All ages. Location: Fountain Creek Nature Center. Join us at one of Colorado’s most unique parks, Fountain Creek, as naturalists lead you on a hike through a wide variety of habitats. Known as the “oasis on the plains”, we’ll explore through the park’s unique ecosystem and learn what it takes for a natural space to be considered a “habitat.” Registration is required.
Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered July 30. The natural forest habitat we have on the mountain helps many of our animals feel right at home! Join us as we Journey further into the Jungle to meet some MORE animals who prefer the dense coverage of the trees to the open plains. Registration is required.
Ages: Middle School & High School. Join us on a unique workshop that will take you into the Zoo after hours to learn all about nocturnal animals. We’ll take an evening tour through the zoo to learn all about our animals that prefer the night and even meet a nocturnal ambassador. *Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of this program. Registration is required.
All ages. Location - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Join us as we take you out onto the Zoo’s nature trail to explore the wilderness around Cheyenne Mountain. Through this in-the-field workshop we’ll learn how to identify specific signs that wildlife leave behind and the stories they can tell us. By studying the variety of animal signs we will learn about the ecology of our natural spaces and how animals interact with the environment around them. Registration is required.
All ages. Location: Water's Edge, Africa exhibit, at hippos. Celebrate Omo turning one with us! Discover cool biofacts, make a birthday card for Omo, snap selfies with props, catch a keeper talk on hippos and watch Omo receive a birthday cake! Click 'Find out more" for details and event schedule.
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 not have scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. Check your membership email for more details. Reservations for the Member Enrichment Night event (5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) are not required (Advanced tickets are required for any daytime admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Ages 12-18. CMZoo’s Youth Leadership Action Board invites you to the 4th 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 is closed as of July 10, 2022.
Ages: Middle and High School. Location: Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Come explore one of Colorado Springs’ unique gems in Cheyenne Mountain State Park and learn how to capture its true beauty. Through this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of photographing natural spaces and try their hand at some new techniques. Whether it’s focusing on a small portion of a plant or capturing an entire landscape, we will learn to perfect the different methodologies of outdoor photography. Registration is required.
Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered August 20 & 26. 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! Registration is required.
All ages. Location - Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Join this program if you want to see the outdoors in a whole new light…literally! Come participate in a hike through Cheyenne Mountain State Park during the evening hours when much of the wildlife awakens. Throughout this 2-3 mile beginner’s hike, we will study and learn about the secret lives of nocturnal animals. Registration is required.
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 not have scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. Check your membership email for more details. Reservations for the End of Summer Celebration Night event (5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) are not required (Advanced tickets are required for any daytime admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
All ages. Book your family fun with us today! Summer might be over but Family Camp is heating back up! This month we’re talking about fire. Is all fire bad? What animals actually need wildland fire to survive? Join us as we answer these questions and meet one of our favorite fiery friends, Togo the fire skink. Ambassador Animal: Fire skink Tour Area: Rocky Mountain Wild. Registration is required.
Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered September 23. Registrants will participate in a reptile-themed sensory activity, meet scaly friends throughout the zoo and help make salads for tortoises! Registration is required.
Families of all ages. Location - Fountain Creek Nature Center. Come learn about the wonderful and wild world within our water ecosystems! Join zoo staff as we play and explore in the water at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Together we’ll study and learn about life under the surface and even dip some nets into the water to see what we can find. Registration is required and closes 48 hours before the event.
Ages: Elementary or Middle School. Lions, Tigers…Pallas’ Cat? Join us as we study one of the world’s most fearsome predator, cats! From felines as small as house cats to those that weigh over 600 pounds, we’ll learn about many different feline families around the world. Together we will observe resident species at the Zoo and learn about their adaptations that make them the apex predators of their environments. Registration is required.
Ages: High School. It can be easy to tell how someone is feeling based on their body language and facial expressions, but what about an Orangutan or Gorilla? Join zoo staff as we learn what it takes for professionals in the zoological field to better understand the animals they work with. In this first session of our “Explorations of Ethology” series we’ll dive into the techniques and strategies of reading primate behavior and learn why understanding animal behavior is essential to their care. Registration is required.
It's a boy! In keeping with CMZoo’s tradition of naming baby animals after one month of age, it’s time for this little ball of energy to get a name! To celebrate, we’re offering the unique opportunity to bid to win the rights to name the little one and support the Zoo in an extraordinary way. Minimum bid $5,000. Win the chance to name our little hoglet before the window closes Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at 7 p.m. MT.
Ages: Elementary or Middle School. Come learn about the world’s most wonderful weasels! Mustelids, as the weasel family is taxonomically known, boasts some of our planet’s most unique and tough creatures, such as Badgers, Otters, and Ferrets. Join us as we learn what it takes to be a mighty mustelid and study the lives of these often misunderstood animals. Registration is required.
All ages. Book your family fun with us today! October means that spooky season is upon us! Several creepy and crawly creatures enjoy this time of year, but are they really as scary as we might think? Join us as we unwrap the myths surrounding one of those creepy crawly creatures – spiders! We will even get to meet some of our nicest eight-legged friends around! Ambassador Animal: My Big Backyard spiders. Tour Areas: My Big Backyard and Scutes Family Gallery. Registration is required.
Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered October 26. Registrants will participate in a reptile-themed sensory activity, meet scaly friends throughout the Zoo and help make salads for tortoises! Registration is required.
Middle & High School students. Offered October 7. Teenagers only for this community Starlight Safari. 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.
Ages 5 years and older. Offered Friday, October 7. Enjoy a night off while your kids have a blast at our Kids Only evening Zoo tour. Drop off the kiddos for an amazing night filled with s'mores, animals, and nature connection right here on the mountainside. We will start the night with roasting s'mores around the fire 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.
Families of all ages. Location - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Nature Trail. Let imagination be your guide in this fort building adventure! Join zoo staff as we explore our very own nature trail and seek out the perfect spots to construct our forts. Together we will use natural materials to create unique designs and most importantly have fun in the outdoors. Bring your creative imagination and get ready to build! Registration is required and closes 48 hours before the event.
Ages: Middle School. Location - Fountain Creek Nature Center. Join us for a field trip to Fountain Creek Nature Center as we delve into the world of our native wildlife. Participate in a biodiversity study along with Zoo staff where we will seek out and observe the abundance of wild animals in one of our local parks. Registration is required.
Ages: 6th - 12th grades. Though we may not see them or hear them, they are all around us. With superpower-like adaptations, they rule the night skies. Join us at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as we learn about the incredible lives of owls! Through hands-on activities and up-close experiences, we will learn what makes these creatures some of the most skilled hunters on our planet.Registration is required.
Ages: Elementary or Middle School. Insects are some of the most misunderstood creatures in our world though they are some of the most beneficial. Come join us at the Zoo as we break down the misconceptions of insects and show you how amazing they truly are through some up-close encounters. Registration is required.
Ages 12 months - 4 years. This special Holiday edition Stroller Safari offered only on October 31, 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! Registration is required.
Open 7 nights! Evenings of October 20-22, 27-29 & 31, 2023 - 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All ages. 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! Advance timed admission tickets required and will be on sale closer to the event.
Families of all ages. Location - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Nature Trail. Ever wonder how biologists actually track and study animals in the wild? Come learn from Zoo staff about different tracking methods that are used by professionals and even put your tracking skills to the test with some hands-on experiences using radio telemetry. Registration is required and closes 48 hours before the event.
Ages: 6th-12th grades. Come have an up close animal experience like never before! Join zoo staff as we explore the unique approach of macro-photography. Learn how we can make even some of the smallest creatures seem larger than life itself! Registration is required.
Ages: Elementary or Middle School. Come join Zoo staff as we learn what it takes to train an animal! Whether it’s your pet at home or our residents here at the Zoo, you’ll learn the strategies and techniques that zookeepers use on a daily basis. Through our hands-on workshop, you’ll put your animal training skills to the test with some of our smaller ambassador animals and gain some new knowledge to try at home! Registration is required.
Ages 2-4 with adult/guardian. Calling all young adventurers! Join us as we trek through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s very own Nature Trail. While we navigate an easy walk through nature, we will explore our natural mountainside and incorporate fun nature play concepts for everyone to enjoy. Toddlers should be able to walk on their own for at least 15 minutes or be carried in a backpack (strollers cannot be used on the Nature Trail). *Cost covers a toddler and their parent or guardian. Program cost will also include zoo admission. Registration is required and will close 48 hours prior to the day of the program.
Adults 21+. Offered Dec. 6, Jan. 7, 21. 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. (If you would like to be on a wait list when any of our Date Night Starlight Safaris become sold out, please submit this form to us.)
In celebration of our baby giraffe's one-month birthday, we have some exciting news! YOU can help us decide by voting for your favorite name! Cast your vote in the poll below. The names were chosen by our giraffe care team, specifically for the female calf. VOTE NOW by selecting your favorite option! Each person can vote once during the voting period per unique email address. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. MT, Sunday, November 27, 2022.
Ages 5 years and older. Offered Saturday, November 19. Drop off the kiddos for an evening program that will be sure to create a lifetime memory! We will start the evening with a pizza party before indulging in s'mores (weather permitting). After our bellies are full we will tour the Zoo to see what our animals do at night. We will meet an animal up close, and even feed our giraffe herd, we will also tour our Elephant Barn! To wind down before pick up, we will get creative and use fabric markers and stencils to personalize our very own Zoo pillowcase to take home. Registration is required.
Ages PreK-6th grade. Offered as day camps Monday - Wednesday, November 21, 22 & 23, 2022. PreK-K is a half-day 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1st-6th grade is a full day 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join us for a day or all three! We will be exploring Dynamic Decomposers; Decaying, rotting, and molding, oh MY! Every wonder where all of our waste goes? As the leaves fall, join us as we learn about the decomposers that turn that waste into energy! Registration is required. Fall Break Camps are sold out.
Ages 12 months - 4 years. This special Holiday edition Stroller Safari offered only on November 23. Join us to practice our kitchen prep the day before Thanksgiving! Registrants will prepare a fun feast for some Zoo animals, and participate in other fall themed sensory activities! Registration is required. This program is sold out. To be added to our waitlist complete this form.
Ages 21+. Offered on Jan. 11, 24, Feb. 7, 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. Each month offers a different animal theme to paint. 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.
Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered November
19, 26 30. Participants will explore the zoo, searching and learning about animals that are most active in the evening hours, but sometimes can be encouraged to wake up during the day to say hello to groups like ours! Registration is required. Nov. 19 & 26 are sold out. To be added to our waitlist complete this form.