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Classes & Camps matching your criteria

Ongoing Program

Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units

Denver Zoo has created a Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Curriculum featuring eleven grade-specific discovery units for preschool through fifth grade. Each grade level offers a standards-aligned life science unit, and some grades also offer a standards-aligned social studies unit.

Monday
October 20, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm

Safari Mini-Camps: Creepy Creatures

This mini-camp allows visitors to get close and personal with critters that creep and crawl. Explore strange animals with spooky habits, and visit cool creatures of the night in this pre-Halloween camp. This is a great alternative to sitting at home during those school holidays! Participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities. 

Tuesday
October 21, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm

Safari Mini-Camps: Jaws, Paws & Claws

 This camp demonstrates how powerful predators with jaws, paws and claws are often misunderstood. Meet these animal ‘beasties’ and see their not-so-scary side!  Wear your costume and celebrate with the wildest crowd around. This is a great alternative to sitting at home during those school holidays! Participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities.

Friday
October 31, 2014 to November 1, 2014
6:00pm - 10:00am

Family Bunk with the Beasts - Things That Go Bump

Families with children ages 6 and up

Gather in your family and get ready to brave the night…

With ghosts and goblins and winds that howl – Meet things that fly and things that prowl. Explore the Zoo in the moonlight, learn about creatures that go “bump” and become nocturnal, as you focus in on nighttime critters, with the help of special night vision scopes. Wear your costume as you discover fun facts about creepy, crawly, and cool animals that call Denver Zoo home. 

Stay overnight at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure at Denver Zoo.
Friday
November 7, 2014 to November 8, 2014
6:30pm - 10:00am

Group Bunk with the Beasts - Rainforest Wonders

Ages 6 - 11

Have a sleepover at Denver Zoo at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Group Bunks feature all of the fun and adventure of other Bunks and are designed with activities, tours and crafts.  In this bunk you will investigate the layers of the rain forest, as you travel from the forest floor up through the canopy. Learn about the amazing animals that inhabit dense tropical jungles, the interconnection of species, and how important conservation efforts are to these beautiful but fragile environments.

Saturday
November 8, 2014 to November 9, 2014
1:45pm - 1:45pm

Cub Scout Bunk with the Beasts - Africa’s Pride

Ages 6 - 14

Cub Scouts, do you dare to sleep on the wild side at a Denver Zoo Bunk with the Beasts adventure? Scout Bunks feature all of the fun and adventure of other Bunks but are designed with activities, tours and crafts that meet badge or achievement requirements. The theme of this Cub Scouts Bunk with the BeastsAt this Bunk is Africa's Pride. Scouts will stay overnight in Denver Zoo’s onsite Gates Education Center.  

Monday
November 10, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm

Safari Mini-Camps: Growing up Wild

 At Growing up Wild, you can get the inside scoop on some of the zoo’s most popular animal families, and discover how those cute and adorable babies grow up in the zoo and in the wild. It's a great alternative to sitting at home during those school holidays! Participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities.

Saturday
November 15, 2014 to November 16, 2014
6:30pm - 10:00am

Brownie Girl Scout Bunk with the Beasts - Senses

Ages 7 - 9

Have a sleepover at Denver Zoo at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Scout Bunks feature all of the fun and adventure of other Bunks but are designed with activities, tours and crafts that meet badge or achievement requirements. At this Bunk, Brownie Girl Scouts will earn their Senses Badge and stay overnight in Denver Zoo’s onsite Gates Education Center. 

Saturday
November 22, 2014 to November 23, 2014
6:00pm - 10:00am

Family Bunk with the Beasts - Wild Lights, Wild Winter

Families with children ages 6 and up

Join us for dinner and then experience the wonder of Zoo Lights as a family.  When you’re ready to warm up inside, we’ll be waiting with hot cocoa, fun crafts and activities that explore how wild animals adapt to winter habitats. Wake up to a warm breakfast and a before-hours private tour of the zoo. This bunk experience is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

Wednesday
November 26, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm

Safari Mini-Camps: Feasts for the Beasts

Learn how zoo animals celebrate the holidays: with food and fun, just like you! Act like a zookeeper and learn the tricks of the trade as you take a peek into Thanksgiving feasts for the beasts at Denver Zoo. This camp is a great alternative to sitting at home during those school holidays! Participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities. 

