I’m already a Zoo member—will I lose out on anything if I upgrade to Director’s Circle? How many guests can I bring as a Director’s Circle donor?
You may also name a “nanny” on your membership. His or her name will be added to our database, and (with a photo ID) they will be able to bring your children and one additional guest to the Zoo without you. The nanny will not be allowed admission if your children are not present.
These options are not available for grandchildren on your membership. They must attend with one of the named grandparents on the membership.
Can I make my Director’s Circle donation in automatic monthly installments instead of in one lump sum?
YES, you can! You can sign up for donations of $83.34 or more per month using your savings account, checking account, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Your Director’s Circle benefits will begin with your first installment and continue until you tell us you’d like to cancel. We’ll debit your account on the 1st or 15th of every month (whichever you choose) and send you a summary letter every January for tax purposes. Your membership cards will expire on June 30th, and you’ll receive updated cards for the coming year each June. We require 10 business days’ notice to guarantee we can cancel your installments, although we’ll do our best to make it happen more quickly when needed.
This page (https://mnzoo.org/get-involved/donate/donor-circles/) has links to sign up online for monthly giving. If you have additional questions, would like help getting started, or need to change an existing monthly donation, contact 952.431.9447 or [email protected]
The current donor event schedule is available here (https://mnzoo.org/get-involved/donate/friends-minnesota-zoo/friends-minnesota-zoo-events/). A printed version of the schedule is mailed to all qualifying donors with their thank you letters for their gifts, and each summer when the coming year’s schedule is announced. Emailed invitations are typically sent one month prior to each event, to those at the applicable donation level.
Each year we try to offer some of the perpetual favorites, and some new experiences. Some are exclusively for Director’s Circle donors.
For some events you may have the option of paying an additional fee for boxed meals or other extras, but it’s never required. In those instances, you’re welcome to bring your own food.
In most cases, you may bring anyone who is covered by your Friends Plus membership and meets the listed age requirement, including your two free guests. If there is exceptionally limited capacity, we may not allow the two free guests; if that is the case it will be listed on the evite and the online registration page.
In most cases, registration opens exactly one month prior to the event. You’ll receive a schedule of events [https://mnzoo.org/get-involved/donate/friends-minnesota-zoo/friends-minnesota-zoo-events/] for the fiscal year (July – June) with your Friends Plus membership cards, and an updated schedule in the mail each summer. If we have your email address, you will receive an evite the day registration opens with a link to online registration. You must be logged into your Zoo account for the system to know that you qualify for the event. If you prefer, you may also register by calling 952.431.9447 or emailing [email protected].
There is no additional fee to attend, but space is sometimes limited and pre-registration is required for planning purposes. If the event has filled, you can add your name to the waiting list by calling 952.431.9447 or emailing [email protected]. If there is a long waiting list we’ll do our best to accommodate with logistics changes or an overflow event, but in some cases that isn’t possible.
Usually you may bring anyone who is covered by your Friends Plus membership and meets the listed age requirement, including your two free guests. If the event has an exceptionally limited capacity, we may not include the two free guests; if that is the case it will be listed on the evite and the online registration page.
If you’ve registered and we have your email address, we’ll email you a reminder with logistical information a few days prior to the event.
As with all Minnesota Zoo memberships, parking is included for one vehicle during regular Zoo hours. If you bring guests who drive separately, they will need to pay for parking. All members and donors are required to pay parking for the Music at the Zoo concert series.
If you request a specific allocation when you make your donation, we will honor your request. If we cannot accommodate your wishes, we’ll discuss it with you to determine if we can find a use that you can approve. If we cannot reach an agreement, your donation will be refused or returned.
I want to support the Zoo, but I’m not able to visit much. Can I give my membership to another family?
The Minnesota Zoo Foundation primarily raises donations to provide funds for the Minnesota Zoo. The Foundation also funds conservation projects around the world (per the advice of the Minnesota Zoo’s conservation professionals), maintains a Wildlife Reserve Fund as an emergency fund for the Zoo, and administers several endowment funds. And of course, the Foundation must cover its own expenses.
The Minnesota Zoo and Minnesota Zoo Foundation each have their own Board of Trustees. The two boards work cooperatively to best meet the Zoo’s overall needs.
Basic membership, admission, and education fees are paid directly to the Zoo. Director’s Circle, Friends of the Minnesota Zoo, Animal Sponsorships, and other donations go through the Foundation.
In previous years, the Zoo and Foundation have produced one Annual Report including financial data for both organizations (available here). Beginning with fiscal year 2018 (7/1/17 – 6/30/18), the Zoo and Foundation will issue separate Annual Reports.