Each Backstage Pass is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime exclusive experience to get up close and personal with a favorite Zoo critter.

For dates and to register click on the program listed on the right under “Upcoming Backstage Pass Programs”.

Note: the Zoo is not a nut-free environment as nuts are a regular part of our animal diets and may be used during animal demonstrations and programs as positive reinforcement.

Backstage Pass Descriptions:

Backstage: Brown Bears
Backstage: Tropical Birds
Backstage: Llamas
Backstage: Penguins
Backstage: Python
Backstage: Sea Otters
Backstage: Stingrays
Backstage: Sloths
Private Backstage Pass Programs

Are you ready to get a little closer to our three brown bears? Join Sadie, Kenai, and Haines – the stars of our Russia’s Grizzly Coast exhibit – during this interactive education program at the Minnesota Zoo!

During your adventure, enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences as you meet zoo keepers, journey behind-the-scenes to multiple locations, and see our grizzly bears closer than almost anyone else. Offer a brown bear a breakfast snack before they head out onto exhibit for the day, toss them special “enrichment” treats from above their exhibit, and help prep the “dinner meal” for the three bears to eat later that day. Throughout the morning, learn about grizzly bears in the wild and our bears at the Zoo, including their personalities and what makes them unique.

Experience the awe-inspiring moment of meeting a grizzly bear. Sadie, Kenai, and Haines can’t wait to meet you!

Note: This program involves climbing a set of stairs and crouching and stepping through a small doorway. If you are unable to do so, please contact us so we can adjust the experience to fit your needs.

Time: 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Date: Offered on select Saturdays and Sundays
Ages: Minimum 8 years old, participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Fee: $150 per participant
Group Size: Maximum of six participants, smaller groups may be combined.

How to Register

Register Online

Questions? Email or call 952.431.9390.

Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 08/09/2020
  • Time: 8:30 AM
  • Date: 08/09/2020
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Date: 08/14/2020-08/15/2020
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Date: 08/15/2020
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Date: 08/17/2020
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Date: 08/22/2020
  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Date: 08/22/2020
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 08/29/2020
  • Time: 8:30 AM
  • Date: 09/19/2020
  • Time: 12:30 PM
  • Date: 09/25/2020-09/26/2020
  • Time: 6:30 PM