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Wednesday
December 17, 2014 to December 18, 2014
5:00pm - 10:00am

Family Bunk with the Beasts – Desserts with Santa

Ages 6-14 with adult

Do you believe? Bring your family for a night of holiday magic at this Bunk with the Beasts sleepover at Denver Zoo. Family Bunks are designed to include bonding experiences, shared projects and special zoo experience that will create memories to last a lifetime. At this Bunk, families with children ages 4 and up will delight in the wonder of Zoo Lights and share their wish list with Santa. 

Monday
December 22, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm

Snow Safari - Animal Stars: Under the Sea

Meet animal celebrities from popular kids’ movies as you tour the zoo on the lookout for our very own stars! Get “pawsome” autographs at up close encounters with featured creatures, watch their starring roles in favorite animated movies, and learn about the real-life habits of these admired animals.  Each camp day features a new movie and cast of critter characters. This is a great alternative to sitting at home during those school holidays! Participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities. 

Tuesday
December 23, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm

Snow Safari - Animal Stars: Island Adventure

Meet animal celebrities from popular kids’ movies as you tour the zoo on the lookout for our very own stars! Get “pawsome” autographs at up close encounters with featured creatures, watch their starring roles in favorite animated movies, and learn about the real-life habits of these admired animals.  Each camp day features a new movie and cast of critter characters. This is a great alternative to sitting at home during those school holidays! Participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities. 

Monday
December 29, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm

Snow Safari - Animal Stars: African Savanna

Meet animal celebrities from popular kids’ movies as you tour the zoo on the lookout for our very own stars! Get “pawsome” autographs at up close encounters with featured creatures, watch their starring roles in favorite animated movies, and learn about the real-life habits of these admired animals.  Each camp day features a new movie and cast of critter characters. This is a great alternative to sitting at home during those school holidays! Participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities. 

Tuesday
December 30, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm

Snow Safari - Animal Stars: Tropical Asia

Meet animal celebrities from popular kids’ movies as you tour the zoo on the lookout for our very own stars! Get “pawsome” autographs at up close encounters with featured creatures, watch their starring roles in favorite animated movies, and learn about the real-life habits of these admired animals.  Each camp day features a new movie and cast of critter characters. This is a great alternative to sitting at home during those school holidays! Participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities. 

Wednesday
December 31, 2014 to January 1, 2015
5:00pm - 10:00am

Kids-Only Bunk with the Beasts – Zoo Year’s Eve

Ages 6 - 14

Children are invited to celebrate the New Year with a sleepover at a Denver Zoo Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Kids will explore Zoo Lights, learn about animals and ring in the New Year in a safe and fun environment while their parents enjoy a night out. The evening includes pizza, an evening snack and a full breakfast in the morning after sleeping snuggly in Denver Zoo’s onsite Gates Education Center. 

 

Classes

denver zoo advanced inquiry program aip master's degree
Ongoing Program

Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP)

Get Your Master’s Degree at Denver Zoo

Graduate Students

Denver Zoo and Miami University in Ohio are excited to bring an opportunity for working professionals who are passionate about conservation to earn their master’s degree in the zoo and conservation setting. AIP Master's students practice the skills of investigation, critical reflection, leadership, and collaboration required to effectively address vital issues.

Stay overnight at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure at Denver Zoo.
Ongoing Program

Bunk with the Beasts Family CAMPOUT - Go Nocturnal

Families with children ages 6 and up

Bunk with the Beasts CampOUTS are a new overnight adventure, at Denver Zoo. You'll enjoy private tours of the Zoo after hours, a picnic dinner on zoo grounds, live animal encounters, campfire stories and treats, and conclude the evening by camping out underneath the stars in our special safari tents!

Ongoing Program

Career Resources

Information about Animal-Related Careers

Want to learn more about animal-related careers?  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) below for detailed information about careers working with animals. 

Keeper Interviews

Because Denver Zoo is flooded each year with keeper interview requests for students, we have conducted and recorded some keeper interviews ourselves.  Watch vidoes to learn what it would be like to follow the career path of a zookeeper!

Keeper Experience (Job Shadowing)

Looking for a more hands-on experience as a zookeeper?

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Ongoing Program

Community Leadership Program (CLP)

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 3 - 6

Service-learning in a box! Denver Zoo’s Community Leadership Program (CLP) facilitates environmental service-learning opportunities for 3rd-6th grades, engaging students in community projects that contribute to wildlife conservation.  Teachers can choose from three programs: Water Warriors, For the Birds, and Beneficial Bats.  Denver Zoo staff facilitates two lessons (one live animal program, one project-day lesson), and supplies supplemental teacher-led lessons (Colorado Academic Standards aligned) and materials designed to provide students with the background knowledge and guidance necessary to have a successful service-learning experience!

denver zoo fairs festivals booths
Ongoing Program

Denver Zoo Booth for Fairs, Festivals and Events and More

We Bring the Zoo to You!

