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September 2021

AAZK’s Cheers for Rhinos

Black rhino eating grass
Friday, September 3, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

AAZK of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo presents our annual brewery fundraiser, Cheers for Rhinos! Swing by the Happy Tap on September 3rd to support the conservation of these critically endangered giant mammals. The brewery will be donating $1 of every pint sold all day to rhino conservation. Roc and Ro Sushi will be the food truck and they too are donating a portion of their food sales to rhinos!

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Hands-On Homeschool: Wildlife Mysteries – Sept. 18

Zoo staff sharing animal amabassador with family program children
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 1st - 6th grades. Investigate with us as we uncover the mysteries of the animal kingdom. Why do zebras have stripes? How do butterflies migrate without getting lost? Why do gall wasps look like berries? Join us as we answer some of the most debated questions of the wild world. Registration is required.

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Teens Only Starlight Safari – Sept. 18

Roasting s'mores before an evening tour at the Zoo
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Ages: Middle and High School students. Teenagers only for this fun community Starlight Safari where we will roast s'mores and walk among the stars as we tour our Zoo amidst the dark skies! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Teens – Animal Photography 101 – Sept. 25

Teen photography workshop
Saturday, September 25, 2021 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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AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos Fundraiser

Bowling for Rhinos AAZK fundraiser scene at bowling alley
Thursday, September 30, 2021 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

Teens – Raptors in Our World – (Oct. 23)

Wild raptor on a branch
Saturday, October 23, 2021 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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November 2021

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

Boy guest with skunk and spoon during Creature Connection session
Monday, November 1, 2021 - Friday, November 19, 2021

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 eticket into the Zoo.

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

North American porcupine Kale in a tree
Monday, November 22, 2021 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

Note: All Fall Break camps are sold out. To be added to a waitlist, please email [email protected]. 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

Winter Break Day Camps – (Dec. 20-23, 27-30)

Two rabbits one white, one gray on grass
Monday, December 20, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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One event on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, December 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Monday, December 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 1st - 6th grade. Offered as single day camps on weekdays of December 20 - 23 & 27 - 30. Have you ever wanted to follow a rabbit all the way to its burrow? Or wondered what's inside an orangutan's toolbox? Join us as we investigate the amazing world of animal architects and the different tools they like to use! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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January 2022

Family Camp January: Amazing Armadillos

Armadillo left side walking on dirt area
Saturday, January 1 at 9 a.m. - Monday, January 31 at 5 p.m.

All ages. Book any time in January during regular Zoo hours. We are not the only ones who celebrate special times with extra food! Did you know that armadillos are closely related to sloths? Or that contrary to popular belief, most armadillos cannot fully enclose themselves in their shells? Join us as we investigate the amazing adaptations of these "little armored" creatures. Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slots to keep safety our number one priority. Registration one week in advance is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Birds of a Feather – Jan. 13

Pink-backed pelican with wings out inside penguin area in Water's Edge Africa
Thursday, January 13 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 1st - 5th grade. Come soar into the world of flight, feathers, and fascination as we meet some of the coolest birds around! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Hands-On Homeschool: The Odd & Unique Part 2 – Jan. 27

Axolotl photo blue color, front facing the camera
Thursday, January 27 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6th - 8th Grades. join us for experiential learning through hands-on engagement. Naked Mole Rats, Axolotls, Walking Stick Bugs, Emus and Tapirs; these animals may seem a bit odd but they are some of the most incredible species on our planet. Come join us for Part 2 at the Zoo as we dive into the lives of some of the strangest animals and their unique adaptations. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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February 2022

Hands-On Homeschool – In My Backyard

Canada lynx
Thursday, February 10 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 1st-5th grade. Explore the Rocky Mountains and discover what animals live right in our backyard! We will discuss local flora and fauna to discover how our closest ecosystem operates. Meet one of our local animal heroes up close as we learn how we can better protect the environment around us. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Native Predator & Prey

Mountain lion Adira portrait
Thursday, February 17 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6th-8th Grade. Join us at the Zoo as we learn about what defines an animal as a predator or prey species. We'll discuss unique predator-prey interactions and the balance they help keep within ecosystems. Through hands-on activities and observing resident animals around the Zoo we’ll learn about the different adaptations that allow certain predator and prey species to be so successful. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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March 2022

Protecting the Future Together – Member Voting

Q4C Member Voting graphic photos of each animal project option
Friday, March 18 at 8 a.m. - Sunday, March 27 at 5 p.m.

Members, the Zoo needs your help deciding which field conservation efforts to fund! Each year, we set aside $75,000 of membership revenue to fund field conservation around the world. The top three projects will receive full funding. All of your votes will help determine how we allocate the remaining funds to wildlife conservation. These funds are only possible because of your membership - your vote will help decide which conservation efforts will receive funding this year. Please check your email for a members-only link to vote!

