Guided Tours

Denver Zoo's traditional Guided Tours for School Groups are on hiatus for the remainder of the school year, as we envision an exciting new program to engage students on zoo grounds.

Zoo Ed-venture Treks, a facilitated group program in Toyota Elephant Passage, are still available, as are the classes, assemblies, and workshops listed in our School Experience section. We look forward to launching a new learning experience for students in the coming school year!

Program Information

Zoo Ed-Venture Treks (hybrids of guided tours and classes) 

Led by Zoo staff, these hands-on programs take place entirely in Toyota Elephant Passage, with animal guests and opportunities for observation, inquiry and discovery.

Amazing Animals (Pre-K –K)

Explore the characteristics of animals as we compare and contrast the animals of Toyota Elephant Passage. Aligned to CAS Preschool Science 2.1 & Kindergarten Science 2.1

Animal Connections (Grades K-1)

Discover how people connect with animals, here and around the world. Aligned to CAS Kindergarten Social Studies 2.1 & CAS First Grade Social Studies 2.2

Animals around the World (3rd Grade)

Journey through tropical Asia, as you discover how animals influence culture and contribute to a region’s uniqueness. Aligned to CAS Third Grade Social Studies 2.2

A Trek through the Tropics (4th Grade)

Investigate how Asian tropical ecosystems are similar to and different from other ecosystems around the world, including those in Colorado. Aligned to CAS Fourth Grade Science 2.1 & 2.3

Healthy Human, Healthy Animal (5th Grade)

Compare the management of healthy human body systems with the management of healthy animal body systems. Aligned to CAS Fifth Grade Social Studies 2.1 & 2.2


Sustainability Tour- still available

Sustainable World Program takes place throughout the zoo.

A Sustainable World; from Denver Zoo to You (6th Grade and up)

Learn more about Denver Zoo's sustainability efforts on a two-hour guided tour featuring some of the zoo's most signigicant contributions to making the world a better place. Participants will learn about energy and water conservation, local sourcing and more! Through the tour and hands-on activities participants will learn about the importance of sustainability and be inspired to live in harmony with nature in their own homes.


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.