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September 2021

Family Camp September: Eye of Newts

Emperor newt portrait facing the camera
Wednesday, September 1 - Thursday, September 30

All ages. Book any time in September, during regular Zoo hours. Join us as we investigate the famous, festive witches’ brew and a mysteriously fun fuzzy animal. Meet our family of Newts as we learn more about poisonous and venomous animals. Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slots to keep safety our number one priority. Registration is required.

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Teens – Animal Photography 101 – Sept. 25

Teen photography workshop
Saturday, September 25 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Middle and High School students. Come be a wildlife photographer for the day and learn how images can make an impact on global conservation efforts. Registration is required. Online registratino is open.

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Paint. Sip. Safari – September

Kimba, African elephant with trunk up position
Tuesday, September 28 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Ages 21+. Offered on Tuesday, September 14 or 28. Join us for an adults only program where you not only get to create memories but a painting of one of our amazing animals as well. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! Featured September animal: Kimba, African elephant. Registration is required.

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Tails & Tunes

Tails & Tunes logo and graphic 2021
Thursday, September 30 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Adult 21+ • Dance the Night Away! • Full Zoo Experience • Live Music. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to dance the night away while enjoying this adults-only evening. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo until 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets are required. Tickets on sale now!

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AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos Fundraiser

Bowling for Rhinos AAZK fundraiser scene at bowling alley
Thursday, September 30 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Strike Out Extinction! Join us for an evening of bowling fun and fundraising, all to help save wild rhinos. Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), and AAZK's chapter at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Tickets are required. Online ticket sales are open August 4, - September 28, 2021. Click to register.

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October 2021

Family Camp October: Eye of Newts

Emperor newt portrait facing the camera
Friday, October 1 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, October 31 at 5 p.m.

All ages. Book any time in October, during regular Zoo hours. Join us as we investigate the famous, festive witches’ brew and a mysteriously fun fuzzy animal. Meet our family of Newts as we learn more about poisonous and venomous animals. Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slots to keep safety our number one priority. Registration is required.

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Teens – Rocky Mountain Wilderness Survival – Oct. 2

Teen wildnerness 101 class- in woods building shelter
Saturday, October 2 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Middle and High School students. Discover the basic necessities of a survival situation in this exciting class. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Stroller Safaris: All Things Orange in October (Oct. 2, 6, 13, 23)

Orangutans and palm oil - Bornean orangutan male portrait
Saturday, October 2 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered on October 2, 6, 13, or 23, 2021. Oct. 13 still has a few spots left (all others are sold out). Registrants will participate in a Fall – themed sensory activity and meet some of our Orange colored friends that call the zoo home! Registration is required. Online registration is open and fills up quickly. If a Stroller Safari date you'd like is sold out, you can be on a waitlist by completing this form.

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Creature Connections Session 5: Oct. 8 – Nov. 19

Boy guest with skunk and spoon during Creature Connection session
Friday, October 8 - Friday, November 19

Ages 1-4 years with adult. Creature Connections Session 1 is a 6-week series that creates opportunities for you and your young explorers to learn more about wildlife and wild places! We will provide prompts and activity ideas each week of the session to guide your exploration, as well as supplemental optional opportunities for exclusive “pop-ups” at the Zoo weekly on Wednesdays & Saturdays, where they can meet the animal they’ve been learning about! Note: You also need to get your advanced timed eticket into the Zoo.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Sept. 23, Oct. 8, 15, 22, Nov. 5, 6, 19, Dec. 2, 8.)

Two warthogs, one grooming the other
Friday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.
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One event on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Adults 21+. Offered nights of: Sept. 23, Oct. 8, 15, 22, Nov. 5, 6, 19, Dec. 2, 8. Want a change of scenery on a weekend night? Come join us under the stars for an adults only private evening tour of our mountainside Zoo. We will enjoy a beverage to start off the night, then stroll under the stars to see what our animals do at night, we will even get an opportunity to meet one of our Loft animal ambassadors! This program is for adults only, 21+. Registration is required. If you would like to be on a wait list for any of our sold out Date Night Starlight Safaris, please submit this form to us.