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Spring Break Day Camps – (Mar. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)

African elephant at CMZoo enjoying a bath
Monday, March 21 at 9 a.m. - Friday, March 25 at 4 p.m.

Ages 1st - 6th grade. Offered as single day camps on weekdays of March 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 2022. Theme: Incredible Innate Behaviors! – How does an elephant know when to migrate? Or how does an animal know to “play possum” for safety? Come and discover the amazing innate behaviors animals use throughout the wild world! Registration is required. Online registration is open. Spring Break Day Camps are SOLD OUT. To be added to a wait list, email [email protected].

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April 2022

Family Camp April – Magnificent Marsupials

Virginia opossum portrait
Friday, April 1 at 9 a.m. - Saturday, April 30 at 5 p.m.

All ages. Book any time in April during regular Zoo hours. Marsupials are magnificent animals! They are great at climbing, digging, and some are even great at hopping. Join us as we uncover the mysteries behind the unique marsupials at the Zoo. We will even meet Hutch, a Virginia opossum, to get an up close look at these pouched creatures. Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slots to keep safety our number one priority. Registration one week in advance is required.

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Stroller Safaris: Awesome Amphibians in April!

Marge frog left side portrait
Saturday, April 9 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered on April 30. This month we are focusing on toads, frogs, newts and salamanders! Participants will get a chance to meet some of these animals and make their very own amphibian slime to take home and explore more! Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Nature’s Builders

American beaver Ginger dragging a branch
Thursday, April 14 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 1st-5th grade. Animals are experts when it comes to building with raw materials! Join us as we learn about nature’s construction workers and their purpose in our environment. We will even try our hand at building with natural materials. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Endangered Species Day

Endangered species day school children booth areas
Friday, April 15 at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Ages K - 12th Grade. Join us for this fun learning experience, where your students will enjoy peer-to-peer learning about endangered species from all over the world and dIscover how the Endangered Species Act helps wildlife through interactive stations around the Zoo! Registration is required.

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Saturdays for Scouts: Eco Learner (Daisy Workshop)

Opossum walking
Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Nature is all around us, it is the gift that keeps on giving! Come learn how we can help nature stay beautiful through the exploration and appreciation of local flora and fauna. We will even meet a fun animal ambassador who lives right in our own backyard! Registration is required.

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Stroller Safaris: An Easter EGGstravaganza!

Rabbit in a log at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Sunday, April 17 at 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered only on April 17. This special Holiday edition Stroller Safari includes a visit with our resident rabbits and egg decorating! Participants will also learn how eggs are connected to lots of other animals around the zoo too! Registration is required. This Stroller Safaris is sold out. To be on a waitlist please complete this form.

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Saturdays for Scouts: Bugs (Brownies Workshop)

Tarantula
Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Did you know that bugs are super important to the world around us? Well actually, they are! Join us as we explore the giant world of bugs, meet bugs up close, and find out why they are a very important puzzle piece to our planet. Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Ecosystem Engineers

Five black-footed ferrets peeking up atop dirt pile at the camera
Friday, April 29 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6th-8th grade. Many animals play a crucial role in their habitats but did you know that some species can change their entire ecosystems? Join us at CMZ as we delve into the world of Ecosystem Engineers. Through hands-on activities and observing resident animals we’ll learn how certain species can alter entire landscapes. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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May 2022

Vote for CMZoo for BEST ZOO and BEST ZOO EXHIBIT 2022

Sunday, May 1 at 10 a.m. - Monday, May 23 at 10 a.m.

Last year, you voted Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the fourth Best Zoo and third 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, May 23. Winners will be announced Friday, June 3. Thanks for your support, and happy voting!

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Stroller Safaris: Magnificent Moms!

Zambezi and Omo in the water, faces looking at you
Wednesday, May 4 at 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered only on May 4. This special Holiday Edition Stroller Safari is all about our Magnificent Moms....including you! Come join us for a fabulous fun adventure as we visit other mother's around the Zoo!! Registration is required. This Stroller Safaris is SOLD OUT. To be on a waitlist, please complete this form.)

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Hands-On Homeschool – Wild & Weird

Ground hornbill portrait
Thursday, May 5 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 1st-5th grade. Journey with us as we discover some of the strangest animals at the Zoo and their unique adaptations. We will meet a few of the animals up close along the way and create our own uniquely built creature. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Saturdays for Scouts: Animal Habitats (Juniors Workshop)

American beaver Ginger dragging a branch
Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

What makes a good habitat for a wild animal? How do we protect the animal habitats around us? Have you ever made a habitat for an animal? Journey with us as we discover what wild animals need in their wild places and practice making the perfect animal habitat of your own for one of our smallest Zoo creatures. Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Reptile Rampage

American alligators - three by the water
Thursday, May 12 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6th-8th grade. Reptiles are some of the oldest animals on our planet, many surviving through the era of dinosaurs! Some species, such as crocodilians, still look the same as they did millions of years ago but what makes these animals so resilient? Join us at CMZ as we learn about what makes these misunderstood creatures so amazing. We’ll study their unique adaptations and possibly even meet some of our very own residents here at the Zoo. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Stroller Safaris: Master Migrators in May!

