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April 2021

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

AAZK of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo logo
Thursday, April 22, 2021 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

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, 2021 at 10 a.m. - Monday, May 24, 2021 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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Hands-On Homeschool – Mission: Conservation

Portrait of reticulated giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Saturday, May 8, 2021 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, 2021 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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Stroller Safari: Master Migrators in May

Kestrel portrait facing right, perched on a stick
Friday, May 14, 2021 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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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, 2021 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, May 23, 2021 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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Outdoor School: Animal Portrait Photography

Guests photographing a skunk in Animal Photography Outdoor School class
Sunday, May 23, 2021 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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Summer Camps – May

Summer campers kindergarten mud-kitchen fun in the mud outdoors together
Monday, May 31, 2021 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

Stroller Safari: Jungle Journey in June

Armadillo Frida portrait
Friday, June 4, 2021 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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AAZK’s Art on the Hoof

Art on the Hoof, AAZK Fundraiser event's logo
Saturday, June 5, 2021 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, 2021 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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Zoo Ball 2021 – A Virtual Bash: Trivia Night

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

Nile hippo Kasai by the waterfall in Water's Edge: Africa
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Zoo Members only - We appreciate you, so join us and your favorite animals for our first after-hours members-only event of the summer! Don’t forget your discount at our Thundergod Gift Shop. All restaurants will be open! Please note, we may not have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo! Check your membership email for more details.

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July 2021

Outdoor School: Wild Families – Dutch Oven BBQ

Dutch oven cooking with coals
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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! This evening is 4th of July themed and will feature some classic BBQ dishes! Registration is required.

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Stroller Safaris: Jungle Journey continues in July

Okapi portrait standing with right side shown
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

July Stroller Safaris are sold out. To be on a waitlist, email [email protected]. Ages 12 months - 4 years. Dates of July 2, 10 & 29. 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 MORE animals who prefer the dense coverage of the trees to the open plains! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Member Enrichment Night

Male gorilla with enrichment
Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Zoo Members only - How do we keep our animals active and healthy? We give them enrichment – activities that use natural behaviors, allow control over their environment and enhance their well-being. Enrich your evening by watching our animals enjoy themselves! All restaurants will be open. Please note, we may have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. Check your membership email for more details.

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Join Us for Viv’s 2nd Birthday Party!

Viv portrait in branches
Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All ages. Zoo admission is required. Make birthday cards and visit the herd. Watch Viv enjoy her "cake" at 11:15 a.m.! This party is in partnership with Children's Hospital Colorado who is also celebrating the 'terrific twos!" They opened southern Colorado’s first pediatric-only hospital, right here in Colorado Springs, on July 17, 2019. To celebrate, Children’s Hospital Colorado is throwing our ever-vivacious Viv a birthday party – and you’re invited.

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Youth Conservation Leadership Conference 2021 (Ages 12-18)

Youth Advisory Board at Annual Youth Conservation Leadership Conference
Friday, July 23, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. - Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

YCLC 2021 is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be on a wait list, please submit this form. Ages 12-18. CMZoo’s Youth Leadership Action Board invites you to the 3rd Annual Youth Conservation Leadership Conference (YCLC), right here on the mountainside. This conference is hosted by your teenage peers as a common ground conference to work towards worldwide conservation education efforts. Registration is required and opens April1.

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August 2021

Stroller Safari: Arthropods in August (Aug. 18, 20 or 28)

Tarantula
Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. August 18 or 20 or 28. From pollinators to decomposers, this month we are learning about the amazing world of arthropods! By popular demand, it is finally time to meet & learn all about our bug friends! Stroller Safaris are informal exploratory experiences in which participants use all five of their senses to connect with nature and animals. Registration is required. Online registration is open. August 28 Stroller Safari is sold out, but you can be on a waitlist by, completing this form.

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Outdoor School: Wild Families – Outdoor Hike

OUtdoor hiking in the Rocky Mountains
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join this program for families who love the outdoors, led by guides with families who also love the outdoors! Explore a true local gem- Cheyenne Mountain State Park- during one of the best times of year to enjoy the outside. This evening hike will cover about 1-3 miles of beginner level hiking throughout the park, looking and listening for nocturnal wildlife, and taking time to be present in nature. Let your senses come alive and experience nature at night! Registration is required.

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End of Summer Member Celebration Night

African lion keeper talk with kids watching lioness
Monday, August 23, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Zoo Members only - Can you believe it? Summer goes by so fast! Enjoy one last after-hours wander through the Zoo at our Members-Only end of summer event! Beat the heat and share a special night at the Zoo. Don’t forget your discount at our Thundergod Gift Shop. All restaurants will be open! Please note, we may have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. Check your membership email for more details.

