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Outreach Class: Web of Life

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Grades 4 - 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.

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.



Web of Life
Colorado Academic Standards

CAS 4th Grade Life Science 2.3: There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and non-living components of systems.                                                               CAS 6th Grade Life Science 2.2: Organisms interact with each other and their environment in various ways that create a flow of energy and cycling of matter in an ecosystem.


At your facility

Consecutive classes should take place in the same location.

Classes should take place indoors unless discussed with Outreach Logistics Specialist.


Maximum of 30 participants per class.

Bilingual classes may be available upon request.

All participants in preschool classes MUST be at least 3 years old.


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


High Season (Mar-May, Oct-Dec) $180/first class, $100 for each additional consecutive class. Low Season (Jan-Feb, June-Sep) $150/first class, $100 for each additional consecutive class. (Max of 4 classes/day).

Within SCFD-2 minimum consecutive class programs are required. If you are not able to do 2 classes, travel fees will apply. Those fees are:

0-20 miles from Zoo ($15); 21-40 miles from Zoo ($35)

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


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
    • At least 1 large table (6-8 feet preferred)
    • An adult representative in the room during the program
    • Some classes have additional requirements, such as extra tables or space.
    • No other activities during both setup and presentation
    • No food or drink
    • No other animals
  • Presenter will arrive 15-30 minutes prior to setup.
  • Due to the nature of live animals, Denver Zoo Outreach cannot guarantee which animals are at any class.
  • Animals used in classes may eat nuts; be aware of ALLERGIES.
  • If you have more than the maximum numbers of participants at your Denver Zoo Outreach class you will be charged for another class. You may request adding a class but Denver Zoo’s ability to present an additional class is not guaranteed due to the availability of instructors and animals.
  • Classes 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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