Dates and start times vary according to your scheduling needs and our availability. Offered year round, seven days a week. Each lesson is 75 minutes in length, though program times can be flexed to be 60-90 minutes in length depending on site needs.
Programs are not offered outside of SCFD.
Program cost varies by site according to number of students enrolled, availability of a site instructor to remain in the classroom with the students, number of lessons requested, amount of scholarship awarded, program type, and other factors that may affect program cost. Please contact email@example.com or 720-337-1634 to request a quote.
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.
In this series, youth engage with every fourth and fifth grader's favorite topic, animal poop! Youth drive the direction of their learning while investigating the phenomenon "Even though all animals - including me - poop, my neighborhood isn't covered in poop!" Using authentic learning materials, science tools, and science practices, they will explore nutrient cycles and waste's effect on animals in their local watershed. Throughout their investigations, youth will be asked to reflect on their resilience in the face of challenges, and commit to focusing on traits that scientists use every day (collaboration, curiosity, careful observations, etc.). Each week, investigations will involve a different live animal ambassador that connects to the question of the day.
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.