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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!



  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
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