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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 August - 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.

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 August - March. Please note: Scholarship is not available April-July.
  • 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.