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Baby Animal Days

Date:
Apr 19, 2018 to Apr 21, 2018
Schedule:
10am-3pm
Cost:
Admission is $3/person ages for age 3 and up
Phone:
970-350-9220

Learn about and see the resident baby animals who have arrived for the season and some who are visiting just for this event. See calves, baby pigs, lambs, chicks, ducks, goats, and rabbits.

Electric Safari 2018

Date:
Dec 07, 2018 to Jan 01, 2019
Schedule:
Dec. 7–9, 14–23, and Dec. 25–Jan 1. 4:30pm early entrance for members and their paying guests. 5:30-8:30pm for general admission
Cost:
Free for members; $12.75 online in advance, $14.75 at the door
Phone:
719-633-9925

See more than 85 one-of-a-kind light sculptures and enjoy animal experiences. Santa Claus himself will be taking holiday wishes each night through Dec. 23.

All About Owls

Date:
Nov 07, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
720-898-7405

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

Winter in the Tropics

Date:
Jan 07, 2018 1pm - 4pm
Cost:
Included with admission.
Phone:
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.

Animals of the Wizarding World

Date:
Mar 26, 2018 1pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-604-2424

Attend an educational program with Nature's Educators who will introduce kids to raptors, reptiles, insects, arachnids, and amphibians featured in popular stories. Learn about their role in the stories, as well as their habitat, diet, and natural history.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Mar 10, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit the Aquarium before it opens to the general public. Ambient sounds are turned down so children with sensory issues and disabilities can enjoy the aquarium in a calmer, quieter setting.

Summer Heritage Day

Date:
Jun 10, 2018 10am - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8848

Visit with costumed volunteers as they demonstrate late 1800s games and chores such as doing laundry the old-fashioned way, woodworking, meal preparation, and blacksmithing. Meet animals at a petting zoo, and learn about the animals raised on the ranch.

Snowcats Cat Convention

Date:
Dec 08, 2018 to Dec 09, 2018
Cost:
$15 and up
Phone:
303-975-6120

Experience all things cats, including celebrity meet-and-greets, explore the latest products and vendors from across the world, adopt little furballs looking for new homes, and also take part in supporting charities dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of cats.

Pets ‘N Popsicles

Date:
Aug 03, 2018 to Aug 12, 2018
Schedule:
10am-3pm
Cost:
$3 per person age 3 and up; includes a popsicle for each paid admission
Phone:
970-350-9220

Experience animals up close and get your questions answered. Afterward, stroll along the museum’s paths and try out the call phone audio and visual tour.

Inclusivity Workshop: Examining Unconscious Bias

Date:
May 21, 2019 9:30am - 3:30pm
Cost:
$50 (includes lunch)
Phone:
720-974-1863

Attend a workshop that includes exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning sessions that will allow participants to become familiar with culturally competent approaches to community engagement, workplace inclusivity, and project planning. Preregistration required.

$5 Day

Date:
Nov 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Barnyard Critter Day

Date:
Jun 24, 2018 10am - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8688

Learn about the roles of chickens, pigs, horses, and other farm animals. See demonstrations of sheep herding and horseshoeing, visit with chickens and pigs, and ride on a horse-drawn wagon.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Jan 13, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit the aquarium when ambient sounds are turned down for a calmer, quieter setting. Sounds will be turned back on starting at 9:45am.

School of Snakes

Date:
Feb 16, 2019 10 - 11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Discover what makes snakes powerful predators of the grasslands. Online reservations required; use event code #910807. Ages 4-8.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Dec 09, 2018 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Explore the aquarium early, with ambient sounds turned down so children can enjoy the exhibits in a calm and quiet setting. Aquarium sounds will be turned on for the regular business day at 9:45am. Tickets can be purchased at the box office.

Highlands Ranch Days

Date:
Sep 06, 2018 to Sep 08, 2018
Cost:
$5 adult, $3 child, free age 2 and under
Phone:
303-471-8856

Celebrate Colorado heritage with western entertainment, livestock displays, and hay rides.

History Hounds: Red Rocks

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 9 - 11am
Cost:
$15 member, $20 nonmember, $30 member family, $35 nonmember family
Phone:
303-866-2394

Enjoy a fun hike with your canine friend along the Trading Post Trail while learning about the history of the best musical venue in the world. Meet at the Trading Post. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others, and remain on a leash. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their…

Monarch Day

Date:
Sep 15, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-439-2379

Discover the incredible world of monarch butterflies through this all-day celebration featuring live animal encounters, interactive learning, crafts, and games.

