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

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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! 



Water and Sustainability Program
Colorado Academic Standards 

High School Earth Science 5:  There are costs, benefits, and consequences of exploration, development, and consumption of renewable and nonrenewable resources
High School Life Science 2: The size and persistence of populations depend on their interactions with each other and on the abiotic factors in an ecosystem.


This unique program will take place at your school and also includes a field trip to Denver Zoo and Denver Water's Recycled Water Plant (transportation costs are reimbursed by Denver Water)!


This special program is limited to schools located in the Denver Water service area. Teachers must apply for this program. Click here to download application.

Enthusiastic high school environmental science classes or classes whose goals are to engage students in hands-on, inquiry-driven, community and career-based programming are a great match for the program. 

This program is a joint venture between Denver Zoo, Denver Water, and the teacher so it is imperative that the teacher participates by teaching the supplemental lessons provided.

Maximum of 30 participants per class.


This program has 12 lessons to be facilitated over approximately a 10-18 week period. We encourage you to plan and submit an application for this program far in advance. 

Dates and start times vary, according to your scheduling needs and our availability. 


12 total lessons:

• 8 Denver Zoo/Denver Water-facilitated lessons

• 4 teacher-facilitated lessons - Click here for a program overview.

All lessons, with the exception of the field trips, are 60 minutes in length.

Denver Zoo & Denver Water staff will work with the teacher to schedule a meeting to outline the program and teacher-facilitated curriculum, discuss logistics for projects, etc.


The total program cost is $780.

All transportation costs are reimbursed by Denver Water!

Scholarships are available: Learn more about Denver Zoo’s Scholarship Fund.

Program Goal

Empower students to become engaged citizens and environmental stewards by incorporating a better understanding of water and its role in a sustainable lifestyle.

Ready to sign up?! Download application.


Things To Know

  • Requested dates are not guaranteed until confirmed by Denver Zoo. For more information call 720-337-1488; or email
  • The teacher(s) will receive a loan box with all materials. The teacher(s) will receive an inventory list of all the materials. It is their responsibility to make sure all materials are in the loan box and all are returned to the zoo. If items are missing the teacher will be charged for the missing items.
  • The loan box must be returned to Guest Relations at the Denver Zoo no later than 2 weeks after the project day.
  • Denver Zoo Outreach room requirements:
    • Ground level or elevator access.
    • An unloading and parking area close to the program location, with access for a rolling cart
    • At least 1 large table needed for zoo-facilitated lessons
    • An adult representative in the room during the program who can assist with group management
    • No other activities during both setup and presentation
    • No food or drink
    • No other animals
  • Presenter will arrive 15-30 minutes prior to setup.
  • Due to the nature of live animals, Denver Zoo Outreach cannot guarantee which animals are at any class.
  • Animals used in classes may eat nuts; be aware of ALLERGIES.
  • If you have more than the maximum numbers of participants at your Denver Zoo program you will be charged for another program. You may request adding a program but Denver Zoo’s ability to present an additional program is not guaranteed due to the availability of instructors and animals.
  • Classes canceled or rescheduled with less than two weeks notice before the scheduled program date will be charged 50% of the total cost. Rescheduling will be accommodated to the best of our ability.  Denver Zoo's Scholarship Fund awards do not apply to any cancellation fees.
  • For more information, contact Tim Luethke, or by phone 720-337-1609.

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