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Summer Safari: Late Care

Late Care (4:00pm-5:30pm)

Late Care is every weekday afternoon your child is in camp. Late Care is between 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Gates Education Center at the Zoo.

Please remember to choose the same week for Late Care as your camp week.

Group Bunk - Africa Predator Versus Prey

Have a sleepover at Denver Zoo at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Group Bunks are designed with activities, tours and night vision. At this Bunk, your zoo safari will bring you face to face with predator and prey! Discover their adaptations for tracking the herd or escaping the hunt. Prowl with the pride and run with the pack as you view lions, wild dogs, banded mongoose and other residents of the majestic African savanna.

*Bunk geared toward 1st through 3rd grade students. Bunk supports Colorado Academic Science Standard 2.2 for 1st grade and 2nd grade. Program doesn't adhere to 3rd grade standard.

Child: $55 per child

Adult Chaperone: $55 per adult (One adult per 10 children is free)

Important information:

  • Children must be 5+ to attend bunk
  • This bunk does not include dinner or evening snack, but will include breakfast.
  • Registered participants are free to explore the zoo on your own after the Bunk ends.
  • Please note: in order for this program to run, we must have a minimum of 20 total participants registered.
  • You will be contacted after registration to collect your $100 non-refundable deposit. The deposit must be paid within 48 hours to officially hold your date, or all spots will be released.

Group Bunk - Rainforest Wonders

Have a sleepover at Denver Zoo at a Bunk with the Beasts adventure! Group Bunks are designed with activities, tours and night vision. In this bunk you will investigate the layers of the Rainforest, as you travel from the forest floor up through the canopy. Learn about the amazing animals that inhabit dense tropical jungles, the interconnection of species, and how important conservation efforts are to these beautiful but fragile environments.

*Bunk geared toward 4th through 6th grade students.Bunk supports Colorado Academic Science Standard 2.3 for 4th grade and 2.2 for 6th grade. Program doesn't adhere to 5th grade standard.

Child: $55 per child

Adult Chaperone: $55 per adult (One adult per 10 children is free)

Important information:

  • Children must be 5+ to attend bunk
  • This bunk does not include dinner or evening snack, but will include breakfast.
  • Registered participants are free to explore the zoo on your own after the Bunk ends.
  • Please note: in order for this program to run, we must have a minimum of 20 total participants registered.
  • You will be contacted after registration to collect your $100 non-refundable deposit. The deposit must be paid within 48 hours to officially hold your date, or all spots will be released.

Group CampOUT

Bunk with the Beasts CampOUTS are an overnight adventure for your Scouts, Community Groups or School Groups at Denver Zoo. You'll enjoy private tours of the Zoo after hours, a campout dinner, live animal encounters, and campfire treats. You will then conclude the evening by camping out underneath the stars in our safari tents and enjoy breakfast in the morning!

Important information:

  • Children must be 5+ to attend bunk
  • Registered participants are free to explore the zoo on your own after the Bunk ends.

Family Bunk - Wild Lights, Wild Winter

Let your family be the first to experience a private evening of Zoo Lights before the event s opening weekend. Together, you will enjoy dinner, hot cocoa, and crafts and activities to warm up throughout the evening that explore how animals adapt to winter habitats. Wake up to a warm breakfast and a before-hours private tour of the zoo. This bunk experience is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

Important information:

  • Children must be 5+ to attend bunk
  • This bunk includes, dinner, snack and breakfast.
  • Registered participants are free to explore the zoo on your own after the Bunk ends.

Family CampOUT

Bunk with the Beasts CampOUTS are an overnight adventure for the whole family at Denver Zoo. You'll enjoy private tours of the Zoo after hours, a campout dinner, live animal encounters, and campfire treats. You will then conclude the evening by camping out underneath the stars in our safari tents and enjoy breakfast in the morning!

Important information:

  • Children must be 5+ to attend bunk
  • Registered participants are free to explore the zoo on your own after the Bunk ends.

Child Only Bunk - Zoo Year's Eve

Children are invited to celebrate New Year's Eve with a sleepover at Denver Zoo's Bunk with the Beasts adventure! They will explore Zoo Lights, and celebrate the new year in a safe and fun environment, while parents get a night out on the town! The evening will include a pizza dinner, an evening snack and a warm morning breakfast.

Important information:

  • Children must be 5+ to attend bunk
  • This bunk includes, dinner, snack and breakfast.
  • Registered participants are free to explore the zoo on your own after the Bunk ends.
  • Instructor to child ratio is 1 to 8.

Family Plus Membership

IF YOU ARE PURCHASING A GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP FOR SOMEONE ELSE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

A Denver Zoo membership is your pass to adventure! As a member, you receive discounts on food, gifts and special programs. Best of all, by becoming a member you re helping secure a better world for animals here and all over the world.

Family-Plus membership covers:

  • Up to two named adults living in the same household, plus their children (or grandchildren) through the age of 18.
  • Plus one guest each visit.
  • Two ride coupons to be used for either Train or Carousel
  • Two single use guest passes.