Farm Visits

Date:
May 01, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018
Schedule:
Thu-Sun, 9am-1pm
Cost:
$13-$15. Punch cards available
Phone:
303-774-8001

Experience farm life with baby animals, tire swings, a zip line, and more. Free under 12 months. Reservations required online.

Bunk with the Beasts: I Love the Zoo

Date:
Feb 15, 2019 to Feb 16, 2019
Cost:
$65-$75 per person
Phone:
720-337-1400

Send the kids to spend a night at Denver Zoo exploring the zoo and its exhibits. Learn about different animals and participate in games and activities. Reservations required.

Cats & Canines Holiday Camp

Date:
Nov 19, 2018 to Nov 20, 2018
Cost:
$50/day. After-care available $6/day
Phone:
720-306-8000

Study the difference between bobcats and lynx, and learn about the coyotes and foxes of our state with SPREE (South Platte River Environmental Education) holiday camps. Age 6-5th grade.

Teddy Bear Day

Date:
Aug 18, 2018 9am - 4pm
Cost:
$9.75 ages 3-11 who bring their favorite plush friend, age 2 and under are 75 cents, free for members
Phone:
719-633-9925

Bring a teddy friend and see special animal shows throughout the day. Stop by the Teddy Bear Clinic for a free stuffed animal "checkup." Volunteers from Children’s Hospital Colorado will administer stitches, splints, or any necessary “medical” procedures to stuffed animals that are in need of a little TLC.

Goat Dairy Field Trips

Date:
Aug 26, 2017 to Oct 31, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
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

Ladies’ Fishing on the Fly

Date:
Aug 24, 2018 to Aug 25, 2018
Schedule:
Classroom, Fri, Aug. 24, 6-9pm; Outdoor Classroom and Field Trip, Sat, Aug. 25, 8:30am-1pm
Cost:
See website for details
Phone:
303-791-2500

Learn the art of fly fishing. There is one classroom session and an outdoor classroom and field trip. Ladies age 16 and up.

Refuge Day

Date:
Oct 14, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
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.

National Western Stock Show

Date:
Jan 12, 2019 to Jan 27, 2019
Cost:
Grounds admission: $10-$22 adults age 12 and up, $3-$4 children ages 3-11, free age 2 and under. Ticketed event prices vary but include grounds admission
Phone:
303-299-5544

See the world’s largest stock show, involving more than 15,000 animals. Experience rodeos, horse shows, a wild west show, and a trade show. There are special activities for kids and opportunities to see animals up close.

Jody’s Preschool Fun with Animals

Date:
Mar 06, 2019 to Mar 27, 2019
Schedule:
Wed, 10-10:45am
Cost:
$18 for 4-week session
Phone:
720-898-7405

Let Jody Weiland take little ones on adventures to glimpse into the worlds of prairie dogs, snakes, turtles, and rabbits. Register online. Ages 3-6.

Freedom Service Dogs Summer Graduation

Date:
Jun 23, 2018 1 - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-922-6231

Hear the inspiring stories of clients, and celebrate the client-dog teams that have worked so hard to graduate from FSD. Learn about the many hours that trainers and volunteers put in to transform shelter dogs into service dogs and professional therapy dogs.

Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage

Date:
Nov 27, 2017 to Jun 30, 2018
Cost:
$15 ages 12-64, $12 age 65 and up, $10 ages 3-11, free age 2 and under
Phone:
720-337-1400

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

Butterfly Pavilion $5 Day

Date:
Apr 21, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-469-5441

Explore the incredible world of invertebrates from land, air, and sea. Hold Rosie the tarantula, touch a starfish and crab, and walk among free-flying butterflies.

Walk With The Dogs

Date:
Feb 22, 2018 10am - 11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

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.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
May 12, 2019 to Jul 14, 2019
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit early for a special morning when ambient sounds are turned down so that adults and children with sensory issues and disabilities can enjoy the aquarium in a calmer and quieter setting. Aquarium sounds will be turned on for the regular business day at 9:45am.

