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 Camp: The Colorful World of Skunks

All ages. Offered throughout January. 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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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. 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 14th, 2023.

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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 1-8! Then, Early Bird registration continues for the general public, February 9-15, 2023. During this registration event, members can take advantage of the lowest prices for summer camp offered for the entire season February 1-8. 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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Family Camp (February & March) – Underfoot & Misunderstood

All ages. Offered throughout February & March. Naked mole rats are mighty, yet misjudged. Join us as we discover what makes these animals neither a mole, nor naked. Together we will discover just how nifty our naked mole rats really are. Tour Area: Water's Edge: Africa & Primate World. Registration is required.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. – (Jan. 24, Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 7, 21, Apr. 12, 26, May 17, 24)

Ages 21+. Offered on Jan. 24, Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 7, 21, Apr. 12, 26, May 17, 24 . 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: Feathered Friends February (Feb. 4, 10, 18, 22)

Vote for CMZoo for BEST ZOO and BEST ZOO EXHIBIT 2023

Last year, you voted Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the third 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 10 a.m. MT Monday, March 6. Thanks for your support, and happy voting!

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

Ages 5 years and older. Offered 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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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Feb. 10, 11, Mar. 9)

Adults 21+. Offered Jan. 17 (other dates of Jan. 7 & 21 are sold out). 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.

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Hiring Event

Ages 18+. We have multiple part-time guest experience and food service positions available! Stop by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Sun., Feb. 12 anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. to share your resume and interview for one of our part-time positions.

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Special Holiday Stroller Safaris: Lustrous Lovebirds (Feb. 14)

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered February 14 only, limited capacity. This special Holiday edition Stroller Safari includes a special animal demo, meeting birds around the zoo, and creating a birdhouse to take home so that your backyard lovebirds can have somewhere to raise their family! Registration is required and open online now. (If dates are sold out, you can be added to our waitlist by completing this form.)

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

Ages 21+. Offered Feb. 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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Outdoor School: Winter Homes (Ages3+ w/Adult) – Feb. 18

Ages 3 and up with one adult. Many animals tend to stay throughout the winter in Colorado and embrace the cold just like us! In this hands-on, kids friendly workshop we’ll learn about the different types of homes animals make in winter. We’ll even make our very own bird houses that you can paint and bring home! Registration is required and closes 7 days prior to workshop date.

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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. PLEASE NOTE: This program is sold out. 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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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. This program is sold out.

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Career Exploration: Outdoor Explorer and Adventure Trip Guide

Ages: 9th-12th Grade - offered Saturday, March 4. Outdoor adventure guides love nature and thrive in the wilderness. They are passionate about enriching lives through unique outdoor experiences and building nature connections. This workshop is interactive and activity based so expect to be moving around. Registration is required and closes 7 days prior to the workshop date.

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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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Kinder Kingdom: Moonlit March

Ages 4-5 years old. Kinder Kingdom is a half-day, camp-like setting that allows your little wanderers to create a connection with nature and new friends. As the sun goes down and the moon comes up, these animals come out to play. Together we will learn about nocturnal animals and the advantages of playing under the moonlight. Registration is required.

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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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Spring Break Day Camps – (March 27, 28, 29, 30, 31)

Grades PreK-6th. (Half-day camps for PreK/K ). Offered March 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31. Register for a single day or all five! Engage, Embark, Explore. Voyage with us as we look at our everyday world through the lens of curiosity. Together we will explore the various regions of our world and discover what makes each region unique. Each day of Spring Break Camp will explore a different region and the wild things that thrive there. Registration is required and is open online. Spring Break Camp 2023 is completely sold out. If you would like to be on a wait list, please email [email protected]

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Family Camp (April & May) – Trendy Tegus

All ages. Offered throughout April & May. Get ready for the runway as we investigate why animals, specifically lavish lizards, wear different colors and accessories. Together we will take a look at tegu scales, jaws, and jowls, and discuss how they help tegus in many ways. Tour Area: Australia Walkabout & Scutes Family Gallery. 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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Kinder Kingdom: Aquatic April

