Docents holding contact animals

Rewarding and Inspiring.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary Docent Program is one of our most successful programs! Not only because of the wonderful and talented group of individuals who offer their time, but because they are able to inspire so many children every year. They challenge children to care about wildlife and the natural world, providing them with an experience they’ll remember for a lifetime.

Sound rewarding? Consider becoming a member of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary! No previous experience is necessary.

Learn all about the history of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary, Docent volunteer opportunities, requirements and application process in the expandables below.

Making community connections with Docent Tours & Classroom Safaris.


About the Docents

Docent education station with artifacts talking to children guests.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary Volunteers.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary (CMZA) was formed in 1969 as a non-profit organization to give aid in carrying out the Zoo’s objectives. It is an active and founding member of the international Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents & Volunteers (AZADV).


  • To support the Zoo in providing a major zoological park for residents and visitors of the Pikes Peak region.
  • To assist the Zoo in providing recreational, educational, conservation and scientific facilities in the fields of natural history, zoology and related subjects.
  • To aid the Zoo’s education program by providing docent guide service for school groups and related organizations, and providing liaison with other educational institutions.
  • To work with the Zoo staff toward increased utilization of the zoological park and its facilities.


  • Provide classroom “Safari” instruction and Zoo tours based on approved curriculum to students in the Pikes Peak region from Kindergarten and up. See details on Docent lead tours
  • Provide puppet and slide shows on zoos and animals for grades preschool through 2.
  • Provide interpretive education using biofacts and talks to Zoo visitors.
  • Handle specified Zoo animals to provide visitors up-close opportunities to see animals, reptiles, amphibians and birds.
  • Aid the Zoo staff in providing animal enrichment activities for Zoo animals.

Docent Opportunities

Docent Encounter with contact animal and two children

You choose.

Volunteer during the week as a Tour Educator or on the weekends as an Interpretive Educator or a combination of both – it’s up to you.

– Tour Educators

Lead onsite Zoo tours for school kids and present classroom “safaris” in schools. You’ll get to know the Zoo inside out.

– Interpretive Educators

Instill an understanding and appreciation of animals using bio-facts (animal artifacts) at the Zoo. Other opportunities for involvement are also available, including Zoopeteers (puppet program), ZOOMobile, animal enrichment and special events.

Don’t forget: The fun perks of being a docent are great field trips, parties and the opportunity to meet some great people!


Docent Requirements & Application Process

Inspire. That’s Just the Beginning.

Volunteers from all walks of life, ages 21 and over, are accepted and encouraged to apply.

Training Classes

Class size is limited! Complete your application today or contact a Docent Membership Coordinator for additional information.
Contact information can be found at the end of our Application Form.

Our docent training class for 2020 is full.
We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Docent training class which runs from January through May 2021 .

Sign up today!

Download a CMZ Docent Application (PDF)


Sound appealing? …become a Zoo Docent today!