Butterfly on Echinecea flower
Friday, May 13 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered on May 13, 14, 18 & 25. Things are finally warming up outside and that means animals will be moving back to their "summer homes" soon. This month we will learn what migration is and meet some animals who are master migrators! Registration is required.

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Run to the Shrine (May 14 & 15)

Run to the Shrine sold out Saturday May 14, 2022 graphic
Saturday, May 14 at 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites all ages of world class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine, offered on Saturday May 14, or Sunday May 15, 2022. 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. Register for Sunday, May 15, 2022 today! (May 14 is sold out!)

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Annual Plant Sale – In-Person (May 20-21-22)

Shop the Annual Plant Sale Online Only this year, April 13-May 3, 2020
Friday, May 20 at 8 a.m. - Sunday, May 22 at 5 p.m.

Our 2022 Plant Sale is IN-PERSON ONLY this year - while supplies last! Join us at the Zoo and shop for your favorites on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, May 20, 21 & 22 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Plant sale varieties include perennials, grasses, shrubs and vines. The Plant Sale will be open while supplies last. If we sell out, we'll close down for the year. We will post updates here. All of the proceeds benefit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  (Please note: NO shipping or delivery is available, Zoo in-person shopping only).

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June 2022

Member Appreciation Night

Nile hippo Kasai by the waterfall in Water's Edge: Africa
Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Zoo Members only - We appreciate you, so join us and your favorite animals for our first after-hours members-only event of the summer! 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. We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo! Check your membership email for more details.

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Teen Community Program: Teen Zootography

Teens photographing a tortoise
Saturday, June 4 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Middle School and High School. Join us at the Zoo as we put our photography skills to the test! Join the CMZ education team as we show you some of the basic skills needed to photograph wildlife and wild places. We will learn how photography can play a role in conservation and even try our hand at photographing some Zoo animals. *Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of this program. Registration is required.

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Zoo Ball 2022 – Party Your Tail Off Auction!

Zoo Ball 2022 graphic
Monday, June 13 at 12 p.m. - Saturday, June 18 at 7:15 p.m.

Online Auction June 13 -18. We hope you’ll join us for Zoo Ball 2022 featuring both an in-person black-tie gala and a fabulously unique online auction (black-tie optional!), there’s something for everyone with this annual fundraising event. Whether you’re joining us at the Zoo in your evening gown or from your couch in your giraffe pajamas, we’re so grateful for your support! Every dollar directly supports Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and our efforts in conservation, education, and animal care. Get ready to party your tail off! Register to bid and tune into the fun for free.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (June 17, July 9, 29, Aug. 19)

Ring-tailed lemurs frolicing in their area
Friday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Adults 21+. Offered June 17, July 9, 29, August 19. 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.

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World Giraffe Day

Giraffeportrait-cmzooWGD
Tuesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

All ages. Join us in celebrating giraffes on the longest day of the year! Discover the challenges giraffe face in the wild. Find hands-on giraffe-themed activities throughout the day and meet our herd and their keepers in African Rift Valley. Make sure to check out our live-streaming Giraffe Cams, too!

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Teen Only Starlight Safari

Roasting s'mores before an evening tour at the Zoo
Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Middle & High School students. Offered June 22. Teenagers only for this community Starlight Safari. We will roast s'mores and walk among the stars as we tour our Zoo amidst the dark skies. Spend an evening away from home and find out what the animals do at night when the rest of the world is sleeping. We will tour multiple buildings as well as have a chance to meet an animal up close! Registration is required.

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Kids Only Starlight Safari Tour – (June 24, July 16)

Kids on hippo sculptures at starlight safari evening
Friday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Ages 5+. Offered June 24 or July 16. Enjoy a night off while your kids have a blast at our Kids Only evening Zoo tour. Drop off the kiddos for an amazing night filled with s'mores, animals, and nature connection right here on the mountainside. We will start the night with roasting s'mores around the fire 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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Stroller Safaris: Jungle Journey in June

Armadillo side view portrait
Saturday, June 25 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. The natural forest habitat we have on the mountain helps many of our animals feel right at home! Join us as we Journey into the Jungle to meet some animals who prefer the dense coverage of the trees to the open plains. Registration is required.

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