The Minnesota Zoo awards educational program scholarships to families and individuals based on their financial need.

Scholarship Guidelines:

  • One scholarship per person may be awarded annually (once per calendar year).
  • If multiple people in your immediate family are applying, please submit a separate application per person.
  • Applications must be submitted at least one month before the program start date.
  • Scholarships are available based on income and household size on the Federal Poverty chart.
Household Size 150% Level (75% scholarship) 200% Level (50% scholarship)
Household of 1 Up to $18,210 Up to $24,280
Household of 2 Up to $24,690 Up to $32,920
Household of 3 Up to $31,170 Up to $41,560
Household of 4 Up to $37,650 Up to $50,200
Household of 5 Up to $44,130 Up to $58,840
Household of 6 Up to $50,610 Up to $67,480
Household of 7 Up to $57,090 Up to $76,120
Household of 8 Up to $63,570 Up to $84,760

Scholarships are available for the following programs:

  • Adult programs (Photography classes, Horticulture tours, and Adult camps)
  • Family Overnight
  • Family Zoo Adventure
  • Toddler Time (up to 3 single-day classes)
  • Preschool Pals (up to 3 single-day classes)
  • Wild Wonders Preschool
  • School’s Out Camp – any combination of days for one session of school’s out camps.
  • Zoo Camp – any week-long camp or three single-day camps.
  • Zoo Crew Jr.

To apply please have the following information ready and then complete the Scholarship Application Form below.

  • Most recent 1040 form “U.S. Individual Income Tax Return” (page 1 only). If you are applying after April 15, 2020, we will need your 2019 tax return.
  • The tax return for any other adults in your household (example: your spouse/partner) if not filing jointly.
  • Please black out all social security numbers for your security.
  • For children in foster care: The foster parent should attach the letter from the county that tells us the child is in your care instead of the tax return. The 75% scholarship applies to only the foster child(ren) in your care.

All information is kept strictly confidential and has been requested for the sole purpose of establishing financial need. All scholarships are awarded on a need-basis and based on funding available.

Summer Zoo Camp Scholarship Applicants

  • Zoo Members: Your application materials must be submitted by January 29, 2020 in order for us to register your child on the February 5, 2020 member registration day.
  • General Public: Your application materials must be submitted by February 5, 2020 in order for us to register your child on the February 12, 2020 general public registration day.
  • Applications received after these dates will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

After your application has been submitted

Once you have completed the form below and submitted page 1 of your most recent Federal Tax Return, someone from the education department will contact you by phone as soon as your application has been reviewed. If you qualify for a scholarship, we will call you to confirm your registration (based on availability at that time) and collect your payment information for your portion of the fee.


If you have any questions, please email or call 952-431-9390.


To request a specific disability accommodation, please contact the Minnesota Zoo at least two weeks prior to your program at 952-431-9364 (voice), 1-800-627-3529 (TTY), or [email protected]. More information can be found on our Accessibility page.

Scholarship Application Form