Outdoor School

Experience nature and the outdoors in an all new way.

Note: Not all programs happen at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Please note the location of the program below prior to registration.

Nature is calling! Join us is exploring the outdoors and nature while learning a new skill, craft, or experience. The Outdoor school can provide people of all ages with opportunities to take advantage of the Colorado wilderness in ways that ignite a deep connection with nature and passion for the outdoors.

Classes are open to adults and children, see ages noted for each class listing.
Recommended for ages 5 and up (must be accompanied by an adult)



Utilitarian Basket Weaving

This is a 2.5-day course
Dates:Friday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 29, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $60.75 per person
Ages: 12 and up, all skill levels welcome
Location: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Need something to put your pet toys in, or maybe to store hats and mittens, to put the mail in, or just to help clean up a cluttered corner? Get creative while you learn to weave a beautiful and functional basket that fits your lifestyle. The first evening of class we’ll start with a history of the basket, go over terminology, and walk through the process of weaving a basket to completion. Next, we’ll create a basket base and begin to weave height into in as you shape and form it. 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.

Wild Women: Day Hike

Date: October 26 (Saturday), from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $30.75
Ages: All Ages
Location: North Cheyenne Canyon
Join this program for women, led by women. Explore a true local gem- North Cheyenne Canyon- during one of the best times of year to enjoy the outside. This day hike will cover about 4 miles of beginner level hiking, looking for wildlife, and taking time to be present in nature. Take a break from the noise and spend some time in the wild!

Adirondack Pack Basket

This is a 3-day course
Dates:Friday, Saturday & Sunday
November 8-9-10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $100.75 per person
Ages: 16 and up, all skill levels welcome
Location: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
A sturdy hand woven pack basket with heavy gauge reed is the perfect utilitarian tool to bring with you to the grocery store, to carry your picnic on hike, to collect firewood at the cabin, to store fishing gear, to carry climbing gear and so much more. Join us for a 3 day course and walk away feeling proud of your completed pack basket that was designed specifically by you. In this course, you’ll learn how to measure out a basket base, traditional ‘check’ style weaving pattern, to lash on a rim with half round reed, add colorful designs, and attached cottons harness straps to your pack basket. This class can be fast paced and physically demanding as it’s 3 full days of weaving.


Refund Policy

A refund request must be received no less than ONE WEEK prior to the start of the program.The Zoo will refund the 50% of the program cost. No refunds will be given after one week prior to the start of the program.
Questions: Email Austin Kennedy at [email protected] or 719-424-7822