Use your cranium, plus some science practices, to analyze animal skulls to make conclusions about evolution.

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Genetics and Natural Selection

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Genetics and Natural Selection

Take a glimpse into why genetics play an important role in zoo’s Species Survival Plans while managing an imaginary zoo
Unearth the role of natural selection on predator and prey species.

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Tools of the Training Trade

Enrich Your Experience

9th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Veterinary Health and Nutrition

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Zoo Vocation Exploration

Enrich Your Experience

9th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

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