Teen Community Workshop: Conservation Photography

Ages: Middle School & High School. Come put your skills to the test and learn how photography can be a unique approach to wildlife conservation. No previous experience is necessary and any camera or phone will work. Registration is required.

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Outdoor School: Neighborhood Naturalists

Ages 3rd - 5th grade. Join us in this young learners program as we study the wonders of Colorado nature from right in our own backyard. We’ll learn how to best live with local wildlife, identify native plants, and how to best protect our home environments. Registration is required.

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Kinder Kingdom: Epic Explorers

Ages 4-5 years. Offered Saturday, Nov. 11. Join us for a thrill-seeking day of exploring the foraging skills animals use to find food and shelter. Together we will crawl through the dirt, jump over the bushes, and make new discoveries. Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Zootrition (1st – 8th Grades)

Ages: 1st - 8th grades; Elementary & Middle School groups. Let the Zoo be your classroom and join us for experiential learning through hands-on engagement. This month it's fun with carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores, OH MY! Join us as we learn all about animal diets and the adaptations they have to allow them to eat all the delicious and nutritious foods. Registration is required.

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Outdoor School: Utilitarian Basket Weaving (Nov. 17-19)

Event Series Outdoor School: Utilitarian Basket Weaving (Nov. 17-19)

Ages 16+. No experience required. This is a 2.5-day course. 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 it as you shape and form it to your own creative desires. 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. Bring a friend and come join us for 2.5 days of basket weaving fun! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – Registration closes 14 days prior to the start date. Must have 6 participants to run the class.

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Fall Break Day Camps (1st-6th Grades) – Nov. 20, 21, 22

Ages: 1st - 6th grades. Offered Monday - Wednesday, November 20, 21 or 22. Sign up for any one day or all three. Join us for Living Legends. From the zoo to our own backyards, Colorado is home to legendary animals. Join us in discovering what special skills Rocky Mountain wildlife need in order to survive. Then learn your own set of outdoor protection skills so you can be a Local Legend too! Registration is required.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. (Nov. 21)

Event Series Paint. Sip. Safari. (Nov. 7 or 21)

Ages 21+. Offered on November 21. 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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Fall Break Day Camps (Ages 4-5 Years) – Nov. 20, 21, 22

Event Series Kinder Kingdom: Paws, Claws and Jaws (Nov. 20, 21, or 22)

Ages: Kindergarten 4-5 years old. Offered Monday - Wednesday, Nov. 20, 21 or 22. Sign up for any one day or all three. From giant eagle claws to small ant jaws, all animals have unique spoons and forks. Join us as we explore the sweet adaptations that allow animals to enjoy their tasty meals! Registration is required.

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Special Holiday Stroller Safari: Beast Feast

Ages 1-4 with adult. Offered November 22. This special Holiday Edition Stroller Safari allows us to practice our kitchen prep the day before Thanksgiving! Registrants will prepare a fun feast for some zoo animals, and participate in other fall themed sensory activities! Registration is required.

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Stroller Safaris: Nocturnal November

Ages 1-4 years with adult. Offered: November 30. Participants will explore the zoo, searching and learning about animals that are most active in the evening hours, but sometimes can be encouraged to wake up during the day to say hello to groups like ours! Registration is required and open online now.

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Kinder Kingdom: Snowy Shelters

Ages: Kindergarten Learners, 4-5 years old. Offered on Sat., December 2. When the snow comes, we aren't the only ones who want to take shelter in our homes! Together we will plunge into the different types of shelters that animals make in the winter and how they keep them protected from the cold weather. Registration is required.

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Outdoor School: Winter Woodlands

Ages 3rd-5th grades. Let’s learn how our local forests and wild residents are changing and adapting as the colder weather approaches. We’ll explore the zoo’s nature trail and meet zoo residents to learn firsthand how plants and animals prepare for winter. **Purchase of program includes daytime admission for participants. Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: From Pride to Pack

Ages: 1st - 8th grades; Elementary & Middle School groups.
Whether it’s hunting as a team or hiding amongst the crowd, there is certainly an advantage in sticking together. Join us as we explore the many different animal groups and the advantages of having numbers in the wild! Registration is required.

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Outdoor School: Birding for Beginners

Ages 1st - 5th grades. Let’s explore the birds who are tough enough to stick around through winter. We’ll learn about local species and their unique adaptations that allow them to survive through the cold. We’ll even meet residents here at the zoo and discover unique ways to attract birds to our homes! **Purchase of program includes daytime admission for participants. Registration is required.

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Teen Community Workshop: On the Prowl

Ages: Middle School & High School. Come explore the wild families of Felines & Canines! Through hands-on activities and observing resident animals we’ll learn about the unique adaptations that allow these family groups to be such successful hunters. Registration is required and closes 48 hours prior to the program.

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Stroller Safaris: Wild in Winter

Event Series Stroller Safaris: Wild in Winter

Ages 1-4 years with adult. Offered: December 16. Participants will learn about native Colorado species and create safe feeders to help wild animals near their homes find food in the colder months (almond butter, bird seed, cranberries, etc.)! Registration is required and open online now.

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Outdoor School: Wilderness Survival

Ages: Middle School & High School. Winter brings an extra challenge to the outdoors. Let’s put our survival skills to the test as we learn how to build proper shelters and practice safe fire building techniques. **Purchase of this program includes daytime admission for participants. Registration is required.

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Special Holiday Stroller Safari: Happy HOWLidays

Ages 1-4 with adult. Offered December 21 only. This special Holiday Edition Stroller Safari includes a special demo with our wolves. We will also learn about how animals and people all over the world choose to spend their holiday seasons! Registration is required.

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Electric Safari – (Nightly until January 1, 2024)

Event Series Electric Safari – (Dec. 1-3, 8-23, 25-January 1, 2024)

All ages. Celebrate 27 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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Winter Break Day Camps (1st-6th Grades) – Jan. 2-5

Outdoor School: Winter Wild

Ages: Middle School & High School. Every living thing in Colorado must find a way to adapt to the cold as winter approaches. Whether they choose to hibernate, migrate, or tolerate each must put their skills to the test in order to survive. **Purchase of program includes daytime admission for participants. Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Hunt & Hide

Ages: 1st - 8th grades; Elementary & Middle School groups. Embark on a thrilling journey with “Hunt & Hide” as we explore the fascinating world of Predators & Prey. From understanding animal adaptations to exploring the delicate balance of nature, learners will make new discoveries of our wild neighbors. Registration is required.

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Outdoor School: Animal Tracking 101

Ages: 3rd - 5th grades. Take a dive into the lives of the animals that stick around for winter! Come explore the zoo’s nature trail to see what wildlife calls Cheyenne Mountain home even during the cold season. We’ll practice identifying tracks, scat, and even try our hand at some tracking techniques that professional biologists use in the field! **Purchase of program includes daytime admission for participants. Registration is required.

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Teen Community Workshop: Exploring Enrichment

Ages: Middle School & High School. Whether it’s taking your dog on a walk or giving your cat some toys, we are always providing our animals enrichment in their daily lives. But how do we do the same for more exotic animals in human care? Join us as we dive into the importance of zoo enrichment and even try our hands at making some for our residents! Registration is required and closes 48 hours prior to the program.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. (Jan. 23)

Event Series Paint. Sip. Safari. (Jan. 9 or 23)

Ages 21+. Offered on January 23 with a sloth 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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Teen Community Workshop: Designed Behavior

Ages: Middle School & High School. Come learn how zoos design their animal exhibits and provide the best homes possible for their wild residents. We’ll study exhibits right here at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and see how the design can ultimately influence the behavior of wildlife in human care. Registration is required and closes 48 hours prior to the program.

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Stroller Safaris: Jumping in January (Jan. 27, 31)

Event Series Stroller Safaris: Jumping in January

Ages 1-4 years with adult. Offered: January 11, 19, 27 & 31. This month we are kicking off the New Year by jumping right in and meeting some animals who are really good at this method of locomotion! Families will also get to show off their own jumping skills! Registration is required and open online now.

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Teen Program Summer Season 2024 – Applications Open (Feb. 1-14)

Ages: Middle and High School, 6th - 12th grades. Summer Session runs May 27 – August 9, 2024 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, 2024.

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EARLY BIRD Members Only & General Summer Camp Registration

Mark your calendars - EARLY BIRD pricing and an exclusive member's only summer camp registration period will be open February 1-5! Then, Early Bird registration continues for the general public, February 6-15, 2024. Summer Camp programs will be available to children in preschool through 8th grade. Register your wild ones early as camps fill quickly.

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Outdoor School: Mindfulness by Nature

Ages: Middle School & High School. No matter the season, getting outside can be a boost for your mental health. Join us as we explore the zoo’s nature trail and learn to connect more deeply with our wild spaces. **Purchase of program includes daytime admission for participants. Registration is required.

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Vote for CMZoo for BEST ZOO and BEST ZOO EXHIBIT 2024

Last year, you voted Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the fourth Best Zoo and second Best Zoo Exhibit (for Rocky Mountain Wild) in North America in USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards Program. We have once again been nominated, and we need your votes! You can vote once a day, every single day from now through 9:59 a.m. MT Monday, March 4. Thanks for your support, and happy voting!

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Special Valentine’s Day Stroller Safari: Feathered Friends (Feb. 14)

Ages 1-4 years with adult. Offered: February 14 only. This month we will be focusing on birds! Participants will get a chance to meet a variety of feathered friends and make enrichment for native bird species! Registration is required and open online now.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Colorful Creatures

Ages: 1st - 8th grades; Elementary & Middle School groups. Dive into the captivating realm of camouflage strategies and communication tools found in nature's palette. During this program we will explore the mysteries of animal coloration and illuminate the fascinating science behind the hues of the world. Registration is required.

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Outdoor School: Home Sweet Habitat

Ages: K-2nd grades. What makes a good habitat? How do animals build their homes to stay warm in winter? In this young learners program we’ll navigate the zoo to learn how animals build different homes to survive the winter. **Purchase of program includes daytime admission for participants. Registration is required.

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Hiring Event

Event Series Hiring Event

Ages 18+. We have several part-time guest experience and food service positions available! Stop by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Saturday, Feb. 17 or Sunday, Feb. 18, anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. to share your resume and interview for one of our part-time positions.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. (Feb. 6 or 21)

Event Series Paint. Sip. Safari. (Feb. 6 or 21)

Ages 21+. Offered on February 6 or 21 with a hippo 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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Kinder Kingdom: Tiny Tracks

Ages 4-5 years, PreK-K. Dive into a world of animal footprints and explore the stories written in the tiny tracks left behind by creatures big and small. Through scavenger hunts, identification, and storytelling, we will uncover big discoveries. Registration is required.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Feb. 24, Mar. 9, Apr. 20 )

Event Series Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+

Adults 21+. OfferedFeb. 14 sold out., Feb. 24, Mar. 9 & Apr. 20. 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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Stroller Safaris: Feathered Friends February (Feb. 8, 17, 23, 29)

Help us celebrate $5 MILLION RAISED FOR CONSERVATION!

All ages. Throughout the Zoo on Sunday, March 3, 2024, guests can check out special keeper talks, informational conservation booths, and a learn and earn free animal feeding opportunity - all day long! Advance daytime admission tickets required and are on sale now.

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