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December 2020

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

Creature Connections Session 1 – January 1 to February 12

Boy guest with skunk and spoon during Creature Connection session
Friday, January 1 - Friday, February 12

Ages 1-4 years with adult. Creature Connections Session 1 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 also need to get your advanced timed eticket into the Zoo.)

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January Family Camp – Phenomenal Porcupines

North American porcupine walking across a tree
Friday, January 1 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, January 31 at 5 p.m.

Create family memories as we investigate our porcupines and the many places that they live! Each family will have their own personal EdVenture guide and time slot to keep safety our number one priority. Currently booking any day in January.

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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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Paint. Sip. Safari – (Adults only 21+) – Jan. 20

Eclectus parrot 'Mister' sitanding on a branch
Wednesday, January 20 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Adults 21+. Join us for an adults only program where you not only get to create memories but a painting of one of our amazing animals as well. 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. Online registration is open.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Jan. 29 or 30)

Two warthogs, one grooming the other
Friday, January 29 at 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 6:00 pm

This program is sold out. To join a waitlist - please email [email protected]. Ages 21+. Offered either night, January 29 or 30. 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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February 2021

February Family Camp – Beaver: Nature’s Builders

American beaver carrying a branch
Monday, February 1 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, February 28 at 5 p.m.

Create family memories as we investigate beavers and their amazing aquatic engineering skills! Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slot to keep safety our number one priority. Currently booking any afternoon in February.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Valentine’s Day Enrichment Party – Feb. 6

Zoo staff sharing animal amabassador with family program children
Saturday, February 6 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This program has SOLD OUT. If you would like to be on a wait list for this program, please email [email protected], or call 719-424-7827. 1st - 6th Grades. Create with us as we explore the importance of enrichment for both humans and animals. We will make animal themed Valentine's Day cards for each other and Valentine's Day themed enrichment for our Loft animal friends. At the end of our session we will even enjoy a sweet cotton candy treat! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Valentine’s Love is in the Air Date Night, Adults Only 21+ – (Feb. 12 or 13)

Two budgies on a branch, one blue, one green
Friday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm

This program is sold out. To join a waitlist - please email [email protected]. Ages 21+. 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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Kids Only Valentine’s Day Starlight Safari Pizza Party & Tour – Feb. 12 or 13

Kids on hippo sculptures at starlight safari evening
Friday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Kids only ages 5+. Enjoy a night-off while your kids have a blast at our Kids Only Valentine’s 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 and open online now. Saturday Feb. 13 evening is sold out. Please email [email protected] if you would like to be on a wait list for Feb. 13.

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Teen Zootography Workshop and Q&A with Photographer Layne Kennedy – Feb. 13

Teen photography workshop
Saturday, February 13 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This program is sold out. If you would like to be on a waiting list, please email [email protected]rg
Come be a wildlife photographer for the day and learn how images can make an impact on global conservation efforts. This class will focus on editorial photography and how we can share stories through the art of photographs. 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. We will have a live virtual Q & A with Layne Kennedy, an editorial assignment photographer for the likes of National Geographic, Smithsonian, Traveler, Outside and LIFE magazines. Registration is required.

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Paint. Sip. Safari (Adult 21+) – Feb 17 or 24

Guests with Paint Sip Safari parrot paintings
Wednesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Adult 21+. Join us for an adults only program where you not only get to create memories but a painting of one of our amazing animals as well. Spend the evening at the zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up close and creating a masterpiece! February's featured animal painting is striped skunks Fred & George. Registration is required. Online registration is still open for February 17 only. The program on February 24 is sold out. To join a waitlist - email [email protected].

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Teen Starlight Safari – Feb.19

Roasting s'mores before an evening tour at the Zoo
Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

This program is sold out. If you would like to be on a waiting list, please email [email protected]. Teenagers only for this community Starlight Safari! Come join us for a night time tour of the Zoo with your friends from the community. 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!

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Signing Safari – A New Kind of Hands-On

Evening Starlight Safari roasting marshmallows before their evening tour
Saturday, February 27 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

We're going even more hands-on for one of our most popular programs, Starlight Safaris. This evening Starlight Safari tour is designed for kids, families, and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. From start to finish, this program will be in sign language. Come join the Zoo to learn about what our animals do at night while the rest of us are sleeping. Walk underneath the stars and enjoy the Zoo in a brand new way as the stories of our animals are signed for all our guests. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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March 2021

March Family Camp – Miny, but Mighty

Western screech owl portrait
Monday, March 1 at 9 a.m. - Wednesday, March 31 at 5 p.m.