Survival Exhibit

Date:
Mar 24, 2018 to May 31, 2018
Cost:
Included with admisson
Phone:
303-469-5441

See the Butterfly Pavilion's newest interactive exhibit. The exhibit gives a fascinating, up-close look at the incredible ways some of the world’s smallest animals overcome the challenges of an invertebrate world. Learn about adaptations through interactive displays, technology and live animal encounters.

Stock Show Parade

Date:
Jan 10, 2019 Noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-231-5657

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. The National Western BBQ Lunch begins at 11:30am in the atrium…

Bat Encounter Live

Date:
Oct 29, 2017
Cost:
Phone:

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).

Visit The Goats

Date:
Sep 01, 2018 10am - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
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.

Nature Nerds Family Club

Date:
Jan 05, 2019 10:30am - noon
Cost:
$6-$14 adults, $4-$6 children ages 2-12. Includes admission
Phone:
303-469-5441

Explore nature topics with the whole family. January's topic is Rainforest Explorers. Learn about the rainforest's amazing plants, animals, and relevance to our daily lives. Best for families with children ages 4-10. Preregistration and payment required.

Prairie Dog Town

Date:
May 11, 2019 10 - 11:30am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Join a park naturalist and visit the largest prairie dog town on the north side of the park.

I Spy Beaks and Feet!

Date:
Apr 30, 2019 10 - 11:30am
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Watch for local birds and find out where they live, eat, and have babies. Ages 2-5. Register online. Located near Boulder; location provided to those registered.

Bird Banding Club

Date:
Feb 13, 2018 to May 15, 2018
Schedule:
4-5:30pm on select days
Cost:
$125 for 8 sessions; scholarships available
Phone:
303-499-3647 ext. 103

Learn about the art and science of bird banding, gain skills in field identification, and more. Ages 11-15. Email gwen@thornenature.org for more details.

$5 Day

Date:
Sep 16, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Dumb Friends League Wag ‘n Trail

Date:
Sep 16, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Nature EdVentures – Full Moon Hike

Date:
Oct 05, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Marine Biologist for a Day

Date:
Jan 04, 2018 to Jul 05, 2019
Schedule:
Visit website for specific class sections and dates
Cost:
$65
Phone:
303-561-4450

See if you have what it takes to be a marine biologist. Help prepare food, feed animals, and learn how biologists take care of the animals. Preregistration is required at least 2 weeks in advance.

History Hound Hikes: Explore Echo Lake

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

Date:
Mar 01, 2019 to Mar 03, 2019
Cost:
$12 adults, free under age 5
Phone:
303-297-1166

Visit with more than 300 vendors selling innovative equine-related products and services. Learn from renowned horse clinicians and see performing horses set to music and lights. Dr. Temple Grandin will speak on March 3, 2019 at 1 pm and will be selling and signing her books after the presentation.

Family Discovery Series: HawkQuest – Birds of Prey

Date:
Feb 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Valentine’s Overnight

Date:
Feb 15, 2019 to Feb 16, 2019
Schedule:
Overnight to 8am the next morning
Cost:
$50.75 member, $60.75 nonmember​
Phone:
719-633-9925

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

Repticon Denver Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Date:
Mar 10, 2018 10am - 5pm
Cost:
$10 adults, $5 ages 5-12, free age 4 and under
Phone:
303-795-4955

Visit with vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and free raffles for prizes.

Ladies Fishing on the Fly

Date:
Aug 12, 2017 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Apr 14, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit early for a special morning when ambient sounds are turned down so that adults and children with sensory issues and disabilities can enjoy the aquarium in a calmer and quieter setting. Aquarium sounds will be turned on for the regular business day at 9:45am.

Boo At The Zoo

Date:
Oct 20, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Schedule:
Oct. 20-21 and 27-28
Cost:
$20 ages 12-64, $17 age 65 and up, $14 ages 3-11
Phone:
720-337-1400

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

Nature EdVentures – Falconry and Colorado Raptors

Date:
Oct 03, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Boo at the Zoo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Date:
Oct 20, 2017 to Oct 31, 2017
Cost:
Phone:

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…

Old Fashioned Playdates

Date:
Aug 06, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
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.

World Elephant Day

Date:
Aug 12, 2018
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:

Celebrate Denver Zoo’s resident Asian elephants and elephants all over the world. Activities include elephant training demonstrations, zookeeper talks, hands-on activities and more.

