Youth Conservation Leadership Conference 2024 (6th-12th Grades)

Ages 12-18. CMZoo’s Youth Leadership Action Board invites you to the 6th Annual Youth Conservation Leadership Conference (YCLC), right here on the mountainside. This conference is hosted by your teenage peers as a common ground conference to work towards worldwide conservation education efforts. Registration is required open now. YCLC 2024 is sold out. If you would like to be on a wait list, please submit this form.

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Unique & Differing Needs Day Camps (Ages 7-11) – Harmonious Habitats

*Ages 7-11. Offered on Saturday, June 8, Friday, June 20, Friday, July 12 & Tuesday, July 23. *This camp is specially designed for campers ages 7 -11 with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, developmental disabilities/delays or medical fragility. In this series, we will adventure into nature’s playground and discover the magic of jungles, deserts, aquatic, and underground realms. Together we will uncover how every habitat is different and unique, but necessary for the survival of all animals. You are welcome to sign up for just one evening or all four; each program will highlight different habitats through unique experiences. (One caregiver may also attend this camp without an additional fee.) Registration is required and opens online Feb. 1, 2024.

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Red Ape Rally Day

All ages. Join us for Red Ape Rally Day! If you are visiting Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Wednesday July 24th, stop by Primate World from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate orangutan conservation. Download the PalmoilScan app today and learn more at cmzoo.org/palmoil. Activities for the whole family will create Zoo memories while raising awareness for orangutan conservation and sustainable palm oil including: Build your own orangutan nest out of different materials, stop by our photo booth, petition-signing table and coloring stations, play a palm oil grocery game where you will learn about shopping for products containing sustainable palm oil, watch special orangutan enrichment and a keeper talk at 1:30 p.m. Advance tickets are required and available here.

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

Ages 21+. Join us for a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Tickets to Tails, Tunes & Tastes include unlimited small plates and two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.) Advanced tickets are required and are on sale online now.

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Stroller Safaris: The Jungle Journey continues in July (July 12, 18, 27, 31)

Dog Days at the Zoo (July 16 & 31) – SOLD OUT

Event Series Dog Days at the Zoo (July 16 & 31)

July Dog Days are sold out. On Tuesday, July 16 & Wednesday, July 31, add an extra ticket to make your family outing complete! Bring your canine kiddo for a Zoo adventure. For these special dates, you can bring your well-behaved dog to the Zoo with you! Simply purchase a dog ticket along with your family’s human tickets, and Fido can experience many of the sights, sounds and smells that make the Zoo so special. Dog tickets are limited. Advance tickets are required.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. (July 17, 31)

Event Series Paint. Sip. Safari. (July 17 & 31)

Ages 21+. Offered on July 17 or 31 (July 17 is sold out.)with a peacock theme. 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. Each month offers a different animal theme to paint. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! Registration is required. If these are sold out and you would like to be added to a wait list, please email [email protected].

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Unique & Differing Needs Day Camps (Ages 7-11) – Rainbows of Nature

*Ages 7-11. Offered on Saturdays, June 8, July 13 & August 3. *This camp is specially designed for campers ages 7 -11 with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, developmental disabilities/delays or medical fragility. From the dazzling birds to the patterns of aquatic life, we will highlight the diverse and unique wonders of the animal kingdom. This vivid journey through the Zoo will spark curiosity for the beauty that surrounds us. (One caregiver may also attend this camp without an additional fee.) Registration is required and opens online Feb. 1, 2024.

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Outdoor School / Teen Workshop: Guided Forest Walk – Aug. 5

Ages: Middle School & High School. Are you looking for new ways to connect with nature? Or maybe you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of daily life. Join certified Forest Guide, Serena V, as she helps us discover unique ways to relieve stress and learn to relax by utilizing the natural landscape around us. Registration is required and open online now.

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End of Summer Member Celebration Night

Zoo Members only - Can you believe it? Summer goes by so fast! Enjoy one last after-hours wander through the Zoo at our Members-Only end of summer event! Beat the heat and share a special night at the Zoo. Don’t forget your discount at our Thundergod Gift Shop. All restaurants will be open! Please note, we may not have scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. Check your membership email for more details. Reservations for the End of Summer Celebration Night event (5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) are not required (Advanced tickets are required for any daytime admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

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Stroller Safaris: Arthropods in August (Aug. 9, 15, 24, 28)

Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Aug. 9, 23, Sept. 7, 20, Oct. 4, Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 6 )

Event Series Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+

Adults 21+. Offered Aug. 9, 23, Sept. 7, 20, Oct. 4, Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 6. 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 and open online now. If you would like to be on a wait list when any of our Date Night Starlight Safaris become sold out, please submit this form.

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Dog Days at the Zoo (Aug. 12 & 23) – SOLD OUT

Event Series Dog Days at the Zoo (Aug. 12 & 23)

August Dog Days are sold out. On Monday, August 12 & Friday, August 23, add an extra ticket to make your family outing complete! Bring your canine kiddo for a Zoo adventure. For these special dates, you can bring your well-behaved dog to the Zoo with you! Simply purchase a dog ticket along with your family’s human tickets, and Fido can experience many of the sights, sounds and smells that make the Zoo so special. Dog tickets are limited. Advance tickets are required.

