Discovery Zone

Areas of Expertise



Tip-of-the-Week for DECEMBER

DZ Tip-of-the-Week (Dec 5-11): Cool Science: How Magic Erasers Work



Tip-of-the-Week for NOVEMBER

DZ Tip-of-the-Week (November 7-13): Audience: Baby Brain Development


DZ Tip-of-the-Week (November 14-20): Winter Weather Logistics


DZ Tip-of-the-Week (November 21-27): DMNS & Community Events


DZ Tip-of-the-Week (November 28-Dec 4): Facilitation Tip: A Parallel Invitation to Play


Tip-of-the-Week for OCTOBER

DZ Tip-of-the-Week (October 3-9): Audience Needs: Coffee!


DZ Tip-of-the-Week (October 10-16): Politics & Shared Energy


DZ Tip-of-the-Week (October 17-23): DMNS & Community Events


DZ Tip-of-the-Week (October 24-30): New Vocabularly (Say It! Clap It! Stomp It)


DZ Tip-of-the-Week (October 31-November 6): Dinosaur Brains!



Cool Pics & Important Updates

DZ Volunteer Update (Winter-Spring 2016)


DZ Volunteer Update (Summer Wrap Up)


DMNS: Project Paper Cranes (Photos & Story)


Justin Timberlake & Dennis on Halloween 2016!





2017 DZ Play Associate & Mentor Training A

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017 = session full; email Natty with questions

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Meet in Studio 201 (Level 2, Behind Expedition Health)



2017 DZ Play Associate & Mentor Training B has been Canceled!!

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017 = canceled; no longer posted on the VIC

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Meet in Studio 201 (Level 2, Behind Expedition Health)



2017 DZ Required Summer Training Session

Date: Monday, June 5

Time: 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Arrival for New Volunteers: 4:00 p.m.

Arrival for Mentors: 4:30 p.m.

Arrival for Returning Volunteers: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Meet in Studios 102/103

Check out these fun photos from past Discovery Zone Training Sessions.


2017 DZ Summer Mentor Meeting

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

More Information Coming Soon!


2017 Teen Volunteer Appreciation Party

Save the Date: DATE TBD Soon!

View the photos from last summer's event!


Adult & Family Volunteer Field Trip

Date: Monday, October 10, 2016

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm (the choice is yours)

Location: The Denver Zoo 

Check-out  photos from our fieldtrips to Denver Zoo and History Colorado Center and The Denver Art Museum! 



Discovery Zone Overview

Discovery Zone Overview & Procedures Manual (June 2016)


Discovery Zone Mentor Position Description



General Discovery Zone Activities

Craft Basics


Developmental Stages of Art






Happy Healthy Humans Background Info

Five Senses Overview


Sense of Taste


Sense of Touch


Sense of Smell


Sense of Hearing


Sense of Sight


The Body


The Brain


The Food You Eat (Nutrition)


Farm To Table


Hop, Skip, Jump & Rest


Get Moving Cube


Grocery Store Bingo


Healthy Hands


Happy Healthy Humans: Art Connections


Brain Headband


Qtip Skeleton


To Eat or Not to Eat


Happy Healthy Humans: Tabel Top Signs



Things That Spin Background Info

Things That Spin: Overview


Tops Investigation 


Spin Happenings


Top Spin


Gears, Gears, Gears


Electrifying Things That Spin


Art Connection: Tubby Chalk Spinner


Chalk Spinning Art


Art Connection: Spin Art


Art Connection: Spinning Marker Tops


Merry Go Round Craft


Salad Spinner Art


Spinning Top Art


Spinning Wheel


Things That Spin: Table Top Signs



Animals through the Seasons Background Info

Animals Through the Seasons Overview


Exploration: Fur & Bones


Colorado Animals & Habitats


Colorado Animals in the Winter


Colorado Birds in the Spring


Art Connection: Animals!


Animals Through the Seasons: Table Top Signs


Butterfly Coffee Filter Craft


ATTS Coloring Sheet


ATTS Mobile Coloring Sheet


ATTS Mobile


Animal Headband Craft


Winter Weather Sun Catcher Craft


Bird Beak Experiment


Duck Dry Experiment


Ice Balloons




Animals of the Past Background Info

Coming Soon!



Changes in the Kitchen Background Info

Coming Soon!



What's Up Background Info

New Activities: Cardboard City & Wind Tunnel Challenges


Bottle Rockets


Galaxy Slime


Moon Dough


Planet Weather


Earth Sun Catcher


Paper Mache Solar System


Sun Window Catcher Craft


Telescope Craft


Volunteer Schedule Resources

DZ Schedule Prompt (2017)


How to Sign-Up for Summer Shifts in the Discovery Zone (2017)


How to Get Scheduled for Discovery Zone Shifts (School Year)


Volunteer Information Center

  1. Enter Your Login name: (Email Address)       
  2. Enter your Password: (You can request this on the login page)


Mentor Info & Schedule Information

2017 DZ Summer Mentor Schedule


Think-Do-Vote (Summer 2016)

Think-do Vote (Week 2: Robots)

Think-do Vote (Week 3: Health Science)


Think-do Vote (Week 4: Earth Science)


Think-do Vote (Week 5: Space Science)


Think-do Vote (Week 6: Reflection)


Think-do Vote (Week 7: Dioramas)


Think-do Vote (Week 8: Outdoors)


 Think-do Vote (Week 9: Culture)



Evaluation & Feedback Forms

DZ Play Associate Self-Evaluation & Feedback Form (for teens)


DZ Play Associate Self-Evaluation & Feedback Form (for adults)


DZ Mentor Self-Evaluation & Feedback Form (for all mentors)



Paperwork for New Volunteers

DMNS Teen Volunteer Code of Conduct Form


DMNS Ethnicity Form


DMNS Youth Release and Waiver Form



Mostly Summer Teen Volunteer Opportunities

2017 Summer Teen Volunteer Opportunities (in English)


2017 Summer Teen Volunteer Opportunities (in Spanish)


2017 Teen Science Scholar Program (in English)


2017 Teen Science Scholar Program (in Spanish)


Letter from DMNS Volunteer Cole Goldman


Volunteering at DMNS by Ditte Rasmussen


Letters of Recommendation

Letter of Recommendation Request Form



Cool in the Community  - Just for Teens!

Festivus Maximus (Cosmic Carnival)


Example Update for Volunteer Fund