All Ages

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for all ages that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world. The zoo can set up a booth presenting Denver Zoo animals, bio-facts (such as skins and bones) and/or promotional materials.

denver zoo red apple scholarship fund
Ongoing Program

Denver Zoo's Scholarship Fund

Denver Zoo’s Scholarship Fund

Denver Zoo's Scholarship Fund makes it possible for all individuals -- no matter their economic circumstances -- to discover the wonders of animals through participation in Denver Zoo education programs. The fund provides access to conservation education for Colorado and Wyoming schools, individuals, groups and families and assures that Colorado’s residents of all ages, from preschool through senior citizens, are able to enjoy and learn more about the living world and the conservation of animals and the environment through Denver Zoo’s extensive education programs.

Support Denver Zoo’s Scholarship Fund

Ongoing Program

Discovery Loan Boxes

Learning and fun, packed into one!

Grades K - 6

Boxes are designed for teachers to enhance their classroom curriculum. Various topics available; all include materials such as puppets, skins and skulls, videos, resource and picture books, games, scientific equipment for experiments, and curriculum guides to help facilitate activity and lesson plans.

Early childhood program for children to learn about animals and connect with nature.
Ongoing Program

Early Explorer Expeditions - Colors of Nature

Ages 2 - 4 with adult

Join us for this four-part series where participants will explore the world of colors in their own surroundings and discover the magic of color with experiements and color mixing in the Early Explorer Expedition: Colors of Nature series. These highly interactive, nature play based programs foster deep and meaningful connections with animals and inspire children to explore the natural world.  

2014 DATES:

Blue & Purple - September 16, 20 or 24
Green & Orange - September 30, October 4 or 8
Black & White - October 14, 18 or 22
 
Early childhood program for children to learn about animals and connect with nature.
Ongoing Program

Early Explorer Expeditions - Discovering Senses

Ages 2 - 4 with adult

Join us as we discover how other animals use those senses in similar and different ways in the Early Explorer Expedition Discovering Senses series. These highly interactive, nature play based programs foster deep and meaningful connections with animals and inspire children to explore the natural world.  

UPCOMING 2015 DATES:

We See - February 28, March 410
We Hear - March 141824
We Touch - March 28, April 17
We Taste & Smell - April 111523

Early childhood program for children to learn about animals and connect with nature.
Ongoing Program

Early Explorer Expeditions - I Want to Be a Zoo Vet

Ages 2 - 4 with adult

Come pretend with us at this new version of a classic program!  Through play-based activities, animal visitors, and zoo exploration children will learn how veterinarians care for the animals at the zoo. These highly interactive, nature play based programs foster deep and meaningful connections with animals and inspire children to explore the natural world.  

UPCOMING 2014 DATES:

November 151925

 

Ongoing Program

Early Explorer Expeditions - Let It Snow

Ages 2 - 4 with adult 

These highly interactive, nature play-based programs foster deep and meaningful connections with animals and inspire children to explore the natural world. Important relationships will be cultivated between children and the world around them through hands-on experiences, zoo exploration, investigation, and play.

UPCOMING 2014/2015 DATES:

December 1317
January 101420

Classes run from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Early childhood program for children to learn about animals and connect with nature.
Ongoing Program

Early Explorer Expeditions – I Want to Be a Zookeeper

Ages 2 - 4 with adult

Come pretend with us at this new version of a classic program!  Through play-based activities, animal visitors, and zoo exploration children will learn what a zookeeper needs to do every day to care for their animals. These highly interactive, nature play based programs foster deep and meaningful connections with animals and inspire children to explore the natural world.  

UPCOMING 2014 DATES:

November 1511

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Ongoing Program

Enrichment and After School Classes

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades K - 6th

Do you have a large or mixed-age group but still want the hands-on components of our classes? Check out our Enrichment and Afterschool Programs that incorporate 2-3 live animals, activities, and touchable biofacts to make for an unforgettable experience.

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for ages 3 and up that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

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Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Assembly: Animal Expeditions

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 1 - 3

An immersive experience that includes a close encounter with a live animal geared towards our younger audiences!

