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Winter Day Camps

720-974-1877
Explore animal interactions, defense mechanisms, and extreme adaptations with hands-on activities. Reservation required.

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.

SF Family Tree: Bird Festival

720-509-1000
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.

Goat Dairy Field Trips

518-605-8382
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

Meet the Woodpeckers: Downy and Hairy

303-776-8688
Discover habits of woodpeckers through hands-on activities and learn where to look for them. Ages 5-10 with adult. Reservations required online.

Monarch Day

303-469-5441
Celebrate the wonder of monarch butterflies with special activities going on all day. Free-$11.

Denver Cat Company Cafe

303-433-3422
Play with well-socialized cats up for adoption in a coffeehouse setting while you read, do homework, or enjoy a snack.

Full Moon Hike

303-678-6215
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.

Macro Photography

720-974-1877
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.

All About Owls

720-898-7405
Learn what makes owls different than other birds and raptors. A snack will be provided.

Nature EdVentures – Falconry and Colorado Raptors

303-791-2710
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.

HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival

303-973-9530
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.

National Western Stock Show

303-299-5544
See the world's largest stock show, involving more than 15,000 animals. See rodeos, horse shows, mutton bustin', and a western trade show.

Visit The Goats

518-605-8382
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.

Avian Arvada: Ralston Creek Trail

720-898-7405
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.

Dumb Friends League Wag ‘n Trail

303-751-5772
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.

Doggie Plunge

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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.

Military Appreciation Week

719-633-9925
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

303-469-5441
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.

Ladies Fishing on the Fly

303-791-2500
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.

Winter in the Tropics

303-439-2379
See the Polynesian Princess visit Butterfly Pavilion in search of heroes ready to fulfill their destiny. Enjoy songs, glowing scorpions, and free-flying butterflies.

Live Bat Encounter

303-697-6159
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.

Marine Biologist for a Day

303-561-4450
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.

Spooky Spiders

720-898-7405
Learn all about spiders and catch some new eight-legged friends in the park. Ages 4-10. Register online. $5.

Doggie Splash

303-791-2500
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.

Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage

720-337-1400
Get up-close and personal with Asian elephants, Indian one-horned rhinos, Malayan tapirs, and many other animals.

Fishing Fun!

303-425-1097
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…

Old Fashioned Playdates

303-776-8848
Join in a morning of fun playing outside and trying games your great grandparents might have played. Ages 6-12 with adult.

Farm Visits

303-774-8001
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.

Bat Encounters

303-805-6800
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.

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…

Refuge Day

303-289-0930
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.

$5 Day

303-469-5441
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.

Cider Days

303-987-7850
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.

Zoologist for a Day

303-561-4450
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.

Nature EdVentures – Full Moon Hike

303-791-2710
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.

Doggie Splash& Pet Expo

303-471-8809
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…

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.

Stock Show Parade

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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…

Bugtober

303-439-2379
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.

Family Discovery Series: HawkQuest – Birds of Prey

303-805-6800
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.

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.

Teddy Bear Day

719-633-9925
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.

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).

Dog Days at Fort Garland

719-379-3512
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.

Star K Kids

303-326-8650
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.

Family Discovery Series: Bat Encounters

303-805-6800
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.

Carnivores in the City

303-425-1097
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.…

History Hound Hikes: Explore Echo Lake

303-866-2394
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.