Bug-tober

Date:
Oct 01, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018
Cost:
Free for members. Non-members: $12 adult, $10 Westminster resident, $10 seniors, $8 children, free age 2 and under
Phone:
303-469-5441

Get an up-close look at unbelievable animals and plants that use powerful venom and poison to dominate predators and prey.

Bark in the Park

Date:
Nov 23, 2018 9am - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Skip the stores and opt outside for a walk with a canine companion at Standley Lake. Enjoy free park admission and learn how to protect your pup from the park, and the park from the pup.

Zoo Snooze Family Overnight

Date:
Jun 28, 2019 to Jun 29, 2019
Schedule:
6pm to 9am the following morning
Cost:
$50 member, $60 nonmember, $40 groups of 5 or more
Phone:
303-469-5441

Experience up-close animal encounters, a nighttime exhibit tour, invertebrate-themed crafts, and games at a family sleepover. Age 5 and up. Reservations required.

Full Moon Hike: Nocturnal Animals

Date:
Sep 26, 2018 6:30 - 8pm
Schedule:
Advance registration is required at highlandsranch.org/signmeup
Cost:
$10, $12 for non residents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Stroll by the light of the moon and learn about the nocturnal critters that call Highlands Ranch home.

Giraffe Encounter Made Possible by Toyota

Date:
Nov 27, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
Schedule:
Daily, 12:30-1:30pm
Cost:
$15 ages 12-64, $12 age 65 and up, $10 ages 3-11, free age 2 and under
Phone:
720-337-1400

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

World Spider Day

Date:
Mar 17, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
$12 adult, $10 adult (Westminster resident), $8 seniors/child, free for members and children age 2 and under
Phone:
303-439-2379

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

Full Moon Hike

Date:
Aug 07, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
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.

Family Day: T is for Tracks

Date:
Mar 10, 2018 10am - 4pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-492-1666

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.

Cub Scout Day

Date:
Apr 20, 2019 10am - 3pm
Cost:
Free-$12. Group rates are also available
Phone:
303-469-5441

Attend an event especially for Cub Scouts for animal encounters, and outdoor explorations to meet adventure requirements centered on outdoor exploration, respect for plants and wildlife, and making our world a better place. Preregistration is required. Email Marissa at mcopan@butterflies.org for any questions.

Nature Nerds Family Club

Date:
May 04, 2019 10:30am - noon
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-469-5441

Explore exciting nature topics with the whole family. Preregistration required. Email mcpocan@butterflies.org with questions.

Bugtober

Date:
Oct 02, 2017 to Oct 31, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Butterfly House

Date:
May 25, 2019 to Sep 02, 2019
Cost:
$4, $2 Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion member, free for children 2 and under
Phone:
720-865-3500

Visit the seasonal habitat home, presented with the Butterfly Pavilion, to see hundreds of native butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks, and painted ladies. Learn what types of plants you can add to your garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Nature EdVentures: Snakes, Snakes, Snakes

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 10 - 11am
Cost:
$10 Highlands Ranch residents, $12 nonresidents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Explore the world of snakes and how they survive in Highlands Ranch. Meet our bull snake, Little Miss, and complete a fun craft to take home. Advance registration required.

Avian Arvada: Ralston Creek Trail

Date:
Oct 17, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
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.

Spring Birds

Date:
Mar 16, 2019 8 - 9am
Cost:
$1
Phone:
303-658-2796

Greet the incoming migratory birds of Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, an internationally recognized Audubon area, on this bird walk. Don’t forget binoculars.

Star K Kids

Date:
Oct 05, 2017 to Oct 26, 2017
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
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.

Jr./Sr. Fishing Derby

Date:
Oct 13, 2018 9am - noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-678-6219

Fish together as a two-person team consisting of one senior age 64 or older and one junior age 15 or younger, in a pond stocked with rainbow trout. Prizes awarded for the team that catches the heaviest trout, has the largest age difference, and is first to catch the limit. Artificial and live bait permitted;…

Farm Visits

Date:
Oct 01, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018
Schedule:
Fri, 9-1pm; Sat and Sun, 9-1pm and 2-5pm
Cost:
$13-$15 per person, free under 12 months
Phone:
303-774-8001

Experience farm life with baby animals, tire swings, and a zip line. Free under 12 months. Reservations required online.

Refuge Day

Date:
Oct 13, 2018 11am - 2pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-289-0930

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week by exploring the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Event activities include archery, wildlife activity booths, and live animals.