Animal Expeditions

Come face to face with exciting live animals with amazing adaptations.
Travel to different geographical biomes around the world to visit grasslands, rainforests, deserts, wetlands, and temperate forests.

denver zoo field trip career workshop
Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Career Workshop

Enrich Your Experience

Inspire your students with a once-in-a-lifetime look into the life of a zoo professional. Get a close look into the life of zoo keepers and veterinarians, and more! These hands-on programs are the perfect way to inspire a group of future animal scientists. All topics include hands-on activities, live animal demonstrations, guided zoo tours and thought-provoking discussions about animal-related careers.

 

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour - A Sustainable World: From Denver Zoo to You

Enrich Your Experience

6th Grade and up

Learn more about Denver Zoo’s sustainability efforts on a two-hour guided tour featuring some of the zoo’s most significant contributions to making the world a better place. Participants will learn about energy and water conservation, innovation with waste-to-energy technology, local sourcing and more! Through the tour and hands-on activities participants will learn about the importance of sustainability and be inspired to live in harmony with nature in their own homes.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Animal Adaptations

Enrich Your Experience

1st Grade

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Caring for Life Cycles

Enrich Your Experience

3rd Grade

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Ecosystem Connections

Enrich Your Experience

4th Grade

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Endangered Species

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 6 - 12

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Habitats

Enrich Your Experience

2nd Grade

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Guided Tour: Primates

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 6 - 12

A variety of guided tours are available for school groups. Trained volunteer docents will lead your group on a journey to explore the wonders of animals and the living world. All tours are aligned with Colorado Academic Standards.

denver zoo field trip mini-class
Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Mini-Class: Animal Tales

Enrich Your Experience

Grades Pre-K - 1st

An immersive experience that includes a close encounter with a live animal geared towards our younger audiences!

Animal Tales

Listen to fun and engaging stories about our animal friends.
Meet two live animals from these stories.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Mini-Class: Creature Feature

Enrich Your Experience

Grades Pre-K - 1st

An immersive experience that includes a close encounter with a live animal geared towards our younger audiences!

Creature Feature 

Meet live animals up close!
Compare and contrast animals such as amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals, or reptiles.
Zoo representatives will share information about the animal's classification, habitat, and special adaptations.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: All in the Animal Family

Enrich Your Experience

1st Grade

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

All in the Animal Family

Learn about a diversity of animal families, from large family groups to animals that are on their own from the day they are born.
Using interactive and imaginative activities as well as live animals, explore how animals have adapted to care for their babies under different circumstances.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Amazing Adaptations

Enrich Your Experience

1st & 2nd Grade

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Amazing Adaptations

By meeting live animals and turning a classmate into an adaptive animal, learn how adaptations help animals survive in the wild.
Explore the difference between physical and behavioral adaptations.
Work in teams at interactive stations to further investigate animal adaptations.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Animal Characteristics

Enrich Your Experience

Kindergarten

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Animal Characteristics

Discover the distinction between vertebrate and invertebrate animals by observing and interacting with live animals and biofacts.
Learn the defining characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Animal Senses

Enrich Your Experience

Pre-K

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Animal Senses

With imaginative and interactive activities as well as live animals and biofacts, discover how the five senses help animals to survive and meet their needs.
Compare human senses to those of animals.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Habitats Around the World

ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE

2nd Grade

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Habitats Around the World

Discover that all organisms need the same components of a habitat in order to survive: food, water, shelter, and space.
With the use of live animals, photos, and biofacts, learn how animals meet these basic needs in a variety of habitats from around the world.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Learning about Life Cycles

Enrich Your Experience

3rd Grade

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Learning About Lifecycles

Learn about and characterize the life cycles of a variety of animals, including insects, birds, and amphibians.
Explore stations with a variety of animal specimens to investigate and gather information.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Movin' & Groovin'

Enrich Your Experience

Pre-K

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Movin’ & Groovin

Learn how and why animals move in different ways through role-playing exercises.
Meet and touch live small animals that walk, crawl, slither, and hop.
Listen to an ed-zoo-cational story about how animals meet their basic needs.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Skullology: Structures for Survival

Enrich Your Experience

Greades 5 - 7

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Skullology: Structures for Survival 

Identify and compare the structures of various skulls to determine their functions for individual species.
Understand how scientists use inquiry skills to identify consumer categories (herbivore, carnivore, insectivore, omnivore) based on dentition.
Using scientific practices, observe skulls, collect data, and use dichotomous keys to identify a variety of animals based on their skulls.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Class: Web Of Life

Enrich Your Experience

Grades 4 - 6

Enriching classes that include the use of live animals, biofacts (such as skins and bones), and interactive activities!

