Zoo to You:
Community Outreach

Bring Denver Zoo’s education resources to your community in-person! Engage with Denver Zoo Educators and animals to learn about science and wildlife, all from your home, school, or community organization.

Looking for a virtual learning experience? Many of the programs below are available in an online format. Contact us at outreach@denverzoo.org for more information, and check out our Virtual Classroom!

Early Childhood

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Back to Nature

(Ages 3–Grade K)

Students become scientists as they use their senses to explore and play in nature. Through observation of live Zoo animals and wildlife in their own schoolyards, age-appropriate instructor modeling and guided questioning techniques, students build their comfort and confidence in nature by experimenting, making observations and asking questions. This program works best when there is access to an outdoor/nature play area.

Can your small group travel? Join us at Denver Zoo for a private Back to Nature program on our Zofnass Barclay Family Nature Play Trail. Click here for more information.

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Movin' and Groovin'

(Ages 3–Grade K)

Learn how and why animals move in different ways through role-playing exercises. Meet and observe animals that move in various ways.

Elementary

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Animal Meet & Greet: Science Skills

Grades 1–5

Zoo educators introduce two live Animal Ambassadors and help students use science skills to explore the topic you choose: animal characteristics, adaptations for survival in Colorado and other native habitats, or animal care and training—including understanding each animal's unique personalities!

All Ages

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Animal Expeditions
(All Ages)

Discover habitats around the world through the lens of the food, water, shelter and space they provide to the animals that live there.

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Scutes and Scales
(All Ages)

Could you defend yourself from predators? Explore reptilian survival strategies in a mock gameshow starring our scaly Animal Ambassadors.

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Animal Meet & Greet:
Wild Profiles
(All Ages)

Zoo educators introduce two live Animal Ambassadors and explore their unique characteristics and personalities, through the lens of animal care and training. This program is easily adaptable to various groups and settings.

Cost

In-Person:
$225 first program,
$125 each additional consecutive program.

Outside of Denver Metro SCFD Area:
Minimum of two programs required
$450/two programs
$125 each additional consecutive program.

AVAILABLE DATES AND TIMES

All programs run approximately 40–45 minutes

In-person programs start times:

Monday–Friday: 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Please note, we have very limited availability for late October/early November – please contact us via outreach@denverzoo.org if you are interested in a program.

Registration

  • We have very limited availability for late October/early November – please contact us via outreach@denverzoo.org if you are interested in a program.
  • Requested dates are not guaranteed until confirmed by Denver Zoo.
  • Please register at least three weeks in advance.
  • Payment is required at least three weeks in advance.
  • Program capacity is 25 people maximum, and smaller group sizes are encouraged; if you have more than the maximum number of participants, you will be scheduled and charged for additional programs.
  • Programs location should be outside. If indoor locations are to be considered, group sizes should be decreased in accordance with local health and safety guidelines.
  • Programs canceled or rescheduled for reasons unrelated to changing health guidelines, less than three weeks’ prior to the scheduled program date, will be charged 50% of the total cost.

Additional Information

Due to the nature of live animals, Denver Zoo Outreach cannot guarantee which animals will participate in any program.

In-Person Programs:

  • Denver Zoo COVID procedures and requirements will be reviewed and accepted by site representative prior to program confirmation.
  • Ground level or elevator access.
  • An unloading and parking area close to the program location, with access for a rolling cart.
  • Site provides two large tables (6-8 feet preferred).
  • An adult representative in attendance during the program who actively assists with participant behavior management.
  • No other activities in presentation area during both setup and presentation.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the program area.
  • No other animals are permitted in the vicinity of the program.
  • Presenter will arrive 15-30 minutes prior to program for setup.
  • Consecutive programs should take place in the same location.
  • While under COVID guidelines we are recommending that in-person programs should be conducted outdoors unless otherwise arranged with Denver Zoo during program confirmation. Outdoor programming is contingent upon weather conditions.
  • Animals in programs may eat nuts. Be aware of allergies.