Migratory Bird Walk

Date:
May 04, 2019 8 - 10am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Walk the park trails in search of the many migratory birds who make Standley Lake park a temporary home. Don't forget the binoculars. Age 10 and up.

Denver Cat Company Cafe

Date:
Nov 26, 2017 to Dec 31, 2018
Cost:
Free plus purchase of drinks
Phone:
303-433-3422

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

A Butterfly’s Life

Date:
Jul 16, 2018 6 - 7:30pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-678-6214

Join volunteer naturalists for a slide program on butterflies, including information on the life cycle, behavior, host plants, identification tips, and more.

Dumb Friends League Wag ‘n Trail

Date:
Sep 22, 2018 8am - noon
Cost:
$50 registration
Phone:
303-751-5772

Participate in a 1.6-mile hike with pups, a beer garden, silent auction, dozens of pet-related vendors, food trucks, music, adoptable dogs, and access to a five-acre, off-leash dog park before or after the festivities. Registration includes a downloadable event photo with your dog, a frame, and bag of treats, craft beer or root beer, and…

Woofstock 2018

Date:
Sep 30, 2018 1 - 4pm
Cost:
Free admission. Optional lunch buffet $15 per person
Phone:
303-526-0616

Take a swim on the last day of the pool season, with a special doggie session in the afternoon. Enjoy live music, a Woodstock-themed dog costume parade, a pet psychic, and pet portrait artist. RSVP by phone.

Family Discovery Series: Bat Encounters

Date:
Oct 26, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Pup Run Denver

Date:
Oct 20, 2018 8am - noon
Cost:
$25
Phone:
720-913-1311

Join a 5K run/walk for people and pets. All pets must be on a non-retracting leash and have proof of age-appropriate vaccinations. Limit one pet per runner. A percentage of net ticket sales will benefit a local pet food pantry. Bring food donations to benefit the Pantry.

HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival

Date:
Sep 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Seedlings: Bug Safari

Date:
May 14, 2019
Schedule:
9:30 and 11am
Cost:
$3
Phone:
720-509-1000

Spend the morning with an educator from the Butterfly Pavilion. Meet and learn about a variety of invertebrates from around the globe. Age 5 and under.

Doggie Splash

Date:
Sep 08, 2018
Schedule:
Small dogs: 9am-10am; all other dogs: 10am-1pm
Cost:
$7 per dog in advance, $10 per dog at the door
Phone:
303-791-2500

Let your dog enjoy a day of fun while swimming away the summer heat.

Zoo Year’s Eve

Date:
Dec 31, 2018 to Jan 01, 2019
Cost:
$65 member; $75 nonmember
Phone:
720-337-1400

Spend a night at Denver Zoo, exploring the zoo, its exhibits and Wild Lights. Learn about different animals and participate in games and activities.

Bald Eagle Discovery

Date:
May 03, 2019 to May 25, 2019
Schedule:
May 3, 12, 19, and 25
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Unveil the adaptations that led the bald eagle to become the nation's symbol. Online registration required.

National Bison Day

Date:
Nov 03, 2018 10am - 5pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
720-337-1400

Celebrate animals and learn more about ecosystems and the environment.

Teddy Bear Day

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Carnivores in the City

Date:
Aug 26, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
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.…

Chunky Chickadee

Date:
Jan 05, 2019 10 - 11am
Cost:
$4
Phone:
303-658-2796

Explore the adaptations chickadees have to survive, and create a winter bird feeder to help keep those chickadees chunky. Online registration required.

Fishing Fun!

Date:
Aug 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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…

Bat Encounters

Date:
Oct 26, 2017 7:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Dinosaur Discovery Day

Date:
May 12, 2018 9am - 3pm
Cost:
Scouts $6 ($7 after May 1), nonScouts $4 ($5 after May 1)
Phone:
917-575-1333

Enjoy a day in which Scouts at all levels can satisfy their science requirements for badges. These badges include the Earth Rocks and Digging into the Past Adventure badges at the Cub and Webelo levels, and the Geology Merit Badge at the Boy Scout level.

Afternoon Reading Fun

Date:
Apr 12, 2018 to May 10, 2018
Schedule:
Thu, April 12, 26, and May 10
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-887-2315

Help your kids build confidence and fluency in their reading by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs. Bring your own book or choose a library book. Grades K-5.