Web of Life 

Where does all energy come from on earth, and how is it passed down through the web of life? Explore terms such as producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, and scavenger in a food pyramid activity.
Learn about predator and prey adaptations through biofact exploration and live animal encounters.
Become part of a rainforest food chain, understand how energy is passed, and learn how living things are connected through food webs.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: A Trek Through the Tropics

Enrich Your Experience

4th Grade

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

A Trek through the Tropics 

Investigate how Asian tropical ecosystems are similar to and different from other ecosystems around the world, including those in Colorado.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: Amazing Animals

Enrich Your Experience

Pre K - Kindergarten

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

Amazing Animals

Explore the characteristics of animals as we compare and contrast the animals of Toyota Elephant Passage.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: Animal Connections

Enrich Your Experience

Grades K - 1

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

Animal Connections

Discover how people connect with animals, here and around the world.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: Animals Around the World

Enrich Your Experience

3rd Grade

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

Animals Around the World

Journey through tropical Asia, as you discover how animals influence culture and contribute to a region’s uniqueness.

Ongoing Program

Field Trip with Zoo Ed-venture Trek: Healthy Human, Healthy Animal

Enrich Your Experience

5th Grade

Take the learning from the classroom to the field, as zoo educators lead your students on an educational journey through Toyota Elephant Passage on a Zoo Ed-Venture Trek! These immersive programs are aligned with Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units and Colorado Academic Standards. They take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery. 

Healthy Human, Healthy Animal 

Compare the management of healthy human body systems with the management of healthy animal 
body systems.

Ongoing Program

High School Water and Sustainability Program: A Collaboration with Denver Water

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 9 - 12

This special program is limited to schools located in the Denver Water service area, and includes field trips to Denver Zoo and Denver Water. Empower your students to become engaged citizens and environmental stewards by incorporating a better understanding of water and its role in a sustainable lifestyle through service learning.  Denver Zoo and Denver Water staff facilitate eight lessons (including two field trips), and provide ongoing teacher and student support to guide students through the development of their own community project.  Additionally, teachers will receive supplemental lesson plans (Colorado Academic Standards aligned) and materials in order to provide students with the background knowledge and guidance necessary to create a successful service- learning experience! 

Ongoing Program

High School Water Stewards Program

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 9 - 12

Empower your students to become engaged citizens and environmental stewards by incorporating a better understanding of water and its role in a sustainable lifestyle through service learning.  Denver Zoo staff facilitate two lessons (one with live animals, one project-based) and provide ongoing teacher support in guiding students through the development of their own community service project.  Additionally, teachers will receive supplemental lessons and materials to provide students with the background knowledge and guidance necessary to create a successful service-learning experience! 

 

Ongoing Program

Immersion Programs

IMMERSION PROGRAMS

Grades 6 - 12

Immersion programs provide a unique view of the zoo in a special multi-contact experience. Our goal is to connect students to their local community, inspire action and awareness, and to empower students to participate in international projects. Students will work in small groups to learn about an endangered animal that Denver Zoo is working to conserve, and then with the use of zoo props, use their new found knowledge and inspire guests to help save their species!

This program is highly customizable so please contact the Logistics Specialist at 720-337-1408 for more information.

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Ongoing Program

Outreach Assemblies

We Bring the Zoo to You!

All Ages

Denver Zoo offers exciting and dynamic assemblies that take large groups of students in all grades on an educational safari around the world! Zoo educators will engage your students with interactive and fun activities and, of course, amazing live animals. A variety of programs are available for all ages 3 and up that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

 

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Animal Discovery

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades K – 2nd

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Animal Discovery 

Discover the distinction between vertebrate and invertebrate animals by observing and interacting with live animals and biofacts.
Learn the defining characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Animal Senses

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 3 – Grade K

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Animal Senses

With imaginative and interactive activities as well as live animals and biofacts, discover how senses help animals to survive and meet their needs.

Compare human senses to those of animals.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Animals in Art

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 1 - 12, and Adults

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Animals in Art

The zoo will bring two live animals to use as models for visual art projects. Learn fun facts about animals as Zoo instructors link science and art concepts. Teachers must provide art instruction and art supplies.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Characteristics of Survival

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 3rd - 5th

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Characteristics of Survival 

By meeting live animals and turning a classmate into an adaptive animal, learn how structures and systems can help animals survive in the wild.
Explore characteristics of different animals.
Work in teams at interactive stations to further investigate animal characteristics.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Colorado Alive

