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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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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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January 2020

Outdoor School – Photography: Animal Portraits

Outdoor School - Photography: Animal Portraits
Saturday, January 4, 2020 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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Utilitarian Basket Weaving

Woman weaving a basket
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - Sunday, January 26, 2020 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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February 2020

Outdoor School – Photography: Animal Portraits

Guests photographing a skunk in Animal Photography Outdoor School class
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ages 15+. Photography: Animal Portraits
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. Register online.

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Sleepover – Valentines Zoo Safari Kids Only

Evening Starlight Safari roasting marshmallows before their evening tour
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6 p.m. - Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Ages 5+. Date Night! Register your kids for our Valentines weekend Kids Only WildNight. We'll tour the Zoo under the stars and have a pizza party for dinner. We will spend some time getting to know an animal ambassador during a meet and greet in the Loft. Drop the kiddos off and have the night to yourself!

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BOGO Admission Day at CMZoo

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

All Ages. It's a leap year, which means you have an extra day to make new memories with loved ones. Come to CMZoo for BOGO (buy one, get one) daytime admission on Saturday, February 29, sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs. Just like a leap year, this is a rare event. Grab your BOGO buddy, mark your calendars and LEAP into savings! Just mention this deal at the gate to receive your one free admission with the purchase of a second admission of equal or greater value.

Last admission is at 4 p.m.

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March 2020

Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Giant Giraffe

Giraffe perspective as guests visit them while on a Safari Trail Tour in African Rift Valley at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live this week! Monday, March 23 - Topic: Giant Giraffe. Featured Animals: The CMZoo Giraffe Herd. Activity: Making 'Giraffe Spit' - materials needed at home: cornstarch, water, a bowl. Join in the fun with us!

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Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Waterproof Animals

Beaver swimming
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live! Tuesday, March 24 -- Topic: Waterproof Animals, Featured animal: Ginger, CMZoo American beaver, Activity: water and oil activity - materials needed at home: water, vegetable oil, 2 pieces of scrap fabric, a bowl. Join in the fun with us!

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Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Shed Your Skin Like a Snake

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live! Wednesday, March 25 -- Topic: How Snakes Shed Their Skin. Featured animal: A Snake from The Loft. Activity: Shed Your 'Skin' Like a Snake - materials needed at home: regular glue. Join in the fun with us!

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Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Chickens and Eggs

Wyandotte Chicken left side walking on dirt
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live! Thursday, March 26 -- Topic: Chickens and Eggs. Featured animal: the CMZoo chickens. Activity: Dissolve an Egg Shell - materials needed at home: a whole raw egg, white vinegar, a cup big enough for the egg. Join in the fun with us!

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Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Amazing Amphibians

Giant African bullfrog in moss
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live! Friday, March 27 --Topic: Amazing Amphibians. Featured animal: Jeremy the African bullfrog. Activity: Turn Your Skin into Amphibian Skin -materials needed at home: butter/Crisco/or similar, any loose spices (salt, pepper, cinnamon, etc). Join in the fun with us!

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April 2020

Annual Plant Sale – Online – SOLD OUT!

Shop the Annual Plant Sale Online Only this year, April 13-May 3, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020 - Sunday, May 3, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: A big THANK YOU to everyone for their fantastic response to this year's plant sale! Our current inventory is now SOLD OUT due to the high demand. We really appreciate your support!

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May 2020

Abnormally Normal Video Series

Amur tiger demo and keeper talk - apart of the Abnormall Normal Video Series from CMZoo
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Although we’re temporarily closed, we’re permanently committed to caring for our animals and keeping you connected to our mission, our animals and the natural world. It’s definitely an abnormal time in the world, but we’re providing special glimpses at how normal things are at the Zoo.