Ages 4-5 years old. Kinder Kingdom is a half-day, camp-like setting that allows your little wanderers to create a connection with nature and new friends. As the sun goes down and the moon comes up, these animals come out to play. Splash into Spring at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as we dive into adaptations that allow animals to live on both land and in water. 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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Kinder Kingdom: Musical May

Ages 4-5 years old. Kinder Kingdom is a half-day, camp-like setting that allows your little wanderers to create a connection with nature and new friends. As the sun goes down and the moon comes up, these animals come out to play. The hills are alive with the sound of nature! Listen to the elephants’ trumpet, woodpeckers drum, and frogs sing as we learn about nature’s animal orchestra. 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)

Recurring Event Run to the Shrine (May 20 & 21)

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 open January 31, 2023.

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Summer Camps – May

Ages Pre-K to 8th grade. Weekdays, May 29 - August 11, 2023. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer Classic camps and Camp WILDer adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. These camps aim to empower us to live through nature (so please expect to get dirty and spend ample time outdoors). Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Pre-K & K half day full week, and K-8th grade full week camps. Single day camps are offered only on July 5, 6, 7. New this year: Exclusive EARLY BIRD registration for members only, Feb. 1-8, then for everyone Feb. 9-15. Normal camp registration pricing begins Feb. 16, 2023.

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Summer Camps – June

Ages Pre-K to 8th grade. Weekdays, May 29 - August 11, 2023. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer Classic camps and Camp WILDer adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. These camps aim to empower us to live through nature (so please expect to get dirty and spend ample time outdoors). Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Pre-K & K half day full week, and K-8th grade full week camps. Single day camps are offered only on July 5, 6, 7. New this year: Exclusive EARLY BIRD registration for members only, Feb. 1-8, then for everyone Feb. 9-15. Normal camp registration pricing begins Feb. 16, 2023.

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Unique & Differing Needs Camp – Ages 7-11* – Movin’ & Groovin’ – June 10

*Ages 7-11. Offered on Saturday June 10 or July 15 only. *This camp is specially designed for campers ages 7 -11 with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, developmental disabilities/delays or medical fragility. Campers, their caregiver, and Camp Mentors will skip, boogie, and roll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as we learn the different movements our animals make and why it is beneficial to their wellbeing. (One caregiver may also attend this camp without an additional fee.) Registration is required and is open online.

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Summer Camps – July

Ages Pre-K to 8th grade. Weekdays, May 29 - August 11, 2023. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer Classic camps and Camp WILDer adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. These camps aim to empower us to live through nature (so please expect to get dirty and spend ample time outdoors). Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Pre-K & K half day full week, and K-8th grade full week camps. Single day camps are offered only on July 5, 6, 7. New this year: Exclusive EARLY BIRD registration for members only, Feb. 1-8, then for everyone Feb. 9-15. Normal camp registration pricing begins Feb. 16, 2023.

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Unique & Differing Needs Camp – Ages 7-11* – Movin’ & Groovin’ – July 15

*Ages 7-11. Offered on Saturday June 10 or July 15 only. *This camp is specially designed for campers ages 7 -11 with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, developmental disabilities/delays or medical fragility. Campers, their caregiver, and Camp Mentors will skip, boogie, and roll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as we learn the different movements our animals make and why it is beneficial to their wellbeing. (One caregiver may also attend this camp without an additional fee.) Registration is required and is open online.

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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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Summer Camps – August

Ages Pre-K to 8th grade. Weekdays, May 29 - August 11, 2023. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer Classic camps and Camp WILDer adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. These camps aim to empower us to live through nature (so please expect to get dirty and spend ample time outdoors). Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Pre-K & K half day full week, and K-8th grade full week camps. Single day camps are offered only on July 5, 6, 7. New this year: Exclusive EARLY BIRD registration for members only, Feb. 1-8, then for everyone Feb. 9-15. Normal camp registration pricing begins Feb. 16, 2023.

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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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