Conservation Pathways

(Coming Soon!)

Denver Zoo Conservation Pathways guide students in the exploration of real world science through the lenses of animal health and wellbeing, wildlife conservation, sustainability, and Zoo careers.


Conservation Pathways will be launching during the 2019-2020 school year.  Check back for more information, or email Kristen Manning,, to be added to the email list for more information when available.


Information coming soon

Program Information

6th-12th grades

The Conservation Pathways suite of programs provide opportunities for students to

  • Connect with animals in ways beyond the typical zoo visit
  • Explore science and conservation issues impacting wildlife, at the Zoo and in the wild
  • Engage in scientific thinking, and use science and engineering practices
  • Explore science and engineering based careers in the zoo field
  • Connect with experts
  • Contribute to real science
  • Engage in conservation action

Each Conservation Pathway program focuses on a different topic, with learning experiences designed to develop effective, cognitive and behavioral outcomes leading students to strengthen their beliefs that they can do science, and can make a difference for wildlife.

Programs are modular, and can be scheduled as a single partial day experience, extended day experience, or series of program experiences over days or weeks.  Programs complement and build on each other, such that the deepest engagement, learning and skill development happens with continued experiences.

Each Conservation Pathway includes extended Zoo exploration with a Zoo facilitator, a behind the scenes component or exclusive animal interaction experience, and innovative use of educational technologies such as virtual reality or app-driven challenges and questions.


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.

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: Access to Awe Scholarship Funds cannot be applied to cancellation fees or transfer fees.