Dates and start times vary according to your scheduling needs and our availability. Offered year round, seven days a week. Each lesson is 1 hour in length.
Programs are not offered outside of SCFD.
Participants conquer fears, build confidence, and learn to empathize with animals as they become nature scientists who use their senses and science tools to explore zoo animals and wildlife in their own communities. Denver Zoo instructors will come prepared with various science tools that will help students discover nature in their own neighborhoods, animal costumes to encourage role play, and outdoor weather gear to take kids outside in any season!
Participants become Junior Field Scientists-in-Training and travel across the world to learn and practice field science skills to discover new information about animals, just like Denver Zoo field researchers. Learning extends into everyday life, as participants are challenged to use science tools to make discoveries at home.
Participants develop observation skills, participate in a Citizen Science project, help the zoo analyze wildlife that crosses over the I-70 corridor, and work together to engineer a solution to safely get animals across I-70.
Participants explore biofacts, live animals, and books to identify animal adaptations and classify animals into different groups. They will use what they have learned to become detectives and determine which animals have recently visited their classroom!
Participants learn how to be scientists by identifying adaptations, and exploring how these adaptations help animals survive. They will experiment with eyesight to learn how animals see differently from us, create camouflage for an animal, differentiate between learned and inherited characteristics, use an ethogram to record animal behavior, and use all of this information to design an exhibit for an animal at the zoo.
Participants learn how to be scientists by observing animals and sorting them into different groups based on their adaptations. Through hands-on activities, experiments, and problem-solving, participants will compare and contrast animal characteristics, and learn what truly makes each animal class unique.
Due to the nature of live animals, Denver Zoo Outreach cannot guarantee which animals are at any program. Animals in programs may eat nuts. Be aware of allergies.