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Panya’s 7th Birthday Party

All ages. Join us to celebrate the seventh birthday of Panya, the eldest of the giraffe littles! Mark your calendars for Tues., Aug. 13, and get your advance e-tickets to join in the festivities. Panya's 7th Birthday Party will be at the giraffe boardwalk in African Rift Valley, where you can enjoy family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to noon. This birthday party is presented alongside our partners, Children’s Hospital Colorado! Get tickets now

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Paint. Sip. Safari. (August 14 or 28)

Event Series Paint. Sip. Safari. (August 14 or 28)

Ages 21+. Offered on August 14 or 28 with a koi fish theme. 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. Each month offers a different animal theme to paint. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool AUGUST – Whacky World: Upside Down

Ages: Elementary (1st-6th) & Middle School (6th - 8th). Join us as we turn the animal kingdom on its head – literally! Set your sights on an unforgettable edventure into the topsy-turvy lives of creatures that defy gravity and logic. Registration is required.

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

Ages 21+. Join us for a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Tickets to Tails, Tunes & Tastes include unlimited small plates and two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.) Advanced tickets are required and are on sale online now.

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Teen Program Off-Season Winter Session 2024 – Applications Open (Sept. 1-10)

Ages: Middle and High School, 6th - 12th grades. Winter Off-Session runs Nov. 12 - Feb.12, 2025 for Zoo Crew, Junior Zoo Keeper and Teen Core programs. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Teen Programs provide meaningful life experiences that inspire teens to take conservation action both on and off Zoo grounds through education, leadership, stewardship and environmental exploration. Off-Season Teen Programs offer weekends, evenings, and after school teen opportunities. Admission to the program is through an application process. Online applications for Zoo Crew, Junior Zoo Keeper and Teen Core programs will be open during this time. An application fee applies.

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Military Appreciation Week

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, purchase your advance timed tickets and march on up to the Zoo!

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Silent Night at the Zoo

All ages. Full Zoo experience (except sky ride and carousel). Dining options will be limited. We invite you to a unique Zoo event, Silent Night on Wednesday, September 11, 2024. Our busy lives are often filled with schedules, responsibilities and noise. Come prepared for a peacefully quiet evening away from the pressures of the city below. Advance e-tickets are required and will be on sale closer to the event.

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Outdoor School Family Safari Series (Sept. 14, 28, Oct. 12)

All ages: SIgn up for any one class or all three. Offered Sept. 14, 28 & Oct. 12. Join us for unforgettable adventures tailored for the whole family! We’ll explore the wonders of our wild world through interactive activities, guided zoo tours, and hands-on experiences led by our knowledgeable zoo educators. From up-close animal encounters to engaging workshops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Grab the family and discover the magic of our wildlife and wild places! Registration is required.

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

Ages 21+. Join us for a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Tickets to Tails, Tunes & Tastes include unlimited small plates and two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.) Advanced tickets are required and are on sale online now.

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Boo at the Zoo – (Oct. 18-20, 25-27, 31)

Event Series Boo at the Zoo – (Oct. 18-20, 25-27, 31)

Seven nights! Evenings of Oct. 18-20, 25-27 & 31, 2024 from 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All ages. 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! Advance timed admission tickets are required, and will be on sale closer to the event.

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Fall Break Day Camps (K-6th Grade) – Nov. 25, 26, 27

Ages: Kindergarten - 6th grade. Theme: Behind the Bubbles: Dive into the fascinating world of bubbles in nature! Together we will explore the beauty and science behind bubbles found in our animal kingdom and the nature that surrounds them. Join us for a single day or all three days of exploration that is sure to bubble with excitement. Registration is required. Online registration opens Monday, Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

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Electric Moonlight

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! Advance tickets are required and are subject to selling out; no walk-up tickets available. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.)

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Electric Safari – (Dec. 6-23, 25-Jan. 1, 2025)

All ages. Nightly, Dec. 6 - 23, 25-Jan. 1, 2025 (except Christmas Eve). Celebrate 26 nights of mountainside magic during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Named 3rd BEST ZOO LIGHTS, 5 years in a row by USA TODAY’S 10Best! Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle. You'll also enjoy photos with larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals, and our new holiday-safari themed drone show! Save $5 per ticket by visiting on a non-peak day! Advance timed e-tickets are required for everyone and sell out quickly.

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Teen Program: Summer Session 2025 – Applications Open (Feb. 1-14)

Ages: Middle and High School, 6th - 12th grades. Summer Session runs May-August 2025 (dates TBA) for Zoo Crew, Junior Zoo Keeper and Teen Leader programs. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Teen Programs provide meaningful life experiences that inspire teens to take conservation action both on and off Zoo grounds through education, leadership, stewardship and environmental exploration. Admission to the program is through an application process. Online applications for Zoo Crew, Junior Zoo Keeper and Teen Leader will be open during this time. An application fee applies. Once you have completed your application fee transaction you will get an automatic generated email that contains the link to your application! All applications must be submitted by midnight on February 14, 2025.

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