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Doggie Splash& Pet Expo

See the Westridge outdoor pool become a canine ‘splash ground.’ Bring your canine companion and enjoy the vendors, concessions and the camaraderie. Small dog hour from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., dogs 15 poundsand/or 15 inches can enjoy the pool without being trampled. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. is for everyone to enjoy. Admission $7 in…

World Wetlands Day

Explore the diversity of wetland invertebrates and learn about habitat conservation.

Bat Encounters

Meet mysterious bats from around the world (including a giant bat with a 6-foot wingspan), and discover why bats are threatened and what can be done to help these misunderstood animals. Age 5 and older. $5.

Military Appreciation Week

Explore CM Zoo with 50% off normal admission base price, which is offered to all active-duty, veteran and retired military personnel and their dependents living in the same household. Bring identification to verify military or retired military status. Visit website to see the list of identification options to bring in to verify status.

$5 Day

Experience all of the displays and activities of the Butterfly Pavilion for only $5 per person.

Spooky Spiders

Learn all about spiders and catch some new eight-legged friends in the park. Ages 4-10. Register online. $5.

Stock Show Parade

Watch more than 40 Longhorn cattle walking through the streets of downtown Denver. Step back in time and see a true western cattle drive with horses, cowboys, cowgirls, tractors, marching bands, and floats. The parade starts at Union Station and runs down 17th Street and is followed by the annual National Western BBQ Lunch beginning…

Walk With The Dogs

Enjoy National Walk Your Dog Day with Majestic View. Learn pet facts and enjoy hot cocoa at the end of the walk - dogs must be on leash. Registration required. Meet at parking lot on 72nd, just west of Carr Street.

HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival

Enjoy live owl demonstrations, food trucks, live folk music, owl merchandise, owl pellet dissection, and more. Located at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater and surrounding buildings and native plant gardens of the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park. All proceeds benefit our nonprofit nature center and other participating nonprofit partners.

Dog Days at Fort Garland

Bring your dog to the fort for a fun day of dog and human activities and music. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society. $5 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3.50 child, members are free.

Old Fashioned Playdates

Join in a morning of fun playing outside and trying games your great grandparents might have played. Ages 6-12 with adult.

World Spider Day

Explore the world of spiders, their contributions to our world, and learn how to conserve them. Activities include scientist chats and live animal encounters.

Avian Arvada: Ralston Creek Trail

Join Chip Clouse, former Education and Outreach Director for the American Birding Association, for a bird walk at dusk along the Ralston Creek. Meet at Gold Strike Park at W. 56th Ave. and Ralston Rd. Register online.

History Hound Hikes: Explore Echo Lake

Explore Echo Lake and Mount Evans with expert guide Jessie Foster and a friendly canine companion. $20, $17 members, $35 family ticket, $30 member family ticket.

Star K Kids

Every Thu, 9:30 and 11am. Discover Aurora’s true nature through puppets, interactive activities and discovery time on the trail. Age 5 and younger. Call or go online to register.

$5 Day

See bees hard at work in their hive, touch starfish and crabs and experience being surrounded by 1,600 free-flying butterflies for the admission price of $5.

Fishing Fun!

Sign up for our fishing clinic provided by ELK (Environmental Learning for Kids) staff. Learn skills on how to tie fishing knots, how to rig a rod and reel, casting, and the best part is every registered child will get a fishing rod. Dress appropriately. Registration required. Ages 5-12. $8. Class is limited to 30…

Live Bats

Noon or 2pm. Meet Rob Mies, a Museum favorite and director of the Organization for Bat Conservation. Step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their lives, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. Meet fruit bats from Asia and Africa, and the largest bat species in the world. $10-$15.

Family Discovery Series: HawkQuest – Birds of Prey

Meet a Bald or a Golden eagle, an owl, a falcon, and features a free-flying hawk. Guests will learn about the importance of different raptor species, their specially-adapted tools, and their role in our ecosystems.

Meet the Woodpeckers: Downy and Hairy

Discover habits of woodpeckers through hands-on activities and learn where to look for them. Ages 5-10 with adult. Reservations required online.

Winter Day Camps

Explore animal interactions, defense mechanisms, and extreme adaptations with hands-on activities. Reservation required.

Family Discovery Series: Bat Encounters

Meet mysterious bats from around the world (including a giant bat with a 6-foot wingspan), and discover why bats are threatened and what you can do to help these misunderstood animals.

Cider Days

Celebrate Lakewood’s agricultural heritage with tractor pulls and vintage power displays, wagon and barrel train rides along with other children’s activities and more. $8 adult, $5 ages 3-12.

Denver Cat Company Cafe

Play with well-socialized cats up for adoption in a coffeehouse setting while you read, do homework, or enjoy a snack.

Passport to Culture: Bird Festival

Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in various activities highlighting bird anatomy, identification, migration and more. Age 5 and older. $5.

All About Owls

Learn what makes owls different than other birds and raptors. A snack will be provided.

Nature EdVentures – Full Moon Hike

Stroll by the light of the moon and learn about the nocturnal critters that call Highlands Ranch home. Age 10 and older. Advance registration required. $10 Highlands Ranch resident, $12 nonresident.

Nature EdVentures – Falconry and Colorado Raptors

Explore the ancient practice of humans and birds of prey working together and meet live raptors during this program presented by Wild Wings Environmental Education. Age 10 and older. Advance registration required. $10 Highlands Ranch resident, $12 nonresident.

National Western Stock Show

See the world's largest stock show, involving more than 15,000 animals. See rodeos, horse shows, mutton bustin', and a western trade show.

