Zoo To You

SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS & PROGRAMS

Zoo to You: Program Information

Most facilitated learning programs are FREE to schools in 2024, made possible through generous donations to Denver Zoo’s Access to Awe Scholarship Fund. Navigate the sidebar to the left to browse our “Zoo to You” programs, which provide WILD in-school learning experiences facilitated by Denver Zoo Educators. 

  • Animal Academy

    During this at-school experience, your students can become Denver Zoo’s newest class of recruits! In Animal Academy programs, science concepts come alive as recruits utilize the Zoo’s animal ambassadors to investigate adaptations right in your classroom. Your scientists-in-training will receive a special mission and explore alongside their Academy instructor, applying critical thinking and science skills while earning their very own “spots and stripes” badge! 

    GRADES 

    K–3

    DATES + TIMES 

    New schedule coming soon! Available on select weekdays. Bookings confirm two sequential programs at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. An additional program may be added at 11:00 a.m. 

    Please see the “Programming” tab below for location requirements.

    Animal Academy is not available as a summer program.

    COST 

    $280 for two sequential programs. A third program at 11:00 a.m. is available for an additional $100. Each session accommodates up to 30 students.   

    Scholarships are available through Denver Zoo’s Access to Awe Scholarship Fund for schools and nonprofit organizations who can demonstrate need. 

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

    Financial assistance may be available to support this program. Please check back for fall details.

    This program is no longer accepting registrations. Please check back soon for our fall Animal Academy dates!

  • Good Neighbors to Wildlife

    SUB: “Program provided great content and background info for a project building nest boxes and a pollinator garden.”  —Teacher, Embark Education 

    Grow your students into the next generation of local conservationists and empower learners to take ownership for the care of wildlife in YOUR community. Students will discover what local wildlife needs to survive, work with Zoo staff to learn helpful skills and make a plan they can implement to make an impact near your school.   

    Sign up for one or all of our programs:

    Make a Space for Wildlife 

    Whether passing through or hanging out, urban wildlife needs a space in our communities to thrive! Students will explore different spaces that animals occupy based on their unique needs and then take action by building a home for wildlife. 

    Make It Safe for Wildlife

    Immerse your students in the journey of migration by navigating the helpful and hazardous situations that birds encounter. Learners evaluate the local environment and make a plan to help birds. Other approaches to learning about migration just won’t fly! 

    Make It Bloom for Wildlife 

    Explore the important relationship between native plants and animals and the actions humans can take to ensure a healthy habitat for wildlife. Okay, bloomers—it’s time to get to the root of conservation learning! 

    GRADES 

    6–8

    DATES + TIMES 

    Available Monday–Friday. Booking confirms two sequential sessions (of the same program) to be completed within the following blocks of time in the same room or classroom setting, or outside on school grounds: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m.–1:00. p.m., 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.   

    Please see the “Programming” tab below for location requirements.

    COST 

    FREE! All 2024 Good Neighbors to Wildlife programs are free to schools, made possible through generous donations to Denver Zoo’s Access to Awe Scholarship Fund.

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  • Conservation Challenge: Rethink Your Rubbish

    Centered on sustainability concepts, this project-based learning unit helps students explore human impacts on wildlife around the globe and how their actions can make a difference. This unit includes an educator guide, a project launch field trip to the Zoo, an action-centered outreach program and an invitation to the end-of-year student showcase. 

    Session 1—Zoo Field Trip Launch: Students explore the Zoo at their own pace and interact with representatives from the Zoo’s Conservation Engagement & Learning and Sustainability teams to learn how waste can impact wildlife around the globe.   

    Session 2—School Visit: Zoo staff help students perform a waste audit at your school to identify challenges that impact local wildlife—then identify the solution most likely to have a positive impact and work to implement it within your school community. 

    Session 3 (Optional)—Student Showcase at Denver Zoo: Students are invited back to the Zoo in May for the Conservation Learning Showcase, where they can share with the community how they positively impacted their school’s sustainability efforts through implementation of their solution. 

    GRADES 

    6–8 

    DATES + TIMES 

    2024 Rethink Your Rubbish launch dates (choose one):

    This program is no longer accepting registrations. Please look back soon for our fall Rethink your Rubbish Dates!

    COST 

    FREE! All 2024 Conservation Challenge: Rethink Your Rubbish programs are free to schools, made possible through generous donations to Denver Zoo’s Access to Awe Scholarship Fund.

  • Classroom Safari: Nature Play

    SUB: DIG into nature with Denver Zoo!

    Classroom Safari: Nature Play programs build science skills and identity through outdoor exploration. Denver Zoo Educators provide seasonal, nature-based activities at your center—just add wonder! Playing alongside our team, your students and staff will practice the scientific skillsets of observation and experimentation as we strive to strengthen interest and comfort in nature, all through the lens of play. 

    GRADES

    Children of ages 3–5 

    DATES + TIMES

    Available most Tuesdays, June through August 2024. Bookings confirm two sequential programs at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. An additional program may be added at 11:00 a.m. Please see the “Programming” tab below for location requirements. 

    COST

    $280 for two sequential programs. A third program at 11:30 a.m. is available for $100. Each session accommodates up to 30 students.

    REGISTER NOW >

  • Custom Programs + Extended Immersion Experiences 

    The Zoo’s School and Teacher Partnerships team is excited to learn about what experiences might best connect your students to making a positive impact for wildlife. We implement design thinking programs and customized immersion experiences on a limited scope each school year. 

    Reach out to dzeducation@denverzoo.org to learn more.