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 3rd - 5th

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Colorado Alive

Meet Colorado wildlife and perform hands-on investigations with horns, antlers, skulls, skins and more.
Explore the interactions of living and nonliving components in Colorado’s environments.
Discover the importance of adaptations for life in Colorado’s plains, mountains, and cities.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Colorado Vivo

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 5 - 12

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Colorado Vivo

Learn how to identify and describe Colorado animals and ecosystems in Español (vocabulary may also be related to numbers, colors and weather).
Comprehend cognates and vocabulary through live animal demonstrations, an interactive PowerPoint presentation, touchable biofacts and worksheets.
Practice speaking Spanish by means of repetition (for early learners) and/or conversation (for advanced learners).
Collaborate with Zoo educators to accommodate all levels of Spanish language learning.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Do You See What I See

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 3 – Grade K

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Do You See What I See

Investigate the patterns, colors and shapes in nature and how animals use them to survive.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Endangered!

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 6 - 8

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Endangered!

Understand the concepts of endangered species and the terms endangered, threatened and extinct
Through activities and live animal encounters, understand why some animals are in danger of extinction. 
Use inquiry skills in an investigation to decide which animals are most important to save in a race to protect biodiversity.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Explorando la Selva Tropical

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 5 - 12

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Explorando la Selva Tropical 

Learn how to identify and describe rainforest animals and layers in Español (vocabulary may also be related to numbers, colors, geography and weather).
Comprehend cognates and vocabulary through live animal demonstrations, an interactive PowerPoint presentation, touchable biofacts and worksheets.
Practice speaking Spanish by means of repetition (for early learners) and/or conversation (for advanced learners).
Collaborate with Zoo educators to accommodate all levels of Spanish language learning.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Habitats Around the World

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 1st & 2nd

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Habitats Around the World 

Discover that all organisms need the same components of a habitat in order to survive: food, water, shelter and space. 
With the use of live animals, photos, and biofacts, learn how animals meet these basic needs in a variety of habitats from around the world.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Happy Habitats

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 3 – Grade K

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Happy Habitats 

Follow the adventures of one of our animal friends who leaves the forest to explore city life.
Learn about what animals need to survive in their habitats.
Compare the needs of living things to our own needs.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Lifecycles: Changing and Growing

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 1 - 3

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Lifecycles: Changing and Growing 

Learn about and characterize the life cycles of a variety of animals, including insects, birds, and amphibians.
Explore stations with a variety of animal specimens to investigate and gather information.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Movin’ & Groovin’

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 3 – Grade K

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Movin’ & Groovin

Learn how and why animals move in different ways through role-playing exercises.
Meet and touch live small animals that move in various ways.
Listen to a fun and engaging story about how animals move.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Predators of the Sky

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 3 - 5

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Predators of the Sky

Dissect owl pellets in a hands-on lab to scientifically explore raptor diets.
Meet an incredible live bird of prey.
Discover the adaptive tools raptors have to be successful predators in their environment.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Remarkable Reptiles

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 1 - 5

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Remarkable Reptiles 

Explore the reptilian science of live snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians.
Participate in a variety of exciting activities as we venture through the scaly world of reptiles.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Skullology: Science of Skulls

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 6 - 8

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Skullology: Science of Skulls

Identify and compare the structures of various skulls to determine their functions for individual species.
Understand how scientists use inquiry skills to identify consumer categories (herbivore, carnivore, insectivore, omnivore) based on dentition.
Using scientific practices, observe skulls, collect data, and use dichotomous keys to identify a variety of animals based on their skulls.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Web of Life

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 4 - 5

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Web of Life

Where does all energy come from on earth, and how is it passed down through the web of life? Explore terms such as producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, and scavenger in a food pyramid activity.
Learn about predator and prey adaptations through biofact exploration and live animal encounters.
Become part of a rainforest food chain, understand how energy is passed, and learn how living things are connected through food webs.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Class: Workin’ on the Wild Side

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Grades 6 - 12

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class. Opportunities are available for early childhood education through 12th grade students to learn about standards-based science concepts through live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities in their own classroom.  All classes are aligned to current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Workin’ on the Wild Side

Ever wonder what it is like to work at Denver Zoo? Students will learn about different careers at Denver Zoo and experience the advantages and challenges of working with wild animals. 

Ongoing Program

Outreach Mini-Class: Animal Tales

WE BRING THE ZOO TO YOU!

Looking for a shorter, 30 minute program designed to best meet the needs of your audience?  Mini-classes are taught by Denver Zoo volunteers who use live animals and biofacts in unique ways to engage young and old alike. 

