2017- 2018 Events

Outback After Hours*
$250+ Donors
Monday, July 17, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
All Ages

Meet some of the amazing animals in the Zoo’s Close Encounters program, 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. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Behind the Scenes of Russia’s Grizzly Coast*
$500+ Donors
Thursday, August 24, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Adults Only

Start with snacks and some social time with the keepers.   Then go behind the scenes of the bear, sea otter, and tiger habitats to see where the animals spend their evenings and how their food is prepared.

Director’s Reception
$1,000+ Donors
Thursday, September 21, 2017
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Director’s Circle donors are invited to meet the Zoo’s Director/President John Frawley, get the latest Zoo updates, and ask questions.  Enjoy great food and get to know your fellow Zoo enthusiasts.

Donor Appreciation Day
$100+ Donors
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All Ages

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

Bird Show Extravaganza*
$250+ Donors
Friday, January 26, 2018
5:30 – 7:30
All Ages

Enjoy a special Wings Financial World of Birds Show just for Friends of the Minnesota Zoo donors!  You’ll learn some tricks of the trade and get some great photo ops, so don’t forget your camera.  You may even meet some of the Bird Show’s undiscovered stars and help them prepare for their big debut!

Behind the Zoo Curtain*
$500+ Donors
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Ages 12+

Take a peek at three behind-the-scenes areas that help keep the Zoo running: the Animal Hospital, the Exhibits Shop, and the Greenhouse.   You’ll learn how the Zoo provides veterinary care, how design elements are created, and how we keep the plants healthy, beautiful, and safe for the animals.

Friends Farm Babies*
$250+ Donors
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
4:15 – 7 p.m.
All Ages

Friends Farm Babies at the Wells Fargo Family Farm has become a spring tradition for Friends donors.  Catch a tractor ride from the parking lot all the way to the 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!

Director’s Circle Zoo Crawl
$1,000+ Donors
June 21, 2018
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Adults Only

Join us for an evening at the Minnesota Zoo with food, friends, and fun! Stroll the Zoo as you view amazing animals, chat with the Zoo’s experts, and sample tasty bites with drink pairings at every stop.


*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’s mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife.  We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo!