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Outreach Mini-Class: Animal Tales


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.





CAS Preschool Life Science 2.1 Living things have characteristics and basic needs.
CAS Kindergarten Life Science 2.1: Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics.
CAS 1st Grade Life Science 2.2: An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive.


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, including evenings (subject to availability).  


30 minutes/class


High Season (Mar-May, Oct-Dec) $130/first class, $75 for each additional consecutive class. Low Season (Jan-Feb, June-Sep) $115/first class, $75 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's Scholarship Fund awards funds do not apply to any cancellation fees.


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