International Bird Day

Date:
Sep 22, 2018 10am - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Majestic View for free family fun. Register online.

Passport to Culture: Bird Festival

Date:
Oct 08, 2017 1:30 PM
Cost:
Phone:
720-509-1000

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

Spooky Spiders

Date:
Oct 27, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
720-898-7405

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

Winter Day Camps

Date:
Jan 02, 2018 to Jan 05, 2018
Schedule:
9am-4pm. Full and half days available.
Cost:
Full Day: Members $45, Nonmembers $50. Half Day: Members $27, Nonmembers $30.
Phone:
720-974-1877

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

Bug Safari

Date:
Mar 23, 2019 11am - noon
Cost:
$3
Phone:
303-658-2796

Meet invertebrates from around the world and discover more about them and their importance, including a meet-and-greet with Rosie the Tarantula.

Cider Days

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 to Oct 08, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
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.

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

Date:
Dec 31, 2018
Schedule:
11am and 2pm
Cost:
$28.99 adult buffet, $19.99 kid buffet (ages 3-10)
Phone:
303-561-4450

Participate in fun kids activities including: kid’s beach ball and balloon drop, a sparkling cider toast, contests and giveaways for the kids, photos with Sharkey, and animal interactions. Price includes free admission to the aquarium exhibits. Call 303-561-4450 to reserve a spot.

The Watering Hole: Fierce Femmes

Date:
Sep 13, 2018 5:30 - 8:30pm
Cost:
Visit website for details and to purchase tickets
Phone:
720-337-1400

Learn about the animal species in which the female is boss. Explore maternal instincts, courtship and breeding, and hunting behaviors. Cash bar and light appetizers provided. Age 21 and up.

World Wetlands Day

Date:
Feb 03, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
$12 adults, $10 adult Westminster resident, $9 seniors, $8 children, free under age 2
Phone:
303-439-2379

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

Be a Habitat Hero

Date:
Jun 19, 2018 5:30 - 6:30pm
Cost:
$5
Phone:
720-898-7405

Learn “Wildscaping” with the Audubon Rockies as you walk through the different habitats in bloom in the garden. Age 5 and up.

Doggie Splash& Pet Expo

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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…

Zoologist for a Day

Date:
Jan 04, 2018 9am - 2pm
Cost:
$65
Phone:

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.

Boo at the Zoo

Date:
Oct 19, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Schedule:
Oct. 19-21 and 26-28, 4-8:30pm
Cost:
Visit website for cost
Phone:
719-633-9925

Trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment. All of the candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans. Wear a costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag.

Winter Wings

Date:
Jan 26, 2019 9 - 10am
Cost:
$1
Phone:
303-658-2796

Learn how birds survive the freezing temperatures during Colorado winters.

Bodhi’s Bargain Days

Date:
Aug 01, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018
Cost:
Visit website for details
Phone:
720-337-1400

Get a discount on admission and membership, BOGO soft serve ice cream and Dole Whip plus special animal demonstrations when Denver 7’s Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson predicts the Denver temperature to be more than 90 degrees during the 10 p.m. forecast for the next day.

Groundhog Day Critter Celebration

Date:
Feb 02, 2019 10am - 2pm
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
303-370-6000

Join DMNS scientist John Demboski as he debunks the myths and unburrows the mysteries of the groundhog. Afterward, head to the Denver Zoo to see even more animals. For kids in grades K-8 with an adult.

Scout Night: Wildlife Champions

Date:
Sep 29, 2018 6 - 9pm
Cost:
$15/person for 1-9 people, $14/person for 10-100
Phone:
720-337-1400

Enjoy a special evening at the zoo for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and their families. Meet scout requirements featuring up-close animal encounters, games and activity stations, free carousel rides, entertainment, and a 2018 Scout Night commemorative patch.

Live Bat Encounter

Date:
Oct 25, 2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Macro Photography

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Doggie Splash

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

A Visit with Zookeeper Dave

Date:
Aug 07, 2018 11am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-604-2424

Meet Denver Zookeeper Dave Johnson, hear about his years of experience working with rhinos and elephants, and learn how you can love and protect our environment.

Spring Raptors

Date:
Mar 16, 2019 10am
Cost:
Free; registration required: call 303-326-8650 or go online to auroragov.org/recreation to sign up
Phone:
303-326-8429

See live raptors and discover which of these magnificent birds comes through Aurora in the spring. Age 4 and up.

