Rewarding and Inspiring.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary Docent Program is one of our most successful programs! Not only because of the wonderful and talented group of individuals who volunteer their time, but because they are able to inspire so many children every year. They challenge children to care about wildlife and the natural world, providing them with an experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. Sound rewarding? Consider becoming a member of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary. No previous experience is necessary.

Options as a Docent

Volunteer during the week as a Tour Educator or on the weekends as an Interpretive Educator or a combination of both - it's up to you.

Requirements & Application Process

Volunteers from all walks of life, ages 21 and over, are accepted and encouraged to apply. Over the past 50+ years, you may have noticed volunteers in green polos educating guests, helping with enrichment or leading tours around CMZoo. This wonderful group is our docents, who volunteer their time to help inspire kids of all ages to care about wildlife and the natural world! We encourage you to apply to join this dedicated team of advocates for wildlife and wild places.

Training Classes:

– Class size is limited.
– Training Class time: January – March, all day on Saturdays.
– Complete your application, then follow instructions to sign-up for training.

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To Apply

Complete and submit our online application. Applications close June 22, 2024.
CMZ Docent Application


If you have any questions, please contact a Docent Membership Coordinator by sending an email to [email protected].

About the Docents

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary (CMZA) was formed in 1969 as a non-profit organization to give aid in carrying out the Zoo’s objectives. It is an active and founding member of the international Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents & Volunteers (AZADV).


  • To support the Zoo in providing a major zoological park for residents and visitors of the Pikes Peak region.
  • To assist the Zoo in providing recreational, educational, conservation and scientific facilities in the fields of natural history, zoology and related subjects.
  • To aid the Zoo’s education program by providing docent guide service for school groups and related organizations, and providing liaison with other educational institutions.
  • To work with the Zoo staff toward increased utilization of the zoological park and its facilities.

Docent Activities Include