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for ages 3 and up that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

Animal Tales

Grades Pre-K - 1
30 minute program

Listen to fun and engaging stories about our animal friends. Meet two live animals from these stories. Teachers must provide art instruction components prior to or during this program, as well as any materials needed for the project.

 

Ongoing Program

Outreach Mini-Class: Creature Feature

WE BRING THE ZOO TO YOU!

Looking for a shorter, 30 minute program designed to best meet the needs of your audience?  Mini-classes are taught by Denver Zoo volunteers who use live animals and biofacts in unique ways to engage young and old alike. 

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for ages 3 and up that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

Creature Feature

All Ages
30 minute program 

Critters Creature Feature:
Meet two live animals up close! Compare and contrast animals such as amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals, or reptiles. Zoo representatives will share information about the animal's classification, habitat and special adaptations.

Mammals Creature Feature:
Meet two live mammals up close! Zoo representatives will share information about the animal's classification, habitat and special adaptations.

Reptiles Creature Feature:
Meet two live reptiles up close! Zoo representatives will share information about the animal's classification, habitat and special adaptations.

 

Ongoing Program

Outreach Senior Safari

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Seniors

Denver Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with dynamic, interactive experiences featuring live animals. A variety of programs are available for all ages that celebrate the wonder and awe of animals and inspire individuals to respect, value and care for the natural world.

Live touchable animals, incredible bio-facts and dynamic presenters create one-of-a-kind experiences for the senior community.

Ongoing Program

Outreach Speakers Bureau

We Bring the Zoo to You!

Ages 11 - Adult

Denver Zoo volunteers will bring an informative and engaging Power Point presentation to your organization.  Each presentation is designed to give you a glimpse into life at the Zoo! Providing a wildlife education resource to teens and adults, and sharing the mission of the Denver Zoo with the community.

Ongoing Program

Play-Based Itineraries for Children

Denver Zoo and The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development have partnered to create visit itineraries that encourage learning through play. With these itineraries, families with children ages one to six-years-old can explore the zoo through a new lens, discovering play-based activities in 6 different areas of the zoo.

Ongoing Program

Safari Mini-Camps

A great alternative to sitting at home during those school holidays! Participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities. Camp sessions are available for kids in Pre-K through 3rd grade. Pre-K children must be 4 years old in order to attend Denver Zoo camps. Each camp runs from 9am-4pm, and includes light morning and afternoon snacks. Children need to bring their own lunches. Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available. 

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Ongoing Program

Self Guided Field Trips

Visit Denver Zoo at your own pace!

A trip to the zoo offers life science learning experiences year-round with a variety of programs – including animal feedings and demonstrations – included in your admission.

Important Forms and Resources:

Ongoing Program

Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units

Denver Zoo has created a Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Curriculum featuring eleven grade-specific discovery units for preschool through fifth grade. Each grade level offers a standards-aligned life science unit, and some grades also offer a standards-aligned social studies unit.

Ongoing Program

Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Discovery Units

Denver Zoo has created a Toyota Elephant Passage Field Trip Curriculum featuring eleven grade-specific discovery units for preschool through fifth grade. Each grade level offers a standards-aligned life science unit, and some grades also offer a standards-aligned social studies unit.

Inside each unit:

  • Before-visit, at-the-zoo and after-visit activities and lessons rooted in Colorado Academic Standards
  • An interdisciplinary final project that builds upon previous activities 
  • Grade-specific chaperone guides in English and Spanish
  • Zoo videos related to lessons
  • Orientation videos for teachers and students
  • Easy-to-print resources and student activity pages
  • Related book lists and web links
  • Suggested at-the-zoo classes, outreach programs and loan boxes to supplement students’ learning experiences
Ongoing Program

Young Scientists

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

Young Scientists is a multi-contact standards-based program that introduces students to the field of ethology (the study of animal behavior) and exhibit design through inquiry-based learning. 

Young Scientists guides students to develop ideal immersion animal enclosures, using many of the methods that field biologists and exhibit designers currently use with a hands-on, real-life application.  By directly observing and understanding animal behavior and adaptation, students put their classroom skills to use in meaningful ways while learning the process of scientific inquiry, analysis and reporting.    

This program aligns with the Colorado Academic Standards, Colorado Common Core Content Standards, and National Generation Science & Engineering Practices. 

Ongoing Program

Zoo Crew - Teen Volunteer Program

Ages 13 - 18

If you are passionate about animals, you enjoy working with kids, and have ever wanted to know what a zookeeper's day is like, Denver Zoo's Teen Volunteer Program, Zoo Crew, might be the place for you! Zoo Crew runs primarily in the summer months (June-August), and supports a variety of areas around the zoo. We do not offer one-time volunteer or community service opportunities for school or court appointed teens.

