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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.





  • At your facility
  • Consecutive assemblies should take place in the same location.
  • Assemblies should take place indoors unless discussed with Outreach Logistics Specialist.


  • Groups up to 250 participants
  • Grades K-Adult, mixed age audiences
  • Bilingual classes may be available upon request.
  • We recommend that if you hold multiple assemblies you separate kids by ages, younger grades at one session and older at the other.


Dates and start times vary, according to your scheduling needs and our availability. Offered year round, seven days a week. 


45 minutes/program


High Season (Mar-May, Oct-Dec) $400/first assembly, $175 for each additional consecutive assembly.

Low Season (Jan-Feb, June-Sep) $350/first assembly, $150 for each additional consecutive assembly. (Max of 3 assemblies/day).

Within SCFD-1 minimum assembly is okay.

  • Scholarships are available: Learn more about Denver Zoo’s Scholarship Fund.
  • Layover fees apply to breaks exceeding 60 minutes between assemblies.
  • Travel fees apply to locations outside of SCFD boundaries.



While programs below only align with standards at certain grade levels, the program content and activities are age appropriate for the grade range displayed for that program.

Animal Expeditions

(Grades K-Adult)
CAS 2nd Grade Life Science 2.1 Organisms depend on their habitat’s nonliving parts to satisfy their needs
CAS 4th Grade Life Science 2.3 There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of ecosystems.

  • Travel to different geographical biomes around the world to visit grasslands, rainforests, deserts, wetlands and temperate forests.
  • Come face to face with exciting live animals and learn all about how their adaptations help them survive in these different habitats.

Wild Wonders

(Grades K - Adult)
CAS 1st Grade Life Science 2.2: An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive.
CAS 2nd Grade Life Science 2.2: Each plant or animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions
CAS 4th Grade Life Science 2.1 All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified. 
CAS 5th Grade Life Science 2.1 All organisms have structures and systems with separate functions

  • Highlight the secrets of animal survival with exciting live animals and their amazing adaptations.
  • Compare ecosystem “specialists” who are ideally suited to a specific environment and animal “generalists” who can thrive just about anywhere!
  • Discover different animal habitats, survival strategies, conservation information and other fun facts.

Classifying Critters

CAS Kindergarten Life Science 2.1: Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics.
CAS 4th Grade Life Science 2.1: All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have difference that can be described and classified.

  • Join Denver Zoo as they explore the fascinating world of the Animal Kingdom! Participants will help Denver Zoo staff classify their critters through observations of unique characteristics that allow scientist to place animals into groups.

Things to Know

  • Please register at least TWO weeks in advance. Requested dates are not guaranteed until confirmed  by Denver Zoo. For more information call 720-337-1488; or email
  • Denver Zoo Outreach room requirements:
    • Ground level or elevator access.
    • An unloading and parking area close to the program location, with access for a rolling cart
    • 2 large tables (8 feet preferred).
    • At least 2 adult representatives present during program.
    • No other activities during both setup and presentation
    • No food or drink
    • No other animals
  • Presenter will arrive 15-30 minutes prior to setup.
  • Assemblies start at reservation time. Please plan accordingly for participants to arrive at presentation location.
  • Due to the nature of live animals, Denver Zoo Outreach cannot guarantee which animals are at any program.
  • Animals used in assemblies may eat nuts; be aware of ALLERGIES.
  • 250 max participants. If you have more than the maximum numbers of participants at your Denver Zoo Outreach assembly you will be charged for another assembly. You may request adding an assembly but Denver Zoo’s ability to present an additional assembly is not guaranteed due to the availability of instructors and animals.
  • Assemblies canceled or rescheduled with less than two weeks notice before the scheduled program date will be charged 50% of the total cost. Rescheduling will be accommodated to the best of our ability.  Denver Zoo Scholarship awards funds do not apply to any cancellation fees.



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