Open every day of the year
Summer Hours (Mar 1 - Oct 31)
Admissions Open 9am to 5pm
Grounds close at 6pm
Ages 12-64: $17
Ages 65+: $14
Ages 3-11: $12
2 and Under: Free
2017 Free Days:
11/3, 11/6, 11/16
Denver Zoo now offers programming designed for the unique needs of the afterschool or extended-day audience. We offer a series of 6-8 lessons (typically taught once/week over a 6-8 week period) which all connect to a common theme and scaffold on one another. Lessons integrate NGSS practices, games, live animals, and problem-based learning!
Participants take on the role of an animal detective agency to help animals solve daily problems in their environment related to food, water, shelter, and space.
Participants take on the role of scientific researchers who are researching different areas around the world that the zoo is considering for potential Conservation Focal areas, and are asked to put a presentation/proposal together to present to our Conservation and Research Department about which area they believe the zoo should focus on, and argue why the Zoo should hire their team to work in that area.
Participants develop observation skills, participate in a Citizen Science project, help the zoo analyze wildlife that crosses over the I-70 corridor, and develop a solution for how to safely get animals across I-70.
Participants explore biofacts, live animals, and books to classify animals into different groups. They will use what they have learned to become detectives and determine which animals has 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 physical characteristics. Through hands-on activities, experiments, and problem-solving, participants will compare and contrast animal characteristics, and learn what truly makes each animal class unique.
At least one adult chaperone is required to monitor and assist with group management and student behavioral issues, especially when live animals are out. In the event that this second adult cannot be obtained, Denver Zoo reserves the right to cancel the program and return to the zoo.
Due to the nature of live animals, Denver Zoo Outreach cannot guarantee which animals are at any class.
Animals in programs may eat nuts. Be aware of allergies
Classes should take place indoors unless discussed with Outreach Logistics Specialist. This room needs to be lockable.
Denver Zoo Outreach room requirements: