Grades K-3 Programs

Please contact Jessamy Schwartz at least 2 weeks in advance to schedule a program: email or 218-730-4500 ext. 205. Costs listed below are in addition to zoo admission. There is no additional program charge for adults attending programs with a student group.

60-minute Programs

Cost: Add $2.00 per student, $35 minimum
Minnesota & Wisconsin State Science Standards

  • Animal Adaptations – From deserts to rainforests, students will discover what adaptations animals have that help them survive in some incredible habitats.
  • Animal Life Cycles – Who hatches from an egg? Who sheds their skin? Students will explore the stages animals go through after being born, and how they develop skills and behaviors in order to survive.
  • Animals of Minnesota & Wisconsin – Connect with local wildlife and their cousins while learning how they adapt to our changing seasons.
  • Creature Categories – Furry or scaly, feathered or slimy—we can see and feel many similarities and differences between animals! Discover how scientists sort animals into groups based on how they look and behave.
  • Insect Investigation – Get a close look at live insects and other invertebrates. Hands-on activities will allow students to investigate insect characteristics and the important role they play in our world.
  • Nocturnal Animals – Students will discover why some animals stay awake at night and what adaptations help them survive in the dark.
  • Raptors – Close encounters with birds of prey provide a memorable experience to learn about bird adaptations and ecological concepts.

90-minute Programs

Cost: Add $2.50 per student, $45 minimum

  • Animal Care – Students will learn how zookeepers care for the animals and what it takes to keep them healthy. Activities include caring for barn animals, peeking behind the scenes, preparing diets, and meeting animals up close!
  • Guided Zoo Tour – Tour the zoo with an experienced guide and learn the special stories of our animals. Groups larger than 15 people will be split into multiple groups.

Guided Experience Package

It’s easier than ever to take a field trip to the zoo! Just show up with your students and lunches, and we’ll provide a 60-minute education class of your choosing, indoor lunch space, and a guided tour!

Cost: Add $4.00 per student, $80 minimum
Available November 1 through April 30
Classes must visit the zoo from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Two classes (max. 60 students) from a school can participate each day
Email Jessamy for a sample itinerary and more information

30-minute Programs

Running short on time? This option allows your students to learn about owls or bats during a quick animal encounter. Students cannot touch the animal.

Cost: Add $1.50 per student, $25 minimum

  • Owls – Meet a live owl, explore owl biofacts and learn about the characteristics of these nocturnal raptors.
  • Bats – Stay up all night, sleep all winter, eat insects – learn what it’s like to be a bat! We’ll visit with a live fruit bat and learn the important jobs bats do for us.