Large animals are visually enchanting, but tiny animals have really awesome adaptations that help them survive in this BIG world! Create lasting family memories as we investigate our tiny, but mighty creatures. We will even get a sneak peek at our newest Owl, Hootenanny! Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slot to keep safety our number one priority. Registration is required.

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Stroller Safari – March Mammal Madness – Mar. 5, 10, or 27

Opossum hutch, side view on a log
Friday, March 5 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

This is SOLD OUT. if you would like to be on a waitlist for March, email [email protected] Ages 1-4 years. This month we are focusing on animals that are just like us; mammals! Participants will get a chance to meet some "furry" friends and learn about a special group of mammals called marsupials! Stroller Safaris are informal exploratory experiences in which participants use all five of their senses to connect with nature and animals. Participants will enjoy a story, gross motor activity and meet and greets with animal ambassadors. Registration is required.

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Teens Starlight Safari

S'mores over the coals
Friday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

This program is sold out. If you would like to be on a waiting list, please email [email protected]. Open to all Middle and High School students. Teenagers only for this community Starlight Safari! Come join us for a night time tour of the Zoo with your friends from the community. 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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Paint. Sip. Safari. (Adults 21+) – Mar. 10

Red-eyed tree frog portrait
Wednesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Ages 21+. Join us for an adults only program where you not only get to create memories but a painting of one of our amazing animals as well. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! Featured animal - tree-eyed tree frog. Registration is required.

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Creature Connections Session 2: March 12 – April 23

Boy guest with skunk and spoon during Creature Connection session
Friday, March 12 - Friday, April 23
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One event on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

Ages 1-4 years with adult. Creature Connections Session 1 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 also need to get your advanced timed eticket into the Zoo.)

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Hands-On Homeschool – Delectable Diets – Mar. 20

Zoo staff sharing animal amabassador with family program children
Saturday, March 20 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1st - 6th Grades. Animals get their nutrition in a variety of different ways. Join us as we learn how an animal's diet can effect their anatomy, habitat, and conservation status! We will even prepare a few diets for our hungriest animal friends! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Spring Break Day Camps – March 22-26

JZK in Loft with guest kids
Monday, March 22 at 9 a.m. - Friday, March 26 at 4 p.m.

These camps are sold out. To be on a wait list, please email [email protected].This day is sold out. Grades K-6th. Junior Veterinarian themed single day camps, with a focus on different types of animals' care each day , Register for one day, or any combination of days. Registration is required. Online registration is open now.

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April 2021

Outdoor School: Wild Families – Nature Play Experience – Apr. 10

EdVenture Outdoor School Wild Families Nature Play
Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Come experience nature as a playground for your family! Explore Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Nature Trail looking for signs of wildlife, walking through the trees, investigating rocks and plants, and so much more. This program is geared for families with kiddos between the ages of 5 and 8 and will allow free play with guided activities for everyone to participate in. Be sure to bring your curiosity and imaginations! Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Endangered Species Exploration

Zoo staff sharing animal amabassador with family program children
Saturday, April 17 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1st - 6th grades. Bring your sense of adventure as we explore our fantastic endangered species here at the Zoo. Our travels will help us understand what makes a species endangered and how we can help. Welcome aboard our journey to impactful learning! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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AAZK’s Small Community-Wide Park Clean-Up for Earth Day

AAZK of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo logo
Thursday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Location: Fountain Creek Nature Center: 3695 US-85 Colorado Springs, CO 80916 - *The clean up site is a trail next to this address. An AAZK pop-up tent will be visible at the site, so that people can easily spot the clean up location. *We are asking everyone to bring their own work gloves for possible glass/metal that will be picked up, also reducing the use of latex gloves. Trash bags and buckets will be provided for the glass and metal. AAZK will properly dispose of the trash.

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May 2021

May Family Camp – Hopping into Spring

April Family Camp - Hopping into Spring with two rabbits in grass
Saturday, May 1 at 9 a.m. - Monday, May 31 at 5 p.m.

Extended through May - Usher in a new, magical season with a visit to our bounciest animals at the Zoo! Create lasting family memories as we investigate our jumping champions and their unique adaptations. Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slots to keep safety our number one priority. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Vote for CMZoo for Best Zoo & Best Zoo Exhibit

10Best voting image of Bailey's giraffe calf BB and her mom greeting
Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m. - Monday, May 24 at 10 a.m.

