Denver Zoo offers a wide range of individual classes for school groups, from Pre-K through 7th grade. In our facilitated classes, students meet animal guests in our Zoo classrooms, explore key concepts in numerous academic subjects, and are empowered to become scientists as they observe, question and seek answers.  Classes support relevant Colorado Academic Standards.

Program Information

Early Elementary

Animal Senses (Pre-K – K)

Discover how senses help animals to survive and meet their needs. Compare human senses to those of animals.

Movin & Groovin (Pre-K – K)

Learn how and why different animals move in such amazingly different ways, from burrowing to soaring and everything in between!

Animal Tales (Pre-K – 1st)

It’s story time at the Zoo, like you’ve never seen it before. Wonderful stories come alive in this 30 minute program, with visits from real animals featured in the tales.

Creature Feature (Pre-K – 1st)

With very special animal guests, let’s start learning about classification in this 30 minute program. What makes animal groups so special, whether they’re amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals, or reptiles?


Animal Characteristics (K)

Discover the distinction between vertebrate and invertebrate animals by observing and interacting with them up-close. Explore biofacts as we learn the characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

All in the Animal Family (1st)

What do baby animals have in common with their parents?  What makes them different? How do their textures or patterns help them stay safe? Compare and contrast baby animals with their parents!

Amazing Adaptations (1st – 2nd)

Explore how adaptations help animals survive in the wild. Discover the difference between physical and behavioral adaptations, with the help of some special animal guests!

Habitats Around the World  (2nd)

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

Learning About Lifecycles (3rd)

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.

Upper Elementary/Middle School

Web of Life (4th-6th)

Every living thing on Earth is connected. Discover how, by meeting some animals up close! You’ll connect decomposers to carnivores, and secondary consumers to produces, while exploring the concepts of food chains and food webs. Play games that focus on the delicate balance of life and the flow of energy, but take care not to unravel the whole ecosystem while you’re at it!

Skullology: Structures for Survival (5th-7th)

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.