2018- 2019 Events

Outback After Hours*
$250+ Donors
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
All Ages

Enjoy a Close Encounters presentation, visit Russia’s Grizzly Coast, and walk right in with kangaroos and wallabies at Kangaroo Crossing. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy with your family, or pre-order one (for an extra fee) to be ready for you when you arrive. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The Zoo is for the Birds!*
$500+ Donors
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Spend an evening learning about the birds at the Minnesota Zoo, and in your own backyard. Find out how keepers care for approximately 88 species of birds on the Tropics and Medtronic Minnesota Trails, including incubating eggs and rearing chicks.

Director’s Reception
$1,000+ Donors
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Meet with the Zoo’s Director/President John Frawley, hear the latest Zoo updates, enjoy great food, and get to know your fellow Zoo enthusiasts.

Donor Appreciation Day
$100+ Donors
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All Ages

Help us celebrate the people who make the Minnesota Zoo great—YOU and your fellow donors! Enjoy free Zoo admission plus special treats, activities, and recognition just for Zoo donors.

Friends-Only Snack with Santa
$250+ Donors
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
5 – 7 p.m.
All Ages

Join us for the Friends’ take on this incredibly popular member event. Meet with Santa, enjoy holiday music and treats, and get photos of your children/grandchildren that you’ll treasure forever.

Tropical Open House
$250+ Donors
Thursday, January 24, 2019
5 – 7:30 p.m.
All Ages

Enjoy a tropical retreat from the cold, right here in Minnesota! Chat with keepers and volunteers, and see what the animals are up to after hours.

Zoomobile: On the Road Again*
$500+ Donors
Thursday, February 28, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Zoomobile naturalists bring live animals—and their conservation stories—to people throughout Minnesota. Join us for this special Zoomobile program with extra activities, just for Friends!

Friends Farm Babies*
$250+ Donors
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
4:15 – 7 p.m.
All Ages

Friends Farm Babies has become a spring tradition for Friends donors. Catch a tractor ride from the parking lot all the way to the Wells Fargo Family Farm, and enjoy the Farm’s animals without the crowds of a regular Zoo day. Treats will be provided—for you to eat AND for you to share with the goats!

*Registration opens exactly one month prior to these events, at which point an email reminder will be sent to all invitees. To register, click on the link provided in the email or call 952.431.9447. There is no extra fee to attend, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Questions? Contact Shannon at 952.431.9447 or [email protected]

Thank you for your generous support of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation’s efforts to support the Minnesota Zoo’s mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo!