Family Camp – Fall in Love with Feathers (November)

All ages. Book your family fun with us today! If you're thankful and you know it, flap your wings! As we reflect on all things to be thankful for this month, we invite you to join us as we learn about a few animals whose contributions fly under the radar. We will even get to see a chicken soar into our hearts! Ambassador Animal: My Big Backyard chickens. Tour Area: My Big Backyard. Registration is required.

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Vote for Electric Safar for Best Zoo Lights!

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electric Safari has once again been nominated in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Zoo Lights in North America. Last year, we were ranked 3 rd Best Zoo Lights in this friendly competition among zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We’d love your support to stay high in the rankings! You can vote here for CMZoo daily at through Monday, December 5 at 9:59 a.m. MT.

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Vote on a Name for Bailey’s Giraffe Calf

In celebration of our baby giraffe's one-month birthday, we have some exciting news! YOU can help us decide by voting for your favorite name! Cast your vote in the poll below. The names were chosen by our giraffe care team, specifically for the female calf. VOTE NOW by selecting your favorite option! Each person can vote once during the voting period per unique email address. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. MT, Sunday, November 27, 2022.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. – (Nov. 29, Jan. 11, 24, Feb. 7, 21 )

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Ages 21+. Offered on Nov. 29, Jan. 11, 24, Feb. 7, 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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Stroller Safaris: Nocturnal November (Nov. 19, 26, 30)

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Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered November 19, 26 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. Nov. 19 & 26 are sold out. To be added to our waitlist complete this form.

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Family Camp: The Colorful World of Skunks

All ages. Book your family fun with us today! The world of skunks is not as black and white as it appears! You red that right: discover how they avoid the blues, what greens they enjoy, and so much more! Hue won't want to miss this! Ambassador Animal: striped skunks. Tour Area: Rocky Mountain Wild. Registration is required.

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Electric Safari – (Dec. 2-4, 9-23, 25-January 1, 2023)

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All ages. Celebrate 26 nights of holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Electric Safari has been ranked Third Best Zoo Lights in U.S. by USA TODAY’S 10Best three years in a row: 2019, 2020 and 2021! 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 our larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals! Advance timed tickets are required, must be purchased in advance and are subject to selling out. Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, Nov. 7.

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Outdoor School: Kids Only: Artists in Nature (Ages 6-10) – Dec. 3

Ages 6-10. Come explore your artistic side in this kids-only workshop! Join zoo staff as we explore the zoo’s nature trail and learn to use natural materials to make art. You will have free range of nature’s resources to create whatever you would like and will only be limited by your own imagination. *Cost of program will include zoo admission for the participant. Registration is required and closes 48 hours prior to the day of the program.

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Outdoor School: Kids Only: Forts & Fire Building (Ages 8-12) – Dec 4

Ages 8-12. Come learn some new outdoor skills and put them to the test on the zoo’s very own Nature Trail. With a zoo guide you will learn how to best use the materials around you to construct a nature fort that will keep you protected from the elements. You will then learn the best practices and techniques for building a safe fire to help keep you warm in colder weather. *Program cost will include zoo admission for the participant. Registration is required and will close 48 hours prior to the day of the program.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Nov. 16, Dec. 6, Jan. 7, 21)

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Adults 21+. Offered Nov. 16, Dec. 6, Jan. 7, 21. 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 when any of our Date Night Starlight Safaris become sold out, please submit this form to us.)

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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, Larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals! Moonlight on the Mountain! Advance timed e-tickets must be purchased in advance, and are subject to selling out. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.) Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, Nov. 7.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Wild Winter

Ages: Middle School. (Elementary school is sold out.) Winter is coming…and with it some major changes to our Zoo! Join us at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as we dive into the lives of our resident animals during the cold season. Through hands-on experiences, we’ll learn about cold weather adaptations, habitat changes, and how we care for our residents right here at the zoo when the weather gets frigid. Registration is required.

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Stroller Safari: Wild in Winter in December

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Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered December 10, 16, 21 & 28. 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.

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Outdoor School: Nature Ornaments – Children All Ages w/Adult (Dec. 11)

Ages: Any age children w/adult. Join us in a fun natural crafts workshop to celebrate the upcoming holiday season! Together we will collect natural materials from around the zoo and create our very own nature ornaments. This will be a hands-on workshop for guests of all ages to enjoy and best of all, you’ll get to take home your very own holiday decoration! *There must be one adult for every child that attends. Registration is required and closes 48 hours before the program.

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Teen Community Workshop: Wild Wings (6th-8th Grade)

Ages: Middle school / 6th-8th Grade. Come learn from Zoo staff as we explore the brilliant world of birds! We’ll dive into the unique lives of both native and exotic species and learn about the adaptations that make them so successful. We’ll see firsthand how keepers train and care for our birds and even get to meet a resident up close. *Registration for this program will close 48 hours prior to the day of the program. Registration is required and closes 48 hours prior to the program.

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Winter Break Day Camps – (Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30)

Ages PreK-6th grade - Offered as day camps Monday - Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30. PreK is a half-day 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1st-6th grade is a full day 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Theme: Winer Around the World. As the weather outside is frightful, the animals are so delightful! Animals all around the world prepare for winter differently, join us as we learn about our hungry, sleepy, and cold animal friends! Registration is required. (Note: PreK-K and 1st-2nd Grade camps are sold out. Dec. 29 is sold out 3rd-6th Grades.)

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Creature Connections – Mammal Mania: Dec. 31 – Feb. 10

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This 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 will also need to get your advanced timed ticket into the Zoo.

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Family Night Starlight Safari (Jan. 5)

All ages. Offered Thursday, Jan. 5. Enjoy a night at the Zoo with your family and spend quality time strolling among the stars, roasting s'mores, learning about animals, and watching the kiddos light up! This program is built for families and includes a guided Zoo tour after hours where you'll learn about the similarities and differences in family structures as compared to us humans and our habitats and environments that allow us to all thrive. We will break up into small groups with 2-3 families in a group for a more intimate tour experience. All families will get an opportunity to meet an animal ambassador up close in the Loft, roast s'mores (back up dessert will be provided if inclement weather) and feed our tower of giraffe. Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: UnZOOsual Careers

Ages: Elementary (1st-5th) or Middle School (6th-8th). From studying animal diets to choosing plants for animal habitats, there is much more than just being a zookeeper. Join us as we tour the zoo and meet with staff to learn about some of the more unZOOsual careers within this field. Registration is required.

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Outdoor School: Basket Weaving for Beginners (Jan. 27-29)

Ages 12+ no experience required. This is a 2.5-day course. Your very own handmade basket: it's beautiful, highly functional, and can be made using simple materials. The first part of the class will be spent preparing the reed for your basket and designing the basket shape and style. Next, you'll weave the basket and finish it with a rim, and design if you choose. The finished basket will be a beautiful and utilitarian piece of your home. It’s a classic project you’ll enjoy for years to come. Registration is required and closes 15 days prior to the program.

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Teen Community Workshop: Animal Training 101 (6th-12th Grade)

Ages: 6th-12th Grade. Come learn the basics of animal training in zoos! Join Zoo staff and one of our Zoo teens as you to try your hand at training some of our animal ambassadors. Registration is required and closes 48 hours prior to the program.

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Teen Program Summer Season 2023 – Applications Open (Feb. 1-14)

Ages: Middle and High School, 6th - 12th grades. Summer Session runs May 19 – August 8, 2023 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.

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Teen Community Workshop: Predator & Prey (6th-12th Grade)

Ages: 6th-12th Grade. Come explore the dynamic relationships between predators and prey. For centuries animals have adapted to overcome one another and better their chances for survival. Join us in this unique workshop as we meet both predator and prey species and dive into the adaptations that make each so successful. Registration is required and closes 48 hours prior to the program.

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Kids Only Valentine’s Day Starlight Safari Pizza Party & Tour – (Feb. 10 or 11)

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Ages 5 years and older. Offered Friday, February 10 or Saturday, February 11, 2023. Enjoy a night off while your kids have a blast at our Kids Only Valentines evening tour. Drop off the kiddos for an amazing night filled with pizza, animals, and nature connection right here on the mountainside. We will start the night with a pizza party and dessert before we adventure among the stars to visit our animal friends during a private evening tour. We will tour multiple animal buildings and get to meet an animal friend up close! Registration is required.

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Valentine’s Love is in the Air Date Night, Adults Only 21+ – (Feb. 10, 11, 14)

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Ages 21+. Offered Feb. 10., 11 or 14. Want a change of scenery for a date night with a special someone? Come join us under the stars for an adults only private evening tour of our mountainside Zoo to celebrate Valentine's Day. Start the evening with an adult beverage and then we will 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! Your guide will focus on "Love is in the Air" themes from the animal kingdom. This program is for adults only. Registration is required.

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Queen of the Kingdom Starlight Safari – Adults 21+ (Feb. 22)

Adults 21+. Offered Feb. 22. This women only evening program will highlight the powerful female animals in our collection, and their place in the hierarchy in the wild animal kingdom. Start the evening with an adult beverage and then enjoy an evening of storytelling on your guided tour of a few animal areas. Your guide will share the empowering stories of the queens of the animal kingdom and the role they play in the wild. Get an opportunity to meet an animal ambassador up close in the Loft and feed our tower of giraffe. This program is inclusive to all who identify as female. This program is for adults only, 21+. Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Enrichment Extravaganza

Ages: Elementary (1st-5th) or Middle School (6th-8th). Learn about the importance of enrichment in zoos and try your hand at creating your own for some of our resident animals! Registration is required.

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Giraffic World Starlight Safari – Kids Only (Mar. 4)

Ages 5+. Offered Saturday, March 4. Have you heard the joke about giraffe necks? It's a LONG one... Come learn all about our giraffe tower during this Giraffe themed Kids Only Starlight Safari. After crafting our very own set of ossicones to wear for the evening, we'll have a pizza party, roast s'mores, enjoy a guided evening tour, feed our giraffe herd some of their favorite snacks, and we'll meet an animal up close! This program is a drop-off and pick-up program for kids only. Registration is required.

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Creature Connections – Feathered Fun: Mar. 11 – Apr. 21

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This 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 will also need to get your advanced timed ticket into the Zoo.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Rambunctious Reptiles

Ages: Elementary (1st-5th) or Middle School (6th-8th). Join us to learn about our scaly bodied, cold blooded reptiles through curiosity and exploration! Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Compassionate Conservationists

Ages: Elementary (1st-5th) or Middle School (6th-8th). As we celebrate the Earth and all it has provided for us, join us as we discover ways to protect its wild animals and wild places. Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Mighty Megafauna

Ages: Elementary (1st-5th) or Middle School (6th-8th). Megafauna comprises the largest animals on Earth. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is lucky enough to be home to 4 of the 5 most common species! Join us to learn about these prodigious and powerful animals. Registration is required.

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Creature Connections – Awesome Amphibians: May 20-June 30

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This 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 will also need to get your advanced timed ticket into the Zoo.

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Run to the Shrine (May 20 & 21)

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites all ages of world class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine, offered on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday May 21, 2023. 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. Registration is required and will be available closer to the event.

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Tails & Tunes

Join us for Tails & Tunes! Enjoy a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Dinner will be available for purchase and your entry includes two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. Advanced tickets are required and will be on sale closer to the event.

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Creature Connections – Rocking Reptiles: July 29 – Sept. 8

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This 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 will also need to get your advanced timed ticket into the Zoo.

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Tails & Tunes

Join us for Tails & Tunes! Enjoy a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Dinner will be available for purchase and your entry includes two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. Advanced tickets are required and will be on sale closer to the event.

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Teen Program Off-Season Winter Session 2023 – Applications Open (Sept. 1-10)

Ages: Middle and High School, 6th - 12th grades. Winter Off-Session runs Nov. 12 - Feb.12, 2024 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, march on up to the Zoo! Check back closer to the event for more details.

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