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October 2020

Winter Teen Core Applications (open Oct. 1-22)

Winter Teen Core participants holding large bones during vet hospital visit
Thursday, October 1 at 8 a.m. - Thursday, October 22 at 12 p.m.

Ages 12-17. Applications open for a limited time. Application fee is $10 payable online. Session runs December 1 - February 20, 2021. Looking for something to do this winter on weekends, evenings, and after school? – Why not hang at the Zoo and try something new!? Winter Teen Core participants are selected through an application and interview process. We usually take about roughly 30 teens for the season. Winter Teen Core season sessions are split into two separate programs, Loft/BBY and/or Teen Core, once you are accepted into the Winter Teen Core program you can then do an in person interview to work in The Loft or My Big Backyard.

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Best of Both Worlds Starlight Safari

Kids meeting a chinchilla
Saturday, October 10 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

(Adults and kids will tour separately.) Ages 5+. Looking for a creative and fun date night idea? Having trouble finding a babysitter for the kids? Join us on the mountainside for an "adults-only" tour of the zoo, while your children simultaneously explore the grounds with their tour guide for a "kids-only" tour! During your visit each group will have the opportunity to feed our giraffe herd, meet an animal ambassador up close, and enjoy some treats! Register online now.

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October Break Day Camps (K-6th Grades)

Barn owl meet and greet with keeper - owl siting on keepers arm
Thursday, October 15 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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One event on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 9:00 am

Grades K-6th. October 15, 16, 22, & 23 Day Camps. Even though the sun is out Hutch, the opossum, and Hoosier, the barn owl, have left clues that reveal their nocturnal adventures. Join us for a day camp where we unravel the mysteries of what goes “bump” in the night. Space is limited, please register early. Online registration is open.

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Boo at the Zoo

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Saturday, October 17 at 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm

All ages. October 17-18, 23-25 & 30-31, 2020, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (last admission at 7:30 p.m.) Come See the Original Creatures of the Night. It’ll be all treats and no tricks for your little pirates and princesses at this year’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s most unique Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Timed etickets (limited capacity) are onsale now.

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Wolf Awareness Week

Gray wolf facing camera in snowy scene
Sunday, October 18 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, October 25 at 5 p.m.

To celebrate Wolf Awareness Week, we've got celebrations throughout the week including special enrichment demonstrations, tables in Rocky Mountain Wild with activities for kids of all ages, information about the cross-fostering program, ways to live peacefully with wolves, and more! Come to #CMZoo during Wolf Awareness Week and join us as we celebrate this keystone species!

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Teen Community Class: Wilderness Survival 101

Teen wildnerness 101 class- in woods building shelter
Saturday, October 24 at 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ages 12-18. This new community course is open to 12 to 18 year old outdoor enthusiasts who hope to strengthen their knowledge and skills within the natural world. This in-the-field, hands-on course will be led by Zoo staff who have a strong background in outdoor education, and strive to connect youth to our wild places. Learners will put their newly acquired knowledge to the test and learn how to truly utilize the environment around them. Registration is required and open online now.

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Outdoor School – Teen Craft Series: Basket Weaving Class

basket styles woven by women in class
Saturday, October 24 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m.

Ages 12-18. This is a 2-day course; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. This basket weaving class is geared toward teens as part of our Outdoor School’s Teen Craft Series. You will spend time crafting a utilitarian basket with a group of teens from our community. Get creative while you learn to weave a beautiful and functional basket that fits your lifestyle to take home. First, we’ll create a basket base and begin to weave height into it in as we learn to shape and form it. We will be weaving a traditional basket with reed. You’ll have two full days to put your creativity to the test as you finish the course with a completed basket to take home and show off! Registration is open!

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November 2020

Animal Training Workshop 101 for Teens – Nov. 8 (SOLD OUT)

Junior Zookeepers working with training chickens at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Sunday, November 8 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This class has sold out. To join the waitlist for our Animal Training 101 classes, please email [email protected]. This new course is for 12-18 year olds who hope to learn more about animal training and how it benefits the animal, the trainer, and the relationship. This class will be taught in a collaborative effort with Zoo staff, and a member of our Youth Leadership Action Board and Junior Zoo Keeper program.

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Teen Leadership and Interpretation Workshop

Teen workshop with Jenga on leadership and networking
Saturday, November 21 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 12-18. This leadership workshop, led by CMZoo Teen Program staff and Certified Interpretive Guide, Austin Kennedy. She will provide teenages with the skills and practices needed to share their passions and spread messages through building confidence in public speaking and interpretation skills. Registration is open!

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December 2020

Electric Safari – Dec. 4-6. 11-23, 25-Jan. 1, 2021

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Friday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 5:30 pm, repeating until Friday, January 1, 2021

Open 18 nights! All ages. Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Warming fires throughout the Zoo offer a reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits that remain open during the event. Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle. Check back in November for etickets.

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Animal Training Workshop 101 for Teens – Dec. 5 (SOLD OUT)

Junior Zookeepers working with training chickens at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Saturday, December 5 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This class has sold out. To join the waitlist for our Animal Training 101 classes, please email [email protected]. This new course is for 12-18 year olds who hope to learn more about animal training and how it benefits the animal, the trainer, and the relationship. This class will be taught in a collaborative effort with Zoo staff, and a member of our Youth Leadership Action Board and Junior Zoo Keeper program.

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Electric Moonlight

Electric Moonlight December 11, tickets are on sale now!
Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Adults 21+. Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during this adults-only event, Electric Moonlight. This event combines our festive holiday lights with indoor sampling areas featuring beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants (all while supplies last) – just like at our popular summer event, Moonlight on the Mountain! Online tickets available closer to the event.

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Be The Solution: Teen Conservation Leadership

Youth workshop at Youth Conservation Leadership Conference
Saturday, December 12 at 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ages 12-18. This workshop led by CMZoo Teen Program staff, Austin Kennedy, provides young conservationists, stewards, and changemakers with the skills and practices needed to bring solutionary thinking and action to their homes, families, schools, and communities. We will engage with animal ambassadors and focus on the relationship of humans and that animal, focusing on learning from the past and present to create solutions for the future of coexisting with wildlife. Registration is open!

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May 2021

Run to the Shrine

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Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites all ages of world class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Run to the Shrine is a 4-mile run/walk course that curves through the Zoo, up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and back down into the Zoo. Run to the Shrine has become an annual Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tradition, and it is the only day of the year that guests are allowed to travel up to the Shrine of the Sun by foot! In addition, Run to the Shrine is an important fundraiser for the Zoo. Watch for registration to open in January 2021.

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June 2021

Moonlight on the Mountain

Moonlight on the Mountain hero graphic African lion licking lips photo
Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Kick off your summer with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo during the first adults-only event of the season! Don’t miss this adults-only event. Enjoy all-inclusive samples of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo and have you dancing the night away until 10 p.m. VIP tickets get you in earlier! This evening is for adults 21 and older ONLY. IDs must be presented on event night. Watch for VIP and General Admisison tickets, on sale in March 2021.

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August 2021

Teddy Bear Day

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Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All ages welcome. Children ages 3 to 11 who bring their plush friend save $10 on admission. (Kids 2 and under are just 75¢, and Zoo members are always free.) Kids can stop by the Teddy Bear Clinic at the Lodge at Moose Lake for a free stuffed animal “check-up” and meet medical personnel in a “beary” fun environment. Check out the special animal experiences and come have a BEARiffic day at the Zoo! (Event details are subject to change.)

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