Multi-Contact Programs 

Program Information

Immersion Programs (6th through 12th Grade)

Immersion programs provide a unique view of the zoo in a special multi-contact experience. Students become conservation educators sharing new found knowledge with the zoo public about a particular species Denver Zoo works to conserve. Immersion programs are customized for each group.

Young Scientists: Exhibit Engineers (6th through 12th Grade)

Young Scientists: Exhibit Engineers is a multi-contact standards-based program that introduces students to exhibit design through inquiry-based learning. This adaptation focused program guides students to develop ideal immersion animal enclosures, using many of the methods that engineers and field biologists use with a hands-on, real-life application. By directly observing and understanding animal behavior and adaptation, students put their classroom skills to use in meaningful ways while learning the engineering design process. This program includes three in-school lessons led by Denver Zoo staff covering exhibit design and animal adaptation as well as a guided fieldtrip at Denver Zoo.

Young Scientists: Animal Investigation (6th through 12th Grade)

Science is about asking questions and discovering the answers. In this program, students will get the chance to think and act like scientists while completing their own self-directed investigation.  Zoo staff will guide students through the science practices and model the ways that biologists and conservationist learn new information about animals.  Three lessons at your school will include testable questions, experimental design and scientific argumentation.  Students will come to the zoo twice to practice their science skills, develop a question and collect data.  This program is a great compliment to any science discipline focusing on developing students’ confidence in science.



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.