Show your support! You can vote once a day, every single day from now through 10 a.m. MT Monday, May 24. Last year, you voted Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the fourth 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 need your votes!

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Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night event logo
Wednesday, May 5 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 5 evenings in 2021: - Wednesdays May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 4 and Saturday, 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 and available online now.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Mission: Conservation

Portrait of reticulated giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 1st-5th grades. Calling all lovers of animals and wild places! We need your help to ensure that incredible creatures stick around for years to come. Join us as we learn to protect wild animals and wild places! We will be focusing mostly on giraffes, rhinos, tapirs, and black footed ferrets. We will also learn how to make our own toad abodes!! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Outdoor School: Wild Kids – Fort Building

EdVenture programs Outdoor School Wild Kids: Fort building
Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6-10. Building forts in the trees is a key part of allowing kids to fully explore nature! Participants will be able to stack rocks, assemble branches, pack mud, and so much more as they let their WILD side come to life. Kids must be excited about and willing to get dirty and be outside for a long period of time. Also.... no parents allowed! Registratino is required.

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Annual Plant Sale – In-Person, May 22-23

Shop the Annual Plant Sale Online Only this year, April 13-May 3, 2020
Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, May 23 at 5 p.m.

Our 2021 Plant Sale IN-PERSON shopping happens only on Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23 Join us at the Zoo for our in-person plant sale of different plants than the online sale, including vegetables, fruits, herbs and annual hanging baskets and fruit trees (and any remaining items from the online sale) all while stocks last! 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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Stroller Safari: Master Migrators in May

Kestrel portrait facing right, perched on a stick
Wednesday, May 26 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. All May dates are sold out. If you would like to be on a wait list email [email protected]. 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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Paint. Sip. Safari. – May 19 or 26

Guests with Paint Sip Safari parrot paintings
Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Ages 21+. Offered Wednesdays, May 19 or 26. 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. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! April animal: Egyptian tortoise. Registration is required.

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Summer Camps – May

Summer campers kindergarten mud-kitchen fun in the mud outdoors together
Monday, May 31 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ages K-9th grade. ** Early Bird pricing Jan. 1 - March 1.** Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer camp adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Full week camps, offered weekdays, May 31 - August 19. Online registration is open.

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June 2021

Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night at the Zoo
Wednesday, June 2 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 3 evenings in 2021: - Wednesdays May 5, June 2, and Saturday, 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 and available online now.

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AAZK’s Art on the Hoof

Art on the Hoof, AAZK Fundraiser event's logo
Saturday, June 5 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
VIP Room – Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd
Colorado Springs, 80905 United States
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Join in for the annual fundraiser of the American Assoc. of Zookeepers' Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Chapter. Art on the Hoof will be held at the VIP Room at the Norris Penrose Event Center. (Address: 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80905) this year, featuring nature and animal inspired artwork showcasing local artists. Guests receive admission, drink tickets and an art drawing ticket. Drawings occur throughout the evening until all guests with a ticket have chosen a piece of art to take home. Tickets are available at the door, if not sold out.

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Outdoor School: Wild Women – Watercolors in the Wild

Watercolor paints open and ready to use on pallette
Friday, June 11 at 9 a.m. - 12 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. This program takes place at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Registration is required.

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Stroller Safari: Jungle Journey in June

Armadillo Frida portrait
Friday, June 11 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:00 am

June Stroller Safaris are SOLD OUT! To be on a waitlist for June, email [email protected] . Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered dates of June 4, 11 and 26. 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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Outdoor School: Animal Portrait Photography

Guests photographing a skunk in Animal Photography Outdoor School class
Saturday, June 12 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 15 and up. Offered on May 23, June 12, July 10 or August 21. 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. Registration is required.

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Zoo Ball 2021 – A Virtual Bash: Trivia Night

Zoo Ball 2021 - A Virtual Bash: Trivia Night!
Monday, June 14 at 8 a.m. - Sunday, June 20 at 8 p.m.

Online Auction June 14 - 20 & Virtual Trivia Night June 17, 2021. This year’s Zoo Ball won’t be your ordinary virtual gala. Bid in our online auction featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences. Join us Thursday, June 17, to compete in Zoo-themed trivia! Grab a cocktail and a snack, and put your thinking cap on as we venture throughout the Zoo. Register to bid and tune into the fun for free or purchase an upgraded ticket that includes an exclusive Zoo Ball swag bag and an invite to an in-person VIP cocktail party in September 2021.

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