  • Follow our Abnormally Normal Video Series on Facebook and YouTube!
  • Enjoy our Giraffe herd remotely, by using the two live streaming Giraffe Cams overlooking their outdoor yard.
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June 2020

Vote for CMZoo for Best Zoo and Best Zoo Exhibit

Girl feeding a giraffe lettuce up-close
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 10 a.m. - Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Online, all ages! Last year, you voted Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the sixth best zoo and fifth best zoo exhibit (for Rocky Mountain Wild) in North America in USAToday’s 10Best Readers' Choice Awards Program. We have once again been nominated for Best Zoo, and Best Zoo Exhibit in North America! Show your support - voting starts Monday, June 15 - vote once a day, every day through Monday, July 6 at 10 a.m.!

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World Giraffe Day

Portrait of reticulated giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us in celebrating giraffe now through World Giraffe Day, Sunday, June 21! Discover the challenges giraffe face in the wild and help us raise support for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's world-renowned giraffe care and breeding program. We are incredibly grateful for the Kratt Family Foundation and their dedication to giraffe care in the Zoo and in the wild. This year, the Kratt Family Foundation is matching up to $25,000 for every dollar donated until World Giraffe Day on June 21. While your donation will go toward the care of our giraffe here at the Zoo, the matched funds will help giraffe conservation in Uganda. Help us celebrate, and donate, with these fun giraffe-themed activities, videos, giraffe encounter opportunities, limited-edition hoofprints, and more.

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AAZK’s Cheer for Rhinos Fundraiser

Black rhino portrait
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

AAZK of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo presents our annual brewery fundraiser, Cheers for Rhinos! Swing by the Happy Tap Taproom on Thursday, June 25 to enjoy local brews and food truck fare, and pick-up your pre-purchased Cheers for Rhinos 2020 t-shirt too - all to support the conservation of these critically endangered giant mammals. Pre-purchase t-shirts (by June 11) and learn more here.

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July 2020

Silent Night at the Zoo – July 8

Grizzly bear portrait
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

All ages. Full Zoo experience (except sky ride and carousel). Dining options will be limited. We invite you to a unique Zoo event, Silent Night. Offered 2 evenings in 2020 - Wednesday, July 8 and Friday, September 11. 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. E-Tickets are on sale now.

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Member Appreciation Night – SOLD OUT

Nile hippo Kasai by the waterfall in Water's Edge: Africa
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Zoo Members - Our Zoo may look a little different this summer, but we appreciate you more than ever! Visit your favorite animals during our first after-hours members-only event of the summer. Food options are limited, but the Grizzly Grill will be open (cash/credit cards accepted). Please note, we will have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event. Due to state-mandated capacity limits, we may not be able to accommodate all members who want to attend. But don't worry! We will have more Member Appreciation Nights throughout the summer, as we are approved for additional dates and ticketing. Advance reservations are required to attend. *Please note: Event nights may change due to unforeseen circumstances. This event is sold out.

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Zoo Ball 2020: Abnormally Normal

Join us for our virtual Zoo Ball 2020: Abnormally Normal
Monday, July 20, 2020 at 8 a.m. - Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 8 p.m.

Take a Walk on the Abnormally Normal Wild Side! We invite you to join us for our VIRTUAL black tie gala to benefit the Zoo. Enjoy this opportunity to celebrate and support a valuable conservation and education organization, both locally and globally. There are lots of ways to particupate this year; from an online auction July 20-26, to a virtual ride up-close-and-personal with some favorites the evening of July 23. Your presence is requested!

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August 2020

Member Enrichment Night

Male gorilla with enrichment
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

We're sorry, this event has sold out. A Zoo members only evening*. Our Zoo may look a little different this summer, but we appreciate you more than ever! Visit your favorite animals during this after-hours members-only summer event. Food options are limited, but the Grizzly Grill will be open (cash/credit cards accepted). Please note, we will have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event. Due to state-mandated capacity limits, we may not be able to accommodate all members who want to attend. But don’t worry! We will have more Member Appreciation Nights throughout the summer, as we are approved for additional dates and ticketing. Advance reservations are required to attend and are available HERE. *Please note: Event nights may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

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September 2020

Study with Species (Day Camps)

Girl stretching arms to match vulture wings on paper at International Vulture Day activities
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 8 a.m. - Friday, September 11, 2020 at 3:15 p.m.