Please note: your guest passes and train/carousel coupons have now been loaded on your membership card, and will expire at the end of this current term.

ALL DENVER ZOO MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:

  • Regular daytime admission to Denver Zoo for one year
  • 20% discount on gift shop purchases
  • 10% off food and beverage purchases at Denver Zoo

Family Membership

IF YOU ARE PURCHASING A GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP FOR SOMEONE ELSE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

A Denver Zoo membership is your pass to adventure! As a member, you receive discounts on food, gifts and special programs. Best of all, by becoming a member you re helping secure a better world for animals here and all over the world.

Family membership covers:

  • Up to two named adults living in the same household, plus their children (or grandchildren) through the age of 18.
  • Two ride coupons to be used for either Train or Carousel.
  • Two single use guest passes.

Please note: your guest passes and train/carousel coupons will be loaded on your membership card, and will expire at the end of this new term.

ALL DENVER ZOO MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:

  • Regular daytime admission to Denver Zoo forone year
  • 20% discount on gift shop purchases
  • 10% off food and beverage purchases at Denver Zoo

Friends of Denver Zoo

A Denver Zoo membership is your pass to adventure! As a member, you receive discounts on food, gifts and special programs. Best of all, by becoming a member you re helping secure a better world for animals here and all over the world.

Friends of Denver Zoo membership covers:

  • Up to two named adults living in the same household, plus their children (or grandchildren) through the age of 18.
  • Plus eight guests with each visit.
  • Two ride coupons to be used for either Train or Carousel.
  • Four single use guest passes.
  • Two Zoo Light tickets.
  • Invitations to other special events.

Please note: your guest passes and train/carousel coupons will be loaded on your membership card, and will expire at the end of this current term.

ALL DENVER ZOO MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:

  • Regular daytime admission to Denver Zoo forone year
  • 20% discount on gift shop purchases
  • 10% off food and beverage purchases at Denver Zoo

Individual & Guest Membership

IF YOU ARE PURCHASING A GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP FOR SOMEONE ELSE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

A Denver Zoo membership is your pass to adventure! As a member, you receive discounts on food, gifts and special programs. Best of all, by becoming a member you re helping secure a better world for animals here and all over the world.

Individual & Guest membership covers:

  • One named adult plus one guest.
  • Two ride coupons to be used for either Train or Carousel
  • One single use guest pass.

Please note: your guest pass and train/carousel coupons will be loaded on your membership card, and will expire at the end of this current term.

ALL DENVER ZOO MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:

  • Regular daytime admission to Denver Zoo for one year
  • 20% discount on gift shop purchases
  • 10% off food and beverage purchases at Denver Zoo

Zoo for Two Membership

IF YOU ARE PURCHASING A GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP FOR SOMEONE ELSE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

A Denver Zoo membership is your pass to adventure! As a member, you receive discounts on food, gifts and special programs. Best of all, by becoming a member you re helping secure a better world for animals here and all over the world.

Zoo for Two membership covers:

  • Two named adults in the same household.
  • Two ride coupons to be used for either Train or Carousel.
  • One single use guest pass.

Please note: your guest pass and train/carousel coupons will be loaded on your membership card, and will expire at the end of this new term.

ALL DENVER ZOO MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:

  • Regular daytime admission to Denver Zoo for one year
  • 20% discount on gift shop purchases
  • 10% off food and beverage purchases at Denver Zoo

Individual Membership

IF YOU ARE PURCHASING A GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP FOR SOMEONE ELSE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

A Denver Zoo membership is your pass to adventure! As a member, you receive discounts on food, gifts and special programs. Best of all, by becoming a member you re helping secure a better world for animals here and all over the world.

Individual membership covers

  • One named adult.
  • Two ride coupons to be used for either Train or Carousel
  • One single use guest pass.

Please note: your guest pass and train/carousel coupons will be loaded on your membership card, and will expire at the end of this new term.

ALL DENVER ZOO MEMBERSHIPS INCLUDE:

  • Regular daytime admission to Denver Zoo for one year
  • 20% discount on gift shop purchases
  • 10% off food and beverage purchases at Denver Zoo

Zoo Crew Tuition

This is the tuition payment link for all CURRENT teen volunteers (teens that have been accepted into the program)

  • Tuition must be paid yearly by the first day of summer.
  • You will need a password to be able to complete your payment, if you do not know the password contact a Teen Programs Staff person.

Schools: Denver Zoo Secret Science Days

Denver Zoo Secret Science Days

School Groups: Grades K-5th

Did you know that everything we do at the zoo to care for our animals involves science? Uncover the secret science animal care professionals use every day as they care for our 4,000 wild residents!

Teacher's spark your student’s interest in science as you explore real world animal care challenges in these special discovery days at Denver Zoo. Secret Science Day maps lead students throughout the zoo to gain an insider view into ways that keepers, veterinarians, nutritionists, trainers and exhibit designers meet the challenges of caring for our wild family.

