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Over 450,000 youth have benefited from Denver Zoo scholarships with over $2,000,000 in awards to families and schools who would otherwise be unable to experience Zoo programs.
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  • Camps: Two weeks before registration opens
  • Mini Camps: Two weeks before registration opens
  • Self-Guided Field Trips: Three weeks prior to anticipated visits September- March

Please check with the program you are applying for in case of any special deadlines


  • There is no cost to apply.
  • The scholarship does not award 100% of program or transportation costs.
  • Scholarships are not guaranteed.
  • Denver Zoo has a limited amount of scholarship funds available each year. Once all scholarships have been allocated, programs and recipients may be deferred to the following year when renewed funds are available.
  • Scholarships will only be awarded for one week of Summer Safari camp per child.

Program Information

Qualify for Denver Zoo Scholarship Fund

Please note: In order to qualify for a scholarship, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Denver Zoo reserves the right to ask for supporting documentation as part of the registration process.
  • Public Schools – if the federal free and reduced lunch ratio published by the Colorado Department of Education is at or above 40%.
  • Private and Independent Schools – if the percentage of students on scholarship is at or above 40%.
  • Individuals or families – Primary basis for Scholarship Awards to Individuals/Families is the participation in government assistance programs and the household income level.
  • Non-profit Community Organizations – utilizes federal funding support, or if a local community organization’s audience includes children from particular schools, those schools’ percentages of free/reduced meal participants may be used. Such organizations may include libraries, recreation centers, and after-school organizations.

What can Scholarship be used for?

  • Youth Education Programs – Programs hosted at Denver Zoo including classes, assemblies, workshops, guided tours, camps, career programs, and Bunk with the Beasts overnight programs.
  • Outreach Education Programs – Programs held off zoo grounds including school programs, assemblies, after-school programs, senior citizen programs, Zoo Science Series, and service learning programs. Outreach programs take place at schools and other community venues, including senior centers, nursing homes, libraries, and daycares.
  • Self-Guided Field Trips - School Groups visiting September - March. Please note: Scholarship is not available April-August.
  • Transportation Fees - To Denver Zoo or your location (if outside of SCFD counties), to partake in education programs.

Help Support Denver Zoo Scholarships

  • Our community benefits when people become excited about education and conservation. Families benefit by sharing learning experiences and spending time together in a dynamic environment.
  • Support Denver Zoo Scholarship Fund
  • Corporations or foundations that wish to support Denver Zoo's Scholarship Fund please email


Apply for Scholarship during on-line program registration.