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June 2019

Groovin’ for Gibbons

Siamang gibbon swinging on tree limbs
Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free

All ages - free with Zoo admission. Join us for the 10th #CMZoo Groovin' for Gibbons (G4G). This free event features fun activity stations designed to raise awareness for gibbons and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Live music will be provided by members of the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Come out to the Zoo to learn about gibbons and how you can save them in the wild!

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AAZK – Bowling for Rhinos Fundraiser

Friday, June 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

All ages. Join AAZK and Strike Out Extinction! Bowling for Rhinos is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), and our chapter at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo wants YOU to join us for a night of bowling, prizes, and fun! This event is held at King Pin Lanes. Online registration (for you or a team of up to 5) is open now through Thursday, June 6, 2019.

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Member’s Appreciation Night

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This is a Zoo members only event. This night is all about YOU. Visit your favorite animals and beat the heat at our first after-hours event! Check out our scheduled keeper talks or stop by the member-priced cookout at Lodge at Moose Lake (cash/credit cards accepted). Reservations not required. (Click here and expand Members Only Events for animal happenings schedule and details.)

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Moonlight on the Mountain

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Adults 21+ • Full Zoo Experience • Live Music • Unlimited Food & Drink Samples. This is one of the region’s premier annual mixers featuring the best food and drink our region has to offer. Online ticket sales are open.

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Missy’s 50th Birthday

Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All ages. Turning 50 is a milestone for anyone, but especially for Missy, who is one of the oldest African elephants in the country! Celebrate her birthday with fun elephant-themed activities and demos, elephant feeding ($10-15 per feeding) and sing 'Happy Birthday' to Missy as she enjoys an elephant-sized birthday cake made with her favorite snacks. Visit our Facebook page for details.

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Outdoor School – Watercolors in the Wild

Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Ages 15 and up. Take a break from the noise of the city and join us in an afternoon of exploring nature through art. Watercolors in the Wild is an introductory program to a quick and mobile painting style that helps capture the best moments in nature.

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July 2019

Summer Camp – Full Week Camps

Monday, July 1, 2019 at 9 a.m. - Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Ages K - 9th Grade. Discover a variety of full week camp adventures! (Kindergarten full week camps are offered as half-days only, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Register now!

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Summer Camps – Single Day Camps

Monday, July 1, 2019 at 9 a.m. - Friday, July 5, 2019 at 4 p.m.

July 1-2-3-5. Ages K to 9th Grade. Discover Single Half-day Camp adventures. (Kindergarten single day camps are offered as half-days only, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Register now!

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Outdoor School – Dutch Oven Cooking Class

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

All ages. Have you ever wondered how to make delicious meals in the wild, without having to eat freeze dried meal packs? Join us in an evening of fun and food while learning how to use a dutch oven style of cooking over a fire- and we promise, no freeze dried anything!

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Member Enrichment Night

Membership logo
Monday, July 8, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This is a Zoo members only event. Watch as select animals receive enrichment items at scheduled times throughout the evening. What’s ‘enrichment’? Enrichment is how we provide a stimulating environment for Zoo animals. Why? It gives them an opportunity to demonstrate species-typical behavior, exercise control and/or choice over their environment, and enhances their well-being! Reservations are not required.

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August 2019

Summer Camps – Full Week

Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 9 a.m. - Friday, August 9, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Ages K - 6th Grade. Discover a variety of full week camp adventures! (Kindergarten full week camps are offered as half-days only, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Register now!

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World Lion Day

African lioness looking off right or photo at something catching her attention
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All ages. Included with admission. Celebrate World Lion Day with us! African lion populations have decreased dramatically in the past 25 years, but Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and zoos around the world are working hand in hand with lion recovery and conservation organizations to change that trend. World Lion Day will feature conservation-focused activity stations, interactive games, enrichment making, face painting and more! Stop by African Rift Valley between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn how you can help save these magnificent animals.

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Summer Camps – Single Day Camps

Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9 a.m. - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 4 p.m.

August 12-13-14. Ages K to 6th Grade. Discover Single Half-day Camp adventures. (Kindergarten single day camps are offered as half-days only, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Register now!

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AAZK’s Art on the Hoof

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join us for the 18th annual fundraiser of the American Assoc. of Zookeepers' Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Chapter. A night with animal art and animal art lovers provides you with an opportunity to help zookeepers and their work all the while supporting local artists. This special evening is at The Lodge at Moose Lake, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and will be filled with hors d'oeuvres, raffle and art! Details to follow. Artist's call for artwork, view or download the Art Donation Registration Form.

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Members End of Summer Celebration

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This is a Zoo members only event. Summer always ends too soon, so why not enjoy one last night at the Zoo before the kids go back to school? Beat the heat and enjoy the animals after-hours. The entire Zoo will be open,, with scheduled animal demos and keeper talks. Reservations are not required.

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September 2019

An Evening with The Pride

Male African lion portrait
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Calling all young professionals and philanthropists interested in networking, fundraising and personal giving! #CMZoo would like you to be a part of the next generation of conservationist leaders and Zoo donors. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. *details...

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International Vulture Awareness Day

Girl stretching arms to match vulture wings on paper at International Vulture Day activities
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All ages. Included with admission. Ever wonder how vultures can eat dead animals without getting sick? Or how big their wingspan can get? Or what about why they're important for the ecosystem? Discover all of this and WAY more at our 11th annual celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day in African Rift Valley and Encounter Africa! There will be vulture-themed activities, opportunities to meet our Cape vultures up-close, a special vulture feeding and ways that we can protect vultures in the wild, including donating to vulture conservation through the Zoo's Quarters for Conservation program. Come celebrate vultures with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and other conservation organizations all over the world on this special day!

