Animal Academy

Every year at Denver Zoo Animal Academy, we usher in the brightest and the boldest to complete our rigorous training program and become Denver Zoo animal experts!
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At-Zoo Programs:

  • December: Thursday - Friday
  • January: Thursday - Friday
  • February: Wednesday - Friday
  • March: Monday - Friday
  • April: Monday - Friday

Program start times are 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Visiting in May?  Check out the new Conservation Learning Zone!


At-School Programs:

  • December: Monday - Wednesday
  • January: Monday - Wednesday
  • February: Monday - Tuesday
  • March - April: Monday - Friday

Session start times are 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. A third session at 11:00 a.m. can be purchased for an additional fee.

Need a custom program time or date?  More than 2, At-School sessions?  We'll see what we can do!  Contact for more information.


At-Zoo Programs: $240 per program.

30-student limit per program.

At-School Programs: $280 for to 2 sequential programs.  A third program at 11:00 a.m. is available for $100.

30-student limit per session.



Scholarships are available through Denver Zoo’s Access to Awe Scholarship Fund. If applying for scholarship funds, please complete the application before registering. Registration will be completed upon award of scholarship.

For scholarship support, submit an application. More information on Access to Awe Scholarships can be found here.

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Program Information

Early Elementary

Teachers, during your next zoo visit, your students can become our newest class of recruits! Enroll your young scientists in this immersive experience where they will earn their “spots and stripes” by completing in-zoo challenges.

In Animal Academy programs, concepts such as adaptations, ecosystems and life cycles come alive as recruits utilize the Zoo’s animal ambassadors to investigate these science topics. Your scientists-in-training will receive a special mission and explore alongside their Academy instructor, applying critical thinking and science skills while working toward their spots and stripes badge.