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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.



This tour is available for participants in the 6th grade and up and may be scheduled for school groups, non-profits or other interested organizations. Tour group size must be between 10 and 30 people. All student groups must have one adult chaperone per 10 students. A maximum of two additional adults may join each group. Other adults are invited to enjoy the zoo on their own and meet up with the group after the tour finishes.


Monday through Friday, September through April only


This program is unique in that we will offer staff led 30 min extension tours that can be booked in conjunction with A Sustainable World: From Denver Zoo to You tour. The pricing for those is included below as well as a short description. To book an extension participants will have to indicate which extension they would like in the notes section of registration.


Pricing per person


School Groups 6th-12th

College Groups

Non-Profit Groups

Other Groups

A Sustainable World: From Denver Zoo to You

$7 (September-February)

$8 (March-April)




30 min extension tour






In addition to the standard two-hour tour, groups are invited to purchase an extension option featuring one of the following topics.:

  • Commissary – Learn more about what we feed our animals and how we store food for the 4,000 animals that live at Denver Zoo.
  • Vermacompost – Dig into the world of worms and see firsthand how Denver Zoo uses worm composting to convert organic materials into nutrient rich humus. Your group will learn about how managing organic waste in this way can reduce green house gas emissions.

If you are interested in a tour extension please let us know when you book your tour by including the topic in the notes section when you register for the A Sustainable World tour.


A minimum of 10 students are required to take part in a tour. All groups are required to have one adult chaperone per 10 students. A maximum of two adults may join a tour group; we ask that additional adults enjoy the zoo on their own and meet up with the school group after the tour finishes.



Any education program(s) that needs to be changed after being scheduled are subject to the following fees:

Reschedule Fee:
•Less than 14 business days from your scheduled program date - $25.00 transfer fee AND 50% of total program cost
•More than 14 business days from your scheduled program date - $25.00 transfer fee

Cancellation Fee:
•Less than 14 business days from your scheduled program date - 50% of total program cost
•More than 14 business days from your scheduled program date - No fee

*PLEASE NOTE: Denver Zoo Scholarship Funds cannot be applied to cancellation fees or transfer fees.

Please contact to cancel or reschedule a program at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit.  We will try to find another date that works well for you and the zoo.  Please note: we cannot guarantee that rescheduling will be possible.



Compliance with Chaperone Policy is required to remain eligible for Discounted School Group Rates.

1. To remain eligible for discounted School Group pricing, every school group visiting Denver Zoo must have at least one adult per ten students, regardless of the students’ ages.  Schools who do not bring at least one adult per ten students will be charged the full admission price upon check-in.

2. If you bring more than the required one teacher/chaperone for every ten students, please be advised that there is a maximum ratio of one teacher/chaperone for every five students that may attend any scheduled programs.  See table below for example requirements.

3. Special needs providers are admitted free. Teachers and School Staff are admitted at no charge.  Other Chaperones are charged at the discounted rate of $5.00 each. 

4. We accept ONE payment for the entire group.

5. All chaperones must enter the zoo at the same time as the group. Late arrivals will be required to pay full admission or use their zoo memberships.

6.   Adults bringing additional children (including infants) on the day of the visit are not considered chaperones and must pay full admission or use their memberships.  Additional children are subject to full admission.

7.  No additional children are permitted to attend educational programs.  Please advise adults with additional children to enjoy the zoo on their own until the education program is over.

Any students found to be unaccompanied by a chaperone will be held with Security until a teacher or chaperone can be located.  The Denver Zoo Education Department will also contact the school.  The school may face future zoo visit limitations.

ALL Chaperones, must:

A. Be at least 21 years old

B. Stay with their assigned group AT ALL TIMES, regardless of students’ ages.  Students are not allowed to “check in” intermittently with teachers/chaperones while at the Denver Zoo. This ensures the safety of students, other visitors and the animals.

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Minimum No. of Chaperones


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*For larger groups of students, please apply the same ratio of 1 per 10 minimum, 2 per 10 maximum.

Only students in your class and the above maximum number of chaperones are allowed in the Education Program.  Chaperones above the maximum number may enjoy the zoo on their own during your Education Program and rejoin your group afterward. 

  • One adult per 10 students is REQUIRED for all groups (ECE-Grade 12).
  • School staff are admitted for free with staff ID.
  • One adult per special needs student is admitted free.
  • Adult chaperones paid for as part of the school group payment (single form of payment; one transaction for entire group) receive discounted admission rate of $5 each. Adults paying separately must pay full admission prices (Nov-Feb $13/March-Oct $17) or use their membership card.
  • Additional adults and children entering the zoo before or after the school group must pay full admission price when they arrive, or they may use their membership for themselves only.
  • Chaperones must be at least 21 years old.
  • Chaperones must stay with their assigned group at all times.
  • Adults bringing younger siblings/babies in strollers are welcome but may NOT be counted as chaperones and must pay full admission prices or use their Memberships. Extra children are subject to full admission prices.


Member adults chaperoning a field trip can enter through the Membership window with their Membership card and appropriate identification Member adults bringing additional children or younger siblings are not considered Field Trip chaperones and cannot be counted toward the 1:10 required ratio. Member students attending the trip cannot use their zoo membership for field trips and will need to pay the same fees as their classmates.


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