Each Backstage Pass is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience designed to foster positive, lifelong connections to the natural world.

For dates and availability click on the program listed on the right.

Register Online

How to Register

Online: A confirmation will be sent to you via email once you have registered online for your desired program (click on the “Register Online” button for the program you are interested in). Questions? Call 952.431.9390.

By Mail:  Complete the Registration Form. Mail-in registrations will receive a confirmation by email.

Backstage Pass Descriptions:

Backstage Bites
Backstage with Bears
Backstage with Birds
Backstage with Penguins
Backstage with Sea Otters
Backstage with Sharks and Rays

Private Backstage Pass Marriage Proposals

This series of photography programs includes sessions perfect for photography beginners, professional photographers, and everyone in between.  Learn tips and tricks-of-the-trade from photography experts, and take advantage of the chance to see and photograph the Zoo’s animals without the crowds, as the Zoo will be closed to the public. A Zoo naturalist will also assist with each program to answer questions and share fun facts about the trails and their animals. Each session offers a new focus and the chance to visit a new area of the Zoo – bring your cameras and come back often! The Photography at the Zoo series is supported by National Camera Exchange.

Whether you’re shooting in the wild or at the zoo, taking advantage of your camera’s auto-focus abilities is often crucial to capturing the best photos of nimble critters.  Whether you’re using a full-featured DSLR or a point & shoot, this workshop will explore the ins and outs of your camera’s focusing options before heading out to the Tropics Trail and its aviary for practice.

The program includes a brief classroom lecture and discussion, an hour on the trail, and a post-trail time indoors to review photos and discuss take-away lessons.

AGES: 16 years old – adult
TIME: 8-10 a.m.
DATE: Offered on select Saturdays and Sundays
FEES: Members: $35 per person; Non-members: $40 per person

How to Register

Register Online

Online: A confirmation will be sent to you via email once you have registered online for your desired program (click on the “Register Online” button for the program you are interested in). Questions? Call 952.431.9390.

By Mail:  Complete the Adult Registration Form. Mail-in registrations will receive a confirmation by email.

Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 01/31/2015
  • Time: 8:00 AM
Sold Out
Advanced Tickets Required
  • Date: 01/31/2015
  • Time: 9:30 AM
Advanced Tickets Required
  • Date: 01/31/2015
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Date: 01/31/2015
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 01/31/2015
  • Time: 1:00 PM