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September 2021

AAZK’s Cheers for Rhinos

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

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

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Stroller Safaris: Scutes and Scales in September (Sept. 11, 15, 18 or 24)

Tortoise Maple eating lettuce
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

All dates for September Stroller Safaris are SOLD OUT. To be on a waitlist, please complete this form. Ages 12 months – 4 years. Registrants will participate in a reptile-themed sensory activity, meet scaly friends throughout the Zoo and help make salads for tortoises! Stroller Safaris are informal exploratory experiences in which participants use all five of their senses to connect with nature and animals. Registration is required.

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Stroller Safaris: Scutes and Scales in September (Sept. 11, 15, 18 or 24)

Tortoise Maple eating lettuce
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

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

All dates for September Stroller Safaris are SOLD OUT. To be on a waitlist, please complete this form. Ages 12 months – 4 years. Registrants will participate in a reptile-themed sensory activity, meet scaly friends throughout the Zoo and help make salads for tortoises! Stroller Safaris are informal exploratory experiences in which participants use all five of their senses to connect with nature and animals. Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Wildlife Mysteries – Sept. 18

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

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

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Teens Only Starlight Safari – Sept. 18

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

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

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Teens – Animal Photography 101 – Sept. 25

Teen photography workshop
Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Middle and High School students. Come be a wildlife photographer for the day and learn how images can make an impact on global conservation efforts. Registration is required. Online registratino is open.

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AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos Fundraiser

Bowling for Rhinos AAZK fundraiser scene at bowling alley
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Strike Out Extinction! Join us for an evening of bowling fun and fundraising, all to help save wild rhinos. Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), and AAZK's chapter at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Tickets are required. Online ticket sales are open August 4, - September 28, 2021. Click to register.

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October 2021

Stroller Safaris: All Things Orange in October (Oct. 23)

Orangutans and palm oil - Bornean orangutan male portrait
Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered on October 6, 13, or 23, 2021. These Stroller Safaris dates are sold out, If you would like to be on a waitlist, please complete this form.Registrants will participate in a Fall – themed sensory activity and meet some of our Orange colored friends that call the zoo home! Registration is required.

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

Wild raptor on a branch
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Middle and HIgh School students. Learn about the various species of raptors that are in our Colorado backyard. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Special Stroller Safari: Happy HOWLoween! – Oct. 31

Mexican gray wolf portrait
Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

This Stroller Safari is sold out, To be on a waitlist by completing this form. Ages 12 mos - 4 years. This special holiday edition Stroller Safari includes a special demo with our wolves, a meet & greet with a few of our "creepy crawly," but still adorable animals from My Big Back yard, and painting your own mini pumpkin to take home with you! Costumes are both welcome and encouraged for participants of all ages! Limited capacity. Spots fill quickly. Registration is required.

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November 2021

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

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

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This is a 6-week series that creates opportunities for you and your young explorers to learn more about wildlife and wild places! We will provide prompts and activity ideas each week of the session to guide your exploration, as well as supplemental optional opportunities for exclusive “pop-ups” at the Zoo weekly on Wednesdays & Saturdays, where they can meet the animal they’ve been learning about! Note: You will also need to get your advanced timed eticket into the Zoo.

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Stroller Safaris: Nocturnal November

Hedgehog 'Groot' portrait with a small pumpkin
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:00 am

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

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered on November 10, 13, 17, 19, 27. Participants will explore the Zoo searching and learning about animals that are most active in the evening hours! Registration is required. Online registration is open. November 10, 13, 19, 27 Stroller Safaris are sold out. To be on a waitlist, please complete this form.

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

North American porcupine Kale in a tree
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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One event on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

Note: All Fall Break camps are sold out. To be added to a waitlist, please email [email protected]. Ages 1st - 6th grades. Offered Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 22, 23, 24 as single day camp opportunities. Theme: Branching Out! – Have you ever thought about using a tree for a home? Maybe a source of food? Or what about as a back scratcher? Come explore the wildernesses of the world and how the trees, even the small ones, play a vital role for our animals and ecosystems spread throughout. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Paint. Sip. Safari – (Nov. 30)

Guests with Paint Sip Safari parrot paintings
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Ages 21+. Offered on November 23 or 30. 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 November animal: Guy, the Easter Egger rooster. Registration is required.

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December 2021

Stroller Safaris: Wild in Winter in December (Dec. 15, 18)

Domestic rabbit peering out of a hole
Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered on December 8, 10, 15, 18. Participants will learn about native Colorado species and create safe feeders to help wild animals near their homes find food in the colder months! Registration is required. Online registration is open. Dec. 15 & 18 are sold out. To be on a waitlist for any sold out dates, please email [email protected].

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

Two rabbits one white, one gray on grass
Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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One event on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 2022

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

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

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

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 12, 13, 14)

Two warthogs, one grooming the other
Friday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Adults 21+. Offered nights of: Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 12, 13, 14. 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. To be on a wait list if any of our Date Night Starlight Safaris are sold out, please submit this form to us.

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Stroller Safaris: Jumping into January

Frog looking at camera with leaves
Saturday, January 15 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered on January 21, 29. This month we are kicking 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! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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