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Bring your school group of any type to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for an in-depth tour with a knowledgeable Zoo Docent. Choose from a variety of educational tours and exciting safaris listed below, any time of the year, for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Docent tours are available to any school age groups, focusing primarily on school age children's curriculum needs.

Cost

Spring Season April 1 - June 30: $6.50 per child
Remainder of the Year July 1 - March 31: $5.25 per child

(Includes a $0.25 donation to Quarters for Conservation).

Additional Details:

  • You will also be allowed 1 free adult chaperone per 10 students. Any other adults with the group will be charged a discounted admission rate of $15.25 during peak-season (May 1 -Labor Day) or $12.25 during off-season (day after Labor Day-April).
  • Children under the age of 3 are free.
  • Memberships DO NOT apply for Docent tours and Education Programs.
  • Education program fees may be an additional charge and require advanced registration.
  • Please visit the School & Group Visits page to register your visit and receive further valuable information.

Payment Methods:

Cash, in-state check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover are all accepted. Please have one person pay for the entire group.

For Title One Schools seeking information about scholarship funding, please view the Opportunity Fund Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions. To access the Opportunity Fund Scholarship Application.


To Schedule Contact

Sue Sallee, 719-599-8758 or e-mail cmzdocenttours@gmail.com

 

View the Docent Tours & Safaris program options below:

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Free Zoopeteers - Grades K - 2

Students can enjoy a variety of Zoopeteer classroom presentations that introduce them to the exciting world of animals. These programs are offered November through March only, with limited availability.

  • Zoopeteers - puppeteers perform a variety of educational "animal puppet" classroom presentations:
    • "Hippo-NOT-umus"
    • "Bear Cub is Lost"
    • "What's My Habitat?"
    • "Home for Polar Bear"
    • "The Arctic"
    • "The Brave Little Tree Frog"
    • "Colorado Life Zones"

Please schedule as early as possible; availability and times are limited.

Program Time

30-40 minutes for Zoopeteer classroom presentations.

Cost

Free (student or adult), donations are gratefully accepted.

To Schedule Contact

Sheree Lira, 719-282-0978 or sodiel@yahoo.com

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Docent Tours & Safaris - Grades K - 12

Group Programs for - Grades K - 12

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Docents offer educational programs that address Colorado Content Standards. Packages for Kindergarten - 12th Grade include a Classroom Safari, a vocabulary and concept list, and a 1 - 1.5 hour long tour of the Zoo. Introduction and emphasis on the program theme is first provided with the Classroom Safari and then followed with a Zoo tour. Programs are adjusted to meet your curriculum and grade level.

Time

See specific safari/tour listing. There are no programs offered on Wednesdays. Zoo tours are normally scheduled 4-7 days after the Classroom Safari.

Cost

April 1 - June 30: $6.50 each per student, teacher or adult, with one adult free with each group of 7-10 students.
July 1 - March 31: $5.25 each per student, teacher or adult, with one adult free with each group of 7-10 students..

To Schedule Contact

Sue Sallee, 719-599-8758 or e-mail cmzdocenttours@gmail.com


View Classroom Safaris and Zoo Tours options below:

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Grades K - 1

Coats and Colors Tour

The focus of the Coats and Colors Tour is on the variety of types and colors of coats that animals have. Skin, hair, fur, scales, and feathers are some of the types of coats discussed with the students. Students will hear about how coats have many purposes and are used for protection, warmth, camouflage, attraction, identification, movement, and communication. Students will be able to see and touch bio-facts to receive hands-on learning about the types of coats animals have.

Zoo On-Site Tour:

60 minutes, scheduled 4-7 days after Classroom Safari

Ratio:

7-10 students per Docent-led tour group at the Zoo

ED Standards:

Life Science Standards 1 & 2

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Grades 2 and Up

Experience The African Rift Valley

This tour focuses on the animals and ecosystems of the African Rift Valley (ARV) and on the Maasai culture. Unique features of the ARV - such as kopjes, baobab trees, water holes, soda lakes and savannah - are discussed. Behavior and structure are important in determining a species' ability to survive in these varied ecosystems. Human impact on this environment is explored through Maasai culture, ecotourism and illegal activities. Included are the opportunities to feed giraffe and experience bio-facts and understand the consequences of poaching.