Grades 1st - 6th, daily, Monday - Friday. These special weekday camps are designed to compliment remote e-learning school schedules by providing supplemental camp activities at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Students in grades 1st – 6th will be able to do their virtual regular school classroom assignments at the Zoo, then fill in the rest of their day with Zoo camp activities, while parents are at work. Register online.

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Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night event logo
Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This event is SOLD OUT. All ages. Full Zoo experience (except sky ride and carousel). Dining options will be limited. We invite you to a unique Zoo event, Silent Night. Offered 2 evenings in 2020 - July 8 and Friday, September 11. 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. Advance e-tickets are required.

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End of Summer Member Celebration Night

African lion keeper talk with kids watching lioness
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

(NOTE: This event is sold out.) A Zoo members only evening*. 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. Advance reservations are required. *Please note: Event nights may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

Tails, Tunes & Tastes hero graphic banner
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Ages 21+. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to dance and dine the night away while enjoying drinks and international delights from Taste, our in-house caterer. Animal shows and local musicians will inspire and delight while you enjoy this adults-only evening. All event proceeds benefit the care of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals. Advanced online tickets sales are open.

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October 2020

Winter Teen Core Applications (open Oct. 1-22)

Winter Teen Core participants holding large bones during vet hospital visit
Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 8 a.m. - Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12 p.m.

Ages 12-17. Applications open for a limited time. Application fee is $10 payable online. Session runs December 1 - February 20, 2021. Looking for something to do this winter on weekends, evenings, and after school? – Why not hang at the Zoo and try something new!? Winter Teen Core participants are selected through an application and interview process. We usually take about roughly 30 teens for the season. Winter Teen Core season sessions are split into two separate programs, Loft/BBY and/or Teen Core, once you are accepted into the Winter Teen Core program you can then do an in person interview to work in The Loft or My Big Backyard.

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“Shower” our baby Siamang, and help name her!

Siamang Eve with new baby 9-7-2020
Friday, October 2, 2020 at 8 a.m. - Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Cast your vote for your favorite name! Our Primate World keepers have come up with some great name choices for the new baby girl. Voting will end on Nov. 1, 2020. Our Siamang pair, Eve and Wayan, welcomed their first baby on Labor Day. The little family is doing great, and it’s time to give the new little girl a name! The little one was an unexpected (but welcome) surprise, so we’re doing a post-birth baby shower.

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Best of Both Worlds Starlight Safari (SOLD OUT)

Kids meeting a chinchilla
Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

This program is sold out. (Adults and kids will tour separately.) Ages 5+. Looking for a creative and fun date night idea? Having trouble finding a babysitter for the kids? Join us on the mountainside for an "adults-only" tour of the zoo, while your children simultaneously explore the grounds with their tour guide for a "kids-only" tour! During your visit each group will have the opportunity to feed our giraffe herd, meet an animal ambassador up close, and enjoy some treats! Register online now.

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Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo 2020 details graphic
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3:40 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 3:40 pm

One event on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 3:40 pm

One event on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 3:40 pm

One event on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 3:40 pm

One event on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 3:40 pm

All ages. October 17-18, 23-24, 30-31 & Nov. 1, 2020, 3:40 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! Timed etickets (limited capacity) are onsale now.

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Outdoor School – Teen Craft Series: Basket Weaving Class

basket styles woven by women in class
Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Ages 12-18. This is a 2-day course; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. This basket weaving class is geared toward teens as part of our Outdoor School’s Teen Craft Series. You will spend time crafting a utilitarian basket with a group of teens from our community. Get creative while you learn to weave a beautiful and functional basket that fits your lifestyle to take home. First, we’ll create a basket base and begin to weave height into it in as we learn to shape and form it. We will be weaving a traditional basket with reed. 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 open!

