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.


Additional Information

Reschedule and Cancellation Policy

Any education program(s) that need to be changed after being scheduled are subject to the following fees:

Reschedule Fee:

  • Less than 14 business days from your scheduled program date: $25.00 transfer fee AND 50% of total program cost.
  • More than 14 business days from your schedule program date: $25.00 transfer fee.

Cancellation Fee:

  • Less than 14 business days from your scheduled program date: 50% of total program cost.
  • More than 14 business days from your scheduled program date: No fee.

Please contact to cancel or reschedule a program at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit. We cannot guarantee rescheduling will be possible.

* Please note: The Denver Zoo Scholarship Funds cannot be applied to cancellation fees or transer fees.

Chaperone Policy

Compliance with the chaperone policy is required to remain eligible for the discounted school group rates.

  • Every school group visiting Denver Zoo must have at least one adult per ten students, regardless of the students' ages. Schools who do not bring at least one adult per ten students will be charged the full price of admission.
  • Please be advised that there is a maximum ratio of one teacher/chaperone for every five students that may attend any scheduled programs.
  • Special needs providers are admitted free. Teachers and school staff are admitted at no charge. Other chaperones are charged at the discounted rate of $5.00 each.
  • We only accept ONE payment for the entire group.
  • All chaperones must enter the zoo at the same time as the group. Late arrivals will be required to pay the full price of admission or use their zoo memberships.