Family Day: T is for Tracks

Become nature detectives and investigate ways in which you can understand which creatures have passed through the same trails, streams, and forests that people travel through. Includes hands-on science and art activities.

Full Moon Hike

Discover an open space in the moonlight, and learn about the importance of the moon to people, wildlife, and more. All ages. Reservations required: dprice@bouldercounty.org.

Refuge Day

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week by exploring your neighborhood Refuge during this free, fun-filled day for the entire family. Activities include live owl presentations, wildlife arts and crafts and much more.

Ladies Fishing on the Fly

Classroom: Aug 11, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Fieldtrip: Aug 12 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.(Lake Lehow) Learn the art of fly fishing from the Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited. For ladies age 16 and older only. $30 in advance, $35 day of event.

Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage

Get up-close and personal with Asian elephants, Indian one-horned rhinos, Malayan tapirs, and many other animals.

Bat Encounter Live

1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm. See some of the rarest bats in the world, up-close and personal in this one-of-a-kind educational program. Learn how bats impact humans and keep our environment healthy. $15.50 adult, $12.50 member adult, $8 child (ages 3-15).

Dumb Friends League Wag ‘n Trail

Enjoy the 1.6-mile hike with your pups, a beer garden sponsored by Living the Dream Brewing Co., music, adoptable dogs and access to a five-acre, off-leash dog park before or after the festivities.

Teddy Bear Day

Bring a teddy bear to the zoo and get in for $9.75. All stuffed animals will receive a complete check-up and official certificate of health. Ages 3-11.

Kids Only Valentines Sleepover WildNight

Drop the kids off to enjoy a pizza party, roast s’mores, an evening tour, and animal meet-up. Kids will make an animal-themed valentine craft to take home. Includes a continental breakfast and a morning tour. Reservations are required. Ages 5-14.

Doggie Splash

Let your dogs enjoy a day at the pool. No humans allowed in the pool this day. Times vary depending on size of dog. $5 in advance, $10 week of.

Boo At The Zoo – Denver Zoo

Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of Denver Zoo. This event is included in the price of regular Zoo admission.

Monarch Day

Celebrate the wonder of monarch butterflies with special activities going on all day. Free-$11.

Goat Dairy Field Trips

Ongoing through Oct. Hours vary. Learn about small-scale goat dairy production and get hands-on experience with goats during interactive field trips. All ages and abilities. Reservations required: maddie@mountainflowerdairy.com

$5 Day

Get a reduced admission price to see bees hard at work in their hive, touch live starfish and crabs, and experience being surrounded by 1,600 free-flying butterflies. $5.

Bugtober

Times vary. Enjoy a whole month of Halloween fun with immersive exhibits, special events for all ages and two weekends of indoor trick-or-treating. Reservation required for some events; prices vary.

Live Bat Encounter

Learn about the benefits of bats, conservation and see live bats from North America, Africa and Asia. Age 5 and older. Register online. $5 in advance, $7 day of.

Carnivores in the City

Touch the pelts and skulls of lions, coyotes and bears while learning how these animals thrive in nature and urban settings. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All ages must register for this class through the City of Westminster’s Activity Registration Webpage. Park day entrance fee or pass required. Class is free! All ages.…

Boo at the Zoo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Oct. 20-22, 27-29 and 31. Trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment; enjoy candy made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans. $17.75 online in advance, $20.75 at gate (if not sold out in advance). Purchase tickets early; individual nights are subject to selling out. Discounts available for Zoo members, military…

Zoologist for a Day

Learn how zoologists handle and train the creatures that live outside of the ocean. Help prepare food, participate in positive reinforcement training and learn how animals are cared for at the aquarium. Pre-registration is required at least 2 weeks in advance.

Macro Photography

Join expert photographer Bob Krugmire for hands-on instruction that will teach how to take professional Macro shots. Adults. Reservations required. $13.50 members, $15 nonmembers.

Visit The Goats

Take a tour of the premises, pet the goats, meet the farmers and participate in a variety of goat-related jobs and activities. Donations appreciated.

Zoologist for a Day

Learn how zoo keepers handle and train the creatures that live outside of the ocean. Help prepare food, participate in positive reinforcement training and learn how animals are cared for at the aquarium. Pre-registration is required at least 2 weeks in advance.

Marine Biologist for a Day

See if you have what it takes to be a Marine Biologist. Help prepare food, feed some exhibits, and learn how our biologists take care of the animals. Pre-registration is required at least 2 weeks in advance.

Winter in the Tropics

See the Polynesian Princess visit Butterfly Pavilion in search of heroes ready to fulfill their destiny. Enjoy songs, glowing scorpions, and free-flying butterflies.

SF Family Tree: Bird Festival

Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in various activities highlighting bird anatomy, identification, migration and more. Presented in a Sensory Friendly environment. Age 5 and older. $5.

Doggie Plunge

Bring your friendly pooch for a day at the pool. Only dogs allowed in the pool. Families can enjoy food trucks and sponsor tents. $15 per dog, no charge for their human friends. Every dog will receive a PawBender ice cream treat from Goodtimes.

Farm Visits

Wed-Sun 9am-1pm through Oct 31. Experience farm life with baby animals, tire swings, a zip line and more. $13 Wed-Fri; $15 Sat-Sun includes horse rides. Punch cards available. Free under 12 months. Reservations required online.

Giraffe Encounter Made Possible by Toyota

Connect with the reticulated giraffes with the special opportunity to hand-feed Dikembe, Heshimu, Masika, and Kipele.

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