Bring the Zoo to You - Outreach Programs

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your class! Opportunities are available from early childhood education through 12th grade. Have your students learn about science with live animal interactions, biofacts (such as skin and bones) exploration and hands-on activities.  All classes support current Colorado Academic Standards where appropriate.

Program Information

Early Childhood

Animal Senses (Ages 3 – Grade K)

Discover how senses help animals to survive and meet their needs. Compare human senses to those of animals.

Do you See What I See (Ages 3 – Grade K)

Investigate the patterns, colors and shapes in nature and how animals use them to survive

Movin & Groovin (Ages 3 – Grade K)

Learn how and why animals move in different ways through role-playing exercises.
Meet and touch live small animals that move in various ways. Listen to a fun and engaging story about how animals move.


Animal Discovery (Grades K-2nd)

Discover the distinction between vertebrate and invertebrate animals by observing and interacting with live animals and biofacts. Learn the defining characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Habitats Around the World (Grades 1st -2nd)

Discover all organisms need the same components of a habitat in order to survive: food, water, shelter and space. With the use of live animals, photos, and biofacts, learn how animals meet these basic needs in a variety of habitats from around the world.

Lifecycles: Changing and Growing (Grades 1st -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.

Remarkable Reptiles (Grades 1st -5th)

Explore the reptilian science of live snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians. Participate in a variety of exciting activities as we venture through the scaly world of reptiles.

Characteristics of Survival (Grades 3rd – 5th)

Meet live animals and turn a classmate into an adaptive animal, learn how structures and systems can help animals survive in the wild.

Colorado Alive (Grades 3rd -5th)

Meet Colorado wildlife and perform hands-on investigations with horns, antlers, skulls, skins and more.

Middle/High School

Endangered (Grades 6th -8th)

Understand the concepts of endangered species and the terms endangered, threatened and extinct

Explorando La Selva Tropical (Grades 5th – 12th)

Learn how to identify and describe rainforest animals and layers in Español (vocabulary may also be related to numbers, colors, geography and weather).

Working on the Wildside (Grades 6th -12th)

Ever wonder what it is like to work at Denver Zoo? Students will learn about different careers at Denver Zoo and experience the advantages and challenges of working with wild animals. 

All Ages

The Art of Observation (Grades 1st – Adult)

The zoo will bring two live animals to use as models for life drawing observations.  Students will become naturalists as they learn how to use both scientific and artistic skills and processes to study wildlife.  Teachers must provide art supplies.

Creature Features (All ages)

Meet two live animals up close! Zoo representatives will share information about the animal's classification, habitat and special adaptations. Note this program is 30 minutes in length.


Additional Information

Due to the nature of live animals, Denver Zoo Outreach cannot guarantee which animals are at any program.
Animals in programs may eat nuts.  Be aware of allergies.

Denver Zoo Outreach space 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 (6-8 feet preferred).
  • An adult representative in the room during the program.
  • Some classes have additional requirements, such as extra tables or space.
  • No other activities during both setup and presentation.
  • No food or drink.
  • No other animals.
  • Presenter will arrive 15-30 minutes prior to setup.
  • Programs should take place indoors unless otherwise discussed with the Logistics Specialist.