Zoo staff and volunteers will help your students uncover the inside workings of Denver Zoo, encourage them to make observations at exhibits, discuss ideas with their peers, and share what they’ve learned. The more they engage, the more they discover – students who interact with Secret Science Day experts receive tips on where to see exciting shows and demonstrations, interact with keepers and vets, and meet live animals up close!

Denver Zoo Secret Science Days: Explore. Engage. Explain.

Zookeeper Experience

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a zookeeper? During this Zoo Keeper Experience, participants will spend a morning with a zookeeper from our education animal division and learn what it takes to work in an animal care career. During the experience, participants will try their hand at zookeeper responsibilities by participating in two or more of the following activities:

  • Preparing animal diets
  • Helping to weigh and care for animals
  • Taking part in animal training
  • Assisting with animal demonstrations or shows
  • And of course, everyone’s favorite - cleaning!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

WHO:

  • Animal lovers ages 9-18 with a passion to learn about careers working with animals. This is your chance to delve right in and see what a Zookeeper’s day is really like!

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Closed-toed shoes, a comfortable shirt, and pants or shorts. Dress for the weather! Portions of our program may be held outside even in inclement weather.
  • Please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty, as being a zookeeper can get messy and there is a lot of cleaning.

WHAT TO BRING

  • A water bottle, your confirmation sheet and your camera (photo opportunities will be provided).
  • Please note: The focus of the program is an in-depth exploration of a zookeeper’s job; limited direct contact with live animals will be involved.

CANCELLATION FEES

  • A cancellation fee of 50% will be charged for cancelling with less than two weeks notice. A cancellation fee of 100% will be charged for a missed program.

2018 AAZK National Conference - Full Conference

Rocky Mountain AAZK is hosting the 2018 conference for the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Through this professional conference we encourage our delegates to "Adjust their Altitude" by learning a variety of topics in the zoological field through paper presentations and workshops, as well as through being inspired by our key note speaker- Temple Grandin.

Professional certificate courses are available

  • Innovations in Small Primate Care
  • Elevating Your Impact: Leadership Process Improvement
  • Team Building and Advanced Behavioral Husbandry

Registration Return/ Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund until August 1, 2018
  • 75% refund from August 16, 2018 - September 30, 2018
  • 50% refund after October 1, 2018

2018 American Association of Zookeepers National Conference - Individual Day Conference Registration

Rocky Mountain AAZK is hosting the 2018 conference for the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Through this professional conference we encourage our delegates to "Adjust their Altitude" by learning a variety of topics in the zoological field through paper presentations and workshops, as well as through being inspired by our key note speaker- Temple Grandin.

Professional certificate courses are available

  • Innovations in Small Primate Care
  • Elevating Your Impact: Leadership Process Improvement
  • Team Building and Advanced Behavioral Husbandry

Registration Return/ Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund until August 1, 2018
  • 75% refund from August 16, 2018 - September 30, 2018
  • 50% refund after October 1, 2018

Conservation: One Small Step to Empower Your Own Journey

You may only register for a MAXIMUM of two workshops. If Registering for a Professional Certificate Course, you may not register for any other afternoon workshops.

Limited Topical - Registration Required

Workshop Abstract:

Conservation is an extremely important part of the zoo industry. We use it in our daily keeper talks, education programs, take home actions for our guests and participate in field work. We have such a deep passion for our natural world and now more than ever, the environment is in need of all of our help. Dave Johnson is the Director of the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund and will discuss how he created this fund and the projects he has worked on both current, past and future.Stacy Johnson is an animal keeper at Denver Zoo and was able to use her passion to create conservation initiatives. This workshop will focus on creating and participating in conservation projects at zoos, nationally and internationally, and the ways in which people can create their own niche. Lectures and presentations will be given to "Adjust Your Altitude" toward a better tomorrow.

Creating a Movement: How to work together to save a species

You may only register for a MAXIMUM of two workshops. If Registering for a Professional Certificate Course, you may not register for any other afternoon workshops.

Limited Topical -  Registration Required

Workshop Abstract:

Operation Twiga. Giraffe Plasma Bank. World Giraffe Day. Love for Longnecks.  Giraffe SAFE initiatives.

Whether you re watching posts on social media, nature documentaries on BBC, or hashtag symbols in zookeeper groups, you ve probably noticed that giraffe have popped up more in the last few years than they ever have before.  That s no accident; people who are passionate about these gentle giants decided to combine efforts on all fronts in order to push them into the limelight. These people all have a common goal: to save this species, both in-situ and ex-situ.

In order to help save the giraffe, this team started putting their skill sets to use on collaborative projects such as wild giraffe hoof studies, the Giraffe Care Workshop, and Operation Twiga 2. They started sharing everything they could on topics that they were skilled in, including but not limited to: veterinary care, research, conservation, training, enrichment, husbandry practices, education, and public awareness.

Each instructor has a unique path that lead to working with giraffe, but they also ended up also working with each other. This workshop will dive into how each one became infatuated with a long-legged, spotted creature, and what each person is personally doing to try to save them. It will also cover the steps they took to reach out to others in various platforms in order to create a movement that ensures the long-term survival of giraffe. The hope is that workshop attendees can replicate the processes with animals they have a similar connection with.

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