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Paint. Sip. Safari – (Oct. 12 or 19)

Hoosier the barn owl portrait
Tuesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Ages 21+. Offered on October 12 or 19. Join us for an adults only program where you not only get to create memories but a painting of one of our amazing animals as well. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! Featured October animal: Hoosier, barn owl. Registration is required.

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Teens – Animal Migrations and the Human Impacts – Oct. 16

Teens in a migration workshop
Saturday, October 16 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Middle and High School students. Investigate several examples of animal migration and human impacts, including migration by monarch butterflies, pronghorns, and elk. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo graphic logo
Saturday, October 16 at 3:40 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 3:40 pm

All ages. October 16-17, 23-24, 29-31, 2021, 3:40 p.m. – 8:30 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! Tickets will be on sale closer to the event.

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Teens – Raptors in Our World – Oct. 23

Wild raptor on a branch
Saturday, October 23 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Middle and HIgh School students. Learn about the various species of raptors that are in our Colorado backyard. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Special Stroller Safari: Happy HOWLoween! – Oct. 31

Mexican gray wolf portrait
Sunday, October 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Ages 12 mos - 4 years. This special holiday edition Stroller Safari includes a special demo with our wolves, a meet & greet with a few of our "creepy crawly," but still adorable animals from My Big Back yard, and painting your own mini pumpkin to take home with you! Costumes are both welcome and encouraged for participants of all ages! Limited capacity. Spots fill quickly. Registration is required. Online registration is open. If this Stroller Safari is sold out, you can be on a waitlist by completing this form.

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November 2021

Fall Break Single Day Camps – Nov. 22, 23, 24

North American porcupine Kale in a tree
Monday, November 22 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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One event on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 1st - 6th grades. Offered Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 22, 23, 24 as single day camp opportunities. Theme: Branching Out! – Have you ever thought about using a tree for a home? Maybe a source of food? Or what about as a back scratcher? Come explore the wildernesses of the world and how the trees, even the small ones, play a vital role for our animals and ecosystems spread throughout. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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December 2021

Electric Safari – Dec. 3-5, 10-23, 25-January 1, 2022

Electric Safari third best Zoo lights thank you!
Friday, December 3 at 5:20 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 5:20 pm, repeating until Saturday, January 1, 2022

All ages. Celebrate 24 nights of holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle. Details and tickets available closer to the event.

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Electric Moonlight

Electric Moonlight December 11, tickets are on sale now!
Thursday, 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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Winter Break Camp – December 20-23 & 27-30, 2021

School break kindergarten camp two campers with racoon masks
Monday, December 20 at 9 a.m. - Thursday, December 30 at 4 p.m.

Ages K-5th grades. Stay tuned for details about our Winter Break Camps. Registration is required. Online registration opens Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

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March 2022

Spring Break Camp – March 21-25, 2022

Campers during fun camp activity
Monday, March 21, 2022 at 9 a.m. - Friday, March 25, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Ages K-5th grades. Stay tuned for details about our Spring 2022 Break Camps. Registration is required. Online registration opens Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

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May 2022

Run to the Shrine

Run to the Shrine graphic logo
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites all ages of world class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine. 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 time 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.

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June 2022

Moonlight on the Mountain

Moonlight on the Mountain hero graphic African lion licking lips photo
Thursday, June 30, 2022 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 2022.

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September 2022

Military Appreciation Week

Military Appreciation Week graphic logo
Monday, September 12, 2022 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Join us for Military Appreciation Week at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! It’s a week of even bigger thanks to our military personnel for their continued service to our great country. This week’s military discount features 50% off the day's normal admission base price, which is offered to all active-duty, veteran and retired military personnel and their dependents living in the same household. To enjoy a full week of stars and stripes, march on up to the Zoo! Check back closer to the event for more details.

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