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November 2020

Animal Training Workshop 101 for Teens – Nov. 8 (SOLD OUT)

Junior Zookeepers working with training chickens at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This class has sold out. To join the waitlist for our Animal Training 101 classes, please email [email protected]. This new course is for 12-18 year olds who hope to learn more about animal training and how it benefits the animal, the trainer, and the relationship. This class will be taught in a collaborative effort with Zoo staff, and a member of our Youth Leadership Action Board and Junior Zoo Keeper program.

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Vote for CMZoo’s Electric Safari for Best Zoo Lights!

Vote for Electric Safari for Best Zoo Lights in USA Today's 10Best now through Dec. 7 - vote daily.
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 10 a.m. - Monday, December 7, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Once again we’ve been nominated in USAToday’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for Best Zoo Lights in North America! Last year, we placed third, and we’re grateful for your continued support. Vote daily through Monday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. MT.   VOTE NOW!

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Animal Behavior and Training – Teens Only

Teens training a chicken during workshop
Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 12-18. This popular new course is for 12-18 year olds who hope to learn more about animal training and how it benefits the animal, the trainer, and the relationship. This class will be taught in a collaborative effort with Zoo staff, and a Teen Program alumni who served on our Youth Leadership Action Board for 4 years and is a current Zoo volunteer. Online registration is open.

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Fall Break Single Day Camps (1st-6th) – Nov. 23, 24, 25 & 27

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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One event on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

Grades 1st - 6th. Fantastic Families - Humans aren't the only ones with strong family bonds! Wolves, elephants, meerkats and more create family structures where each member plays an active, supporting role. Come and explore the fantastic families found in the animal kingdom. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Online CMZoo Gift Shop – Black Friday Weekend Sale

Online giftshop Black Friday weekend sale 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020 - Monday, November 30, 2020

11/27 - 11/30: Black Friday Weekend Sale - spend $75 or more at the online gift shop, get 20% off your entire purchase. (Cannot be combined with any other offers, discount ONLINE ONLY. )

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December 2020

December Family Camp – Talon-ted Owls

Barn owl looking down perched on a branch with wings up and out
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. - Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Create family memories as we investigate our talon-ted barn owl and the world in which he lives! Each family will have their own personal EdVenture guide and time slot to keep safety our number one priority. Currently booking afternoons in December.

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Animal Training 101: Adult Class

Adult Zoo guest working with an owl
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 18+. Ever wondered how a keeper trains a bird for an x-ray? Or a skunk for a voluntary injection? This class will give you all the answers as well as the tools to train an animal using positive reinforcement in your home. This class is designed for adults and is taught by a skilled and knowledgeable keeper. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Teen Photography Workshop – Dec. 19

Teen photography workshop
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 12-18. Come be a wildlife photographer for the day and learn how images can make an impact in global conservation efforts. Try your hand at photographing some of our animal ambassadors up close. We'll examine some of the world's most notable animal photo journalists and connect the impact of their photographs to conservation. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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January 2021

Teen Photography Workshop – Jan. 9

Teen photography workshop
Saturday, January 9 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

SOLD OUT. Ages 12-18. Come be a wildlife photographer for the day and learn how images can make an impact in global conservation efforts. Try your hand at photographing some of our animal ambassadors up close. We'll examine some of the world's most notable animal photo journalists and connect the impact of their photographs to conservation. Registration is required. This class is sold out. To join the waitlist, please email [email protected]

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Hands-On Homeschool – Classifying Creatures – January 16

Zoo staff sharing animal amabassador with family program children
Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6-12. Explore our many animals at the Zoo and learn how they are classified. We will introduce the concept of classifications to beginners and take a deeper dive for more advanced learners. Registration is required and open now.

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