Dog Days at Fort Garland

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Rodeo All-Star

Date:
Apr 12, 2019 to Apr 13, 2019
Schedule:
Schedule varies depending on event
Cost:
$25 and up
Phone:
866-464-2626

See three professional rodeo performances that include bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and mutton bustin'. Hear Chase Bryant in concert and enjoy a special lunch with rodeo champions.

Zoologist for a Day

Date:
Jan 03, 2018 to Jul 05, 2019
Schedule:
Visit website for specific class sections and times
Cost:
$65
Phone:
303-561-4450

Learn how zookeepers 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. Preregistration is required at least 2 weeks in advance.

Zoo Lights

Date:
Nov 30, 2018 to Jan 06, 2019
Cost:
$7-$20 depending on date, age, and membership status
Phone:
720-337-1400

See festive lights spanning 60 acres of the zoo's campus, along with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets, and illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, and hide in bushes.

Meet the Woodpeckers: Downy and Hairy

Date:
Jan 12, 2018 11am - noon
Schedule:
Meeting location will be sent to registered participants
Cost:
Free
Phone:
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.

SF Family Tree: Bird Festival

Date:
Oct 08, 2017 4:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Adult Beekeeping Class

Date:
Apr 07, 2018 to Oct 06, 2018
Schedule:
April 7 and 14, May 19, June 2, July 21, Aug. 25, Oct. 6
Cost:
$60 per class, $400 for the series
Phone:
303-443-9952

Learn how to keep your own bees in a series of hands-on classes and labs designed to support new beekeepers through their first season of beekeeping. Take the entire series or drop in to individual classes. Some classes held at a different location; see website. For adults.

Butterfly Pavilion Winter Camps

Date:
Dec 15, 2018 to Jan 21, 2019
Schedule:
Full-day: 9am-4pm. Half-day: 9am-noon. Early drop off and late pick up available
Cost:
Full-day: $45 members, $50 nonmembers. Half-day: $27 members, $30 nonmembers
Phone:
303-469-5441

Enjoy hands-on activities that are engaging and informative. Explore the Butterfly Pavilion and experience the plants and animals that call it home. Half-day and full-day camps are available, each with a different theme. Visit the website for the full schedule.

Butterflies at Chatfield

Date:
May 25, 2018 to Sep 03, 2018
Schedule:
9am-3pm
Cost:
$4 adult/child, $2 member adult/child
Phone:
720-865-3500

Visit the seasonal habitat that is home to hundreds of native butterflies, such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks, and painted ladies.

Teddy Bear Clinic

Date:
Aug 25, 2018 9am - 4pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
720-337-1400

Walk around the Zoo to different stations where volunteers and staff will provide “medical” procedures for stuffed animals while educating young guests about healthy habits. Learn about the care zookeepers and veterinarians to provide the animals at the Zoo.

Live Bats

Date:
Oct 28, 2017
Cost:
Phone:

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.

Dogs & Donuts

Date:
Sep 08, 2018 8 - 10am
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Enjoy complimentary coffee, donuts, and Santiago's breakfast burritos along with with four-legged friends on the High Line Canal.

Barnyard Critter Day

Date:
Jun 23, 2019 10am - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8688

See demonstrations of sheep herding and horseshoeing, visit with chickens and pigs, and ride on a horse-drawn wagon.

Military Appreciation Week

Date:
Sep 11, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
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.

Doggie Olympics

Date:
Sep 16, 2018 9am
Cost:
Visit the website for pricing and participation levels
Phone:

Compete with your dog in 4 levels: Jr. Handler, Sr. Dog, Fun/Recreational, and Competitive. Choose from 14 events like 25 Yard Dash, Land Retrieve, Toy Catch, Marathon Down, and Obstacle Course.

$5 Day

Date:
Feb 10, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-469-5441

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

Military Appreciation Week

Date:
Sep 10, 2018 to Sep 16, 2018
Schedule:
Last admission is at 4pm
Cost:
50 percent off admission for all active duty, veteran, and retired military personnel and their dependents
Phone:
719-633-9925

Enjoy a full week of stars and stripes as the zoo honors military personnel for their continued service.

Bald Eagle Discovery

Date:
Mar 09, 2019 10 - 11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Unveil the adaptations that led the bald eagle to become America's national symbol and the complicated past the species holds.

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