Our Philosophy

Denver Zoo’s Learning & Engagement Department cultivates moments of awe for guests, both onsite and in our community, by providing transformative learning experiences that connect people to the wonder of animals and nature.

We believe

  • Emotional experiences are what drive the brain to be active and to create memories.
  • People learn best when they are exploring real-world issues and solutions.
  • People are engaged in science when they are guided by their own curiosity, interests and questions.
  • When learning is meaningful, people will join us in support of our mission.

We create wonder that changes the world

About the Learning & Engagement Department

Denver Zoo's long-term learning outcomes are for our audiences 1) to think of themselves as scientific and environmental thinkers and learners, and 2) to be champions for wildlife.

From early childhood to adult learners, our programs are rooted in age-appropriate experiences that connect all learners to the natural world through cultivation of empathy and self-driven exploration that builds knowledge and ultimately empowers learners to take action for wildlife.

Denver Zoo is committed to making sure students in our community and across Colorado have access to transformative science education experiences regardless of their economic circumstances. We believe that every learner in our community deserves the opportunity to tap into their natural curiosity, to engage in awe-inspiring learning experiences and to develop their inner-scientists.

Learn with Denver Zoo

Most facilitated learning programs are FREE to schools in 2024, made possible through generous donations to Denver Zoo’s Access to Awe Scholarship Fund.


Support Denver Zoo Education Programs

By bringing students of all ages eye-to-eye with our amazing animals, Denver Zoo’s award-winning education programs forge relationships that are critical to the survival of ALL species...including ours. As Colorado’s oldest and most passionate advocate for wild animals and wild places, Denver Zoo is proud to engage learners of all ages, almost every day of the year. When you support education at Denver Zoo, you play a critical role in fostering the next generation of wildlife advocates—while actively helping us to live our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.