Dates and start times vary, according to your scheduling needs and our availability. Programs are offered year round, seven days a week. All classes are 45 minutes in length except Back to Nature which is one hour.
In this hour-long program students become scientists as they use their senses to explore and play in nature. Through observation of live zoo animals and wildlife in their own schoolyards, and age-appropriate instructor modeling and guided questioning techniques, students build their comfort and confidence in nature by making observations, asking questions, and experimenting. Instructors bring tools to encourage discovery, and outdoor weather gear to facilitate nature enjoyment in all seasons! This program works best when there is access to an outdoor/nature play area, and access to an empty (no students) indoor, lockable space/room will be needed for safe keeping of program resources when students are outside during zoo programming.
Learn how and why animals move in different ways through role-playing exercises. Meet and touch live small animals that move in various ways.
Discover the distinction between vertebrate and invertebrate animals by observing and interacting with live animals and biofacts. Learn the defining characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
Discover all organisms need the same components of a habitat in order to survive: food, water, shelter and space. With the use of live animals, photos, and biofacts, learn how animals meet these basic needs in a variety of habitats from around the world.
Learn about and characterize the life cycles of a variety of animals, including insects, birds, and amphibians. Explore stations with a variety of animal specimens to investigate and gather information.
Explore the reptilian science of snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians. Participate in a variety of exciting activities as we venture through the scaly world of reptiles.
Learn how structures and systems can help animals survive in the wild, and turn a classmate into an adaptive animal.
Discover the threats endangered species face, and work in teams to devise creative solutions to help save wildlife.
Practice emerging Spanish language skills through learning how to identify and describe rainforest animals and layers in Spanish (vocabulary may also be related to numbers, colors, geography and weather).
Ever wonder what it is like to work at Denver Zoo? Students will learn about different careers such as veterinarians, nutritionists, educators, and animal trainers at Denver Zoo and experience the advantages and challenges of working with wild animals.
Become a naturalist by developing drawing skills and a scientific eye for detail through observations of live animal models. Discover connections between art and science through wildlife study. Teachers must provide art supplies.