Classroom Safari:

45-60 minutes, includes hands-on bio facts exhibit

Zoo On-Site Tour:

90 minutes, scheduled 4-7 days after Classroom Safari

Ratio:

7-10 students per Docent-led tour group at the Zoo

ED Standards:

Life Science Standards 1 & 2,, Geography Standards 1 & 2

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Grades 3 and Up

Amazing Mammals

This topic covers mammal characteristics specifically emphasizing basic needs, adaptations and habits of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores, including comparative behaviors between nocturnal and diurnal mammals. As specialized vocabulary is necessary to understand these characteristics, behaviors and relationships, it is important for students to become familiar with the terms prior to their visit in order to better understand the tour.

Classroom Safari:

45-60 minutes, includes hands-on bio facts & Power Point show

Zoo On-Site Tour:

90 minutes, scheduled 4-7 days after Classroom Safari

Ratio:

7 -10 students per Docent-led tour group

ED Standards:

Life Science Standard 1, Geography Standard 1

 

Life Cycles

This tour will focus on the life cycle of different classes of animals: insects, fish, amphibians,  reptiles, birds, and mammals.  The tour emphasizes how life cycles begin and how animals  grow, develop, and change during their lifetime.  We will compare and contrast how these  different organisms are adapted to their environment and talk about how organisms interact with one another.

Classroom Safari:

45-60 minutes, includes hands-on bio facts & Power Point show

Zoo On-Site Tour:

90 minutes, scheduled 4-7 days after Classroom Safari

Ratio:

7-10 students per Docent-led tour group

ED Standards:

Life Science Standard 1, Geography Standard 2

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Grades 4 and Up

Colorado Wild

This theme introduces a variety of plant and animal life in Colorado. Summary of life zones is stressed, including identifying and describing local regions, their patterns and distributions. It includes how animals interact with their environment. Observe Colorado animals interacting with their environment in the Zoo's new Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit. We will also discuss human impact on our state's wild places and wildlife. This tour compliments the fourth grade study of the State of Colorado.

Classroom Safari:

45-60 minutes, includes hands-on bio facts & Power Point show

Zoo On-Site Tour:

90 minutes, scheduled 4-7 days after Classroom Safari

Ratio:

7-10 students per Docent-led tour group

ED Standards:

Life Science Standards 1, 2 and 3, Geography Standards 1, History Standareds 1 & 2

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Grades 5 and Up

Ecology - The Study of Our Environment

This theme emphasizes the importance of food chains and webs as well as the interaction and interdependence of living and non-living organisms within their respective environments. Examples are also provided for contrast and comparison of food webs within different ecosystems, in addition to the role of various decomposers in the life cycle. Students will understand a variety of worldwide ecosystems, their patterns and distribution. Fits 5th grade science kit unit, Ecosystems perfectly.

Classroom Safari:

45-60 minute Power Point show

Zoo On-Site Tour:

90 minutes, scheduled 4-7 days after Classroom Safari

Ratio:

7 -10 students per Docent-led tour group

ED Standards:

Life Science Standard 1, Earth Science Standard 1

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Grades 6 and Up

Zoogeography

The program focuses on the worldwide distribution of animals, the ecosystems in which they live and the influence of the earth's climatic conditions on this distribution. Scientific principles are used to explain factors that contribute to animal diversity and adaptations.

Classroom Safari:

50-60 minutes

Zoo On-Site Tour:

90 minutes, scheduled 4-7 days after Classroom Safari

Ratio:

7-10 students per Docent-led tour group

ED Standards:

Life Science Standards 1, 2 & 3


Endangered Species

This theme includes examples of biological, evolutionary and genetic reasons for the term "endangered species." Discussion may include how the rate of environmental change may lead to the extinction of animals. Possible solutions and examples of successful programs at Zoo facilities , such as breeding and reintroduction are emphasized. CMZoo participation in AZA Species Survival Plans (SSPs) includes approximately 50 threatened and endangered animal species.

Classroom Safari:

50-60 minutes, includes hands-on bio facts & Power Point show

Zoo On-Site Tour:

90-120 minutes, scheduled 4-7 days after Classroom Safari

Ratio:

7-10 students per Docent-led tour group

ED Standards:

Life Science Standards 1, 3, 7 & 9

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Grades 10 and Up

Advanced Mammal Biology

As we visit some of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's animals we will discuss physiological and structural systems in greater depth than in the Amazing Mammals tour. We will also cover behavioral adaptations for survival in a variety of ecosystems. Classification of animals into taxonomic groups is largely dependent on the structural similiarities we will see. Advances of scientific research are steadily clarifying the relationships of species to each other.

Classroom Safari:

No safari available, vocabulary list sent

Zoo On-Site Tour:

90 minutes

Ratio:

7 -10 students per Docent-led tour group

ED Standards:

Life Science Standards 1, 3, 7, & 9