After School Enrichment

Denver Zoo offers unique experiences for youth enrolled in programs outside of the normal school day. These experiences are ideal for youth enrolled in extended day or afterschool programs, summer camps, and community center or library programming. We work with larger group sizes, mixed ages, and incorporate active learning and live animals in all of our programming.
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Dates & Times

Offered year round, seven days a week. Dates and times vary, according to your scheduling needs and our availability. Each lesson is 1 hour in length.

Cost

  • Within SCFD: $180/first program, $100 for each additional consecutive program.
  • Outside of SCFD: Minimum of two programs must be booked- $345/two programs, $100 for each additional consecutive program.

ACCESS TO AWE SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships available, apply during registration. More information on Access to Awe Scholarships can be found here.

Program Information

The Great Mountain Mystery

Grades K – 1st

Investigate a “crime scene” and analyze evidence to determine which animal stole the mountain animals’ winter food stash. Compare tracks and skulls to learn about the diversity of mountain wildlife.

Adapt That!

Grades 2nd – 3rd

Use scientific observation to compare the adaptations of two live animals to draw conclusions about their natural habitats. Learn the differences between physical and behavioral adaptations with a catchy rap!

Snap N Graph

Grades 4th – 5th

Get empowered to help animals in our local community! Engage in one of Denver Zoo’s Field Conservation citizen science projects, and analyze real images from wildlife camera traps along I-70. Meet an animal impacted by the I-70 mountain corridor, and discover innovations that help people and wildlife coexist.

Registration

  • Please register on-line. If you have any registration questions, please call720-337-1468; or email outreach@denverzoo.org.
  • Requested dates are not guaranteed until confirmed by Denver Zoo.
  • Register at least THREE weeks in advance of first desired programming date.
  • Payment is required at least THREE weeks in advance of first programming date.
  • Maximum of 30 participants per program. If you have more than this, you will be charged for another program.
  • Minimum of 3 years of age for all participants in Enrichment and Afterschool programs
  • Layovers of over 1 hour between consecutive programs are not permitted.
  • Consecutive programs must take place in the same location.
  • Programs canceled or rescheduled with less than three weeks notice before the scheduled program date will be charged 50% of the total cost.  Denver Zoo Scholarship Funds do not apply to any cancellation fees.

Additional Information

Due to the nature of live animals, Denver Zoo Outreach cannot guarantee which animals are at any program.
Animals in programs may eat nuts.  Be aware of allergies.

Denver Zoo Outreach space 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.
  • Programs should take place indoors unless otherwise discussed with the Logistics Specialist.