These two hour standards-based workshops capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in a variety of science topics and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Denver Zoo Workshops are sold out for Spring 2017, and will be on hiatus for the remainder of the year as we envision new programs for our middle and high school audiences.  We hope you will continue to explore the Zoo through a self-guided field trip (, or consider some of our other program options such as Immersion programs, Young Scientists (, A Sustainable World: from Denver Zoo to You tour ( , or Outreach (

Program Information

6th through 12th Grade

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper (6th – 12th Grade)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a zookeeper at Denver Zoo? Delve into the life of a zookeeper while you discover what is takes to keep all of the zoo’s diverse residents healthy and happy! Get an insider’s glimpse into zoo keeping while touring our education animal housing area and learning just how multifaceted a zookeeper’s day can be. How do the zoo keepers get the monkeys off the island at night time? Find out answers to these questions and more!

Genetics and Natural Selection (6th – 12th Grade)

Take a glimpse into why genetics play an important role in zoo’s Species Survival Plans while managing an imaginary zoo. Unearth the role of natural selection on predator and prey species.

Veterinary Health and Nutrition (6th – 12th Grade)

What does it take to provide veterinary care to over 3,500 of the zoo’s residents? Denver Zoo staff work together using knowledge, expertise, and technology to perform surgeries, care for sick or injured animals, and keep very precise records for all the wild residents here. In addition to providing the best care possible for animals, curators, zookeepers and veterinarians must design and provide incredibly specific diets in order to promote healing and prevent future illnesses! Come take a bite out of the world of veterinary care and nutrition and discover how our residents are kept in exceptional shape!


9th through 12th Grade

Climate Change: Polar Bears, Pikas, and People (9th – 12th Grade)

Follow the journey of two species to understand how a changing climate affects ecosystems both local and global and learn what Denver Zoo is doing to help. Track the path of polar bears across melting ice caps and learn more about Denver Zoo’s role as an Arctic Ambassador Center with partner organization Polar Bears International. Uncover the plight of the American Pika, a mountain species highly vulnerable to temperature and snow pack changes and discover more about the Rocky Mountain Pika Project. Learn what actions you can take to help combat climate change every day!

Comparative Anatomy and Evolution (9th – 12th Grade)

Meet two live animals with common ancestors. Use your cranium, plus some science practices, to analyze animal skulls to make conclusions about evolution.

Workin’ on the Wildside (9th – 12th Grade)

How does a carpenter help out the penguins? Take a walk on the wild side and see how many different people work together to create one awesome Denver Zoo! With thousands of animals to care for and millions of visitors each year, students will explore the many careers that keep Denver Zoo running efficiently and sustainably.  Students will be awed by the way Denver Zoo staff work together to secure a better world for animals through human understanding!


Additional Information

Reschedule and Cancellation Policy

Any education program(s) that need 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 schedule 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 contact to cancel or reschedule a program at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit. We cannot guarantee rescheduling will be possible.

* Please note: The Denver Zoo Scholarship Funds cannot be applied to cancellation fees or transer fees.

Chaperone Policy

Compliance with the chaperone policy is required to remain eligible for the discounted school group rates.

  • 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 price of admission.
  • Please be advised that there is a maximum ratio of one teacher/chaperone for every five students that may attend any scheduled programs.
  • 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.
  • We only accept ONE payment for the entire group.
  • All chaperones must enter the zoo at the same time as the group. Late arrivals will be required to pay the full price of admission or use their zoo memberships.