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)



Thanksgiving Dutch Oven Dinner

Date: Saturday, November 23 from 3 – 6 p.m.
Adults: $30.75
Kids (12 and under) $15.75
Turkey day is right around the corner, why not celebrate a few days early with a traditional Thanksgiving feast prepared in a fun and non-traditional way! Cooking in a Dutch Oven is a unique and delicious way of preparing meals outside. Using the heat from coals, the food is slow cooked and full of flavor. The cook time may take a little longer, but the end result is well worth the wait. We will prepare the food, cook, and eat together- each sharing in the delicious meal we make as a team.


Utilitarian Basket Weaving

This is a 2.5-day course
Dates:Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 26, 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.

Upcoming 2020 Classes, dates TBD:

•Fire-making for survival (modern methods)
•Wooden snowshoe construction
•Adirondack pack baskets
•Utilitarian basket weaving
•Willow pack baskets
•3-season shelters
•Winter shelters
•Primitive fire-making
•Leather sheath making


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