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June 2020

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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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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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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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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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 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

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

Opossum hutch, side view on a log
Saturday, March 27 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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April 2021

Stroller Safari: Awesome Amphibians in April

Red-eyed tree frog portrait
Saturday, April 10 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

April Stroller Safaris are SOLD OUT. May Stroller Safaris are coming soon! To be on a waitlist for April, email [email protected] Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered April 10, 16 or 21. 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 frog slime to take home and explore! Registration is required.

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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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