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Silent Night at the Zoo

Grizzly bear portrait
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

All ages. Full Zoo experience. We invite you to our newest Zoo event, silent night. 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. Get details and online tickets.

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Utilitarian Basket Weaving

Friday, September 27, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. - Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Ages 12+. 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 in as you shape and form it. 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. Registration is required and is open online now.

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Toss the Tusk

Toss the Tusk September 28 - Join us at CMZoo
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Elephant populations are rapidly plummeting. One elephant is killed approximately every 25 minutes to fuel an unprecedented global demand for ivory products. Poaching for ivory is listed as the main driver of this decline. We are partnering with The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, ifaw and Wildlife Conservation Society to help protect them. Details & drop off information.

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October 2019

Arts Month

Orangutan art
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019
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One event on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

October is Arts Month! The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo encourage you to have one new cultural experience with friends or family this month. What about painting with an Orangutan? Visit the Arts Month website at www.peakradar.com to see how you can enter to win this experience and learn more about cultural opportunities in our area.

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BOO at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo -buy your tickets now!
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm

October 18-19-20, 25-26-27 & 31, 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (last admission at 7:30 p.m.) 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!

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Outdoor School – Wild Women: Day Hike

Group of women hiking in Colorado
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join this program for women, led by women. Explore a true local gem- North Cheyenne Canyon- during one of the best times of year to enjoy the outside. This day hike will cover about 4 miles of beginner level hiking, looking for wildlife, and taking time to be present in nature. Take a break from the noise and spend some time in the wild! Registration is required.

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November 2019

BOGO (Buy One, Get One) Admission Day, Sponsored by Children’s Hospital Colorado

CMZoo Logo
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

All ages. Mark your calendar NOW for our next BOGO (Buy One, Get One) event for daytime admission on Sunday, November 17, sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado. The free admission is included with the purchase of a second admission of equal or greater value. To receive the free admission, guests must mention the offer at the gate.

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Outdoor School – Thanksgiving Dutch Oven Dinner

Dutch oven cooking with coals
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Turkey day is right around the corner, why not celebrate a few days early with a traditional Thanksgiving feast prepared in a fun and non-traditional way! Cooking in a Dutch Oven is a unique and delicious way of preparing meals outside. Using the heat from coals, the food is slow cooked and full of flavor. The cook time may take a little longer, but the end result is well worth the wait. We will prepare the food, cook, and eat together- each sharing in the delicious meal we make as a team.

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Fall Break Day Camps

School break kindergarten camp two campers with racoon masks
Monday, November 25, 2019 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Ages K-6th grade. Offered November 25, 26 & 27. Looking for some fun while you learn over fall break? Register your wild ones for any day or all three. Kindergarten 1/2 day and grades 1-6 full day camp options.

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December 2019

Electric Moonlight

Electric Moonlight event is sold out
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Adults ages 21+ only. Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s adults-only winter evening event, Electric Moonlight. We're combining our festive holiday lights, music and warming fires with unlimited indoor sampling of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks all while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants – just like at our popular summer event, Moonlight on the Mountain!

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January 2020

Electric Safari – Dec. 6-8, 13-23, Dec. 25-Jan. 1

Electric Safari event logo
Wednesday, January 1 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 5:30 pm

22 nights - Dec. 6-8, 13-23,25-Jan 1, 2020. All ages. Lights, Animals and Holiday Spirit! Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Warming fires throughout the Zoo offer a reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits that remain open during the event. Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle. Buy your tickets online.

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Winter Break Day Camps

Mexican gray wolf in snowy scene
Friday, January 3 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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One event on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:00 am

One event on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 9:00 am

Ages K-6th grade. December 23, 26, 27, 30 & January 2, 3. Register your wild ones for one day or all six of these fun winter themed camps. Online registration is open.

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Outdoor School – Photography: Animal Portraits

Outdoor School - Photography: Animal Portraits
Saturday, January 4 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This program is SOLD OUT.

Ages 15 and up. Capturing the perfect animal photos takes practice, patience, and technique. After learning some terms and techniques several live animals will be brought to the studio classroom for you to practice and hone in your new skills. Explore different backdrops, capture active and slower moving animals, and meet the animal models! Afterwards, upload your photos and experience an artistic critique of your work as well as gain advice for further developing your animal portrait skills.

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Sleepover – Trunks, Tails & Tales Kids Only

Kimba, African elephant at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo portrait
Saturday, January 11 at 6 p.m. - Sunday, January 12 at 8 a.m.

This program is SOLD OUT.

Ages 5+. Come learn about our African animals, more specifically we’ll focus on our elephant herd and see our two new elephants that brings our herd to 6 happy girls. We’ll see gorillas, a rhino, giraffe and more at night and we will even get to meet an African animal in the Loft up close! Let us do all the work, all you have to do is drop the kiddos off and pick them up!

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Stroller Safaris – Jumping in January

tree kangaroo on a branch
Thursday, January 16 at 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
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One event on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:15 am

One event on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 10:15 am

Ages 12 mos - 4 years. Help us kick 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 as well as enjoy a themed snack! Dates sell out quickly. Register online.

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Utilitarian Basket Weaving

Woman weaving a basket
Saturday, January 25 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, January 26 at 5 p.m.
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One event on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Sunday, January 26, 2020

Ages 12+. 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 in as you shape and form it. 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.

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