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

Private Backstage Pass Marriage Proposals
Backstage Bites: plan a special event for your group

Have you ever wanted to experience wild animals up-close? Now you can by attending one of our Close Encounters demonstrations! This program provides unique and engaging on-site animal experiences to Minnesota Zoo guests. Special animal enrichment and training demonstrations are emphasized during Close Encounters, providing guests with one-on-one opportunities to interact with our zookeepers and observe, or even touch, our wildlife.

Close Encounters occur every day, throughout the day, in all areas of the Zoo. With a growing collection of animals and an average of six daily Close Encounters presentations, this program offers something for everyone!

Please check in at the Guest Services Desk for information on the day’s Close Encounters.

 

Upcoming Dates

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