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Ongoing Program

Zoo Keeper Experience

ZOOKEEPER CAREER SHADOWING AT DENVER ZOO

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a zookeeper? During this Zoo Keeper Experience, participants will spend a morning with a zookeeper from our education animal division and learn what it takes to work in an animal care career. During the experience, participants will try their hand at zookeeper responsibilities by participating in two or more of the following activities:

  • Preparing animal diets

  • Helping to weigh and care for animals

  • Taking part in animal training

  • Assisting with animal demonstrations or shows

  • And of course, everyone’s favorite - cleaning!

Ongoing Program

Zoo Lab: Animal Behavior & Adaptations

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Animal Behavior & Adaptations Lab

Examine the relationship between adaptation and behavior through animal observations
Become an ethologist for a day as you work in small groups to investigate the behavior of one of our animal ambassadors.

 

Ongoing Program

Zoo Lab: Poop to Power

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Poop to Power

Let the zoo be your laboratory as you explore the science of sustainable energy and learn about Denver Zoo’s sustainable efforts.
Use science & engineering practices to design, construct and test mini-gasification reactors in this 3 hour program highlighting how trash becomes energetic treasure in our newest exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage.

 

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Climate Change - Polar Bears, Pikas, and People

Enrich Your Experience

9th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Climate Change: Polar Bears, Pikas, and People

Follow the journey of two species to understand how a changing climate affects ecosystems both local and global and learn what Denver Zoo is doing to help.

Track the path of polar bears across melting ice caps and learn more about Denver Zoo’s role as an Arctic Ambassador Center with partner organization Polar Bears International. Uncover the plight of the American Pika, a mountain species highly vulnerable to temperature and snow pack changes and discover more about the Rocky Mountain Pika Project. Learn what actions you can take to help combat climate change every day!

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Comparative Anatomy and Evolution

Enrich Your Experience

9th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Comparative Anatomy and Evolution

Meet two live animals with common ancestors
Use your cranium, plus some science practices, to analyze animal skulls to make conclusions about evolution.

 

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a zookeeper at Denver Zoo? Delve into the life of a zookeeper while you discover what is takes to keep all of the zoo’s diverse residents healthy and happy! Get an insider’s glimpse into zoo keeping while touring our education animal housing area and learning just how multifaceted a zookeeper’s day can be. How do the zoo keepers get the monkeys off the island at night time? Find out answers to these questions and more!

 

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Genetics and Natural Selection

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Genetics and Natural Selection

Take a glimpse into why genetics play an important role in zoo’s Species Survival Plans while managing an imaginary zoo
Unearth the role of natural selection on predator and prey species.

 

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Tools of the Training Trade

Enrich Your Experience

9th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Tools of the Training Trade 

Why did the elephant cross the bridge in Toyota Elephant Passage? Because she was asked by the keeper to do so as well as many other fantastic feats! Animals are trained at the zoo for a plethora of reasons! Find out why animals are trained to perform these specific behaviors and how to ask an elephant to cross a bridge. Join us to uncover the challenges and triumphs of training animals at Denver Zoo.

 

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Veterinary Health and Nutrition

Enrich Your Experience

6th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Veterinary Health and Nutrition

What does it take to provide veterinary care to over 3,500 of the zoo’s residents? Denver Zoo staff work together using knowledge, expertise, and technology to perform surgeries, care for sick or injured animals, and keep very precise records for all the wild residents here. In addition to providing the best care possible for animals, curators, zookeepers and veterinarians must design and provide incredibly specific diets in order to promote healing and prevent future illnesses! Come take a bite out of the world of veterinary care and nutrition and discover how our residents are kept in exceptional shape!

 

Ongoing Program

Zoo Workshop: Workin’ on the Wildside

Enrich Your Experience

9th - 12th Grade

These standards-based curricula capitalize on the Zoo’s wild animal ambassadors and naturalistic exhibits to bring science to life. Participants will be immersed in the topic of choice and get up close and personal with some of our education animal ambassadors.

Workin’ on the Wildside

How does a carpenter help out the penguins? Take a walk on the wild side and see how many different people work together to create one awesome Denver Zoo! With thousands animals to care for and millions of visitors each year, students will explore the many careers that keep Denver Zoo running efficiently and sustainably.  Students will be awed by the way Denver Zoo staff work together to secure a better world for animals through human understanding!

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