2019- 2020 Events

Llamas After Hours*
$250+ Donors
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
All Ages

Enjoy Llama Trek on the Northern Trail, and the animals of Russia’s Grizzly Coast. Bring a picnic dinner from home, or pre-order one (for an extra fee) to be ready for you when you arrive.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Director’s Crawl
$1,000+ Donors
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

You don’t want to miss the first-ever combined Director’s Reception and Zoo Crawl!  Talk with Zoo and conservation experts, sample amazing food and drinks, and hear the latest updates from Minnesota Zoo Director John Frawley.

Donor Appreciation Day
$100+ Donors
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All Ages

Enjoy free Zoo admission plus special treats, activities, and recognition for the generous group people who make the Zoo great—donors like YOU!

Friends-Only Snack with Santa
$250+ Donors
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 and Friday, December 13, 2019
5 – 8 p.m.
All Ages

Sit on Santa’s lap, enjoy holiday music and treats, and get photos that you’ll treasure forever.  When you register you’ll pick a 5, 6, or 7 pm time slot for meeting with Santa; you can participate in the other activities throughout the evening.

Enrichment & Training*
$500+ Donors
Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:30 – 11:30 am
All Ages

Find out what goes into animal training and enrichment at the Zoo—what it is, how it works, and what it looks like. When we’re done, enjoy Animal Play Day with a newfound appreciation of the thought that goes into it and how the animals benefit.

Conservation Conversation*
$500+ Donors
Thursday, February 27, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Learn about the Minnesota Zoo’s unique Ulysses S. Seal Conservation Grant Fund and how—with your help—it is making a difference around the world. Several Zoo staff will present on the conservation projects they have championed, including information on the species involved, how their championed project is helping, and the project results to date. We’ll also learn about citizen science and how you can get involved.

Friends Farm Babies*
$250+ Donors
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
4:15 – 7 p.m.
All Ages

Friends Farm Babies has become a spring tradition for Friends donors of all ages. Catch a tractor ride all the way from the parking lot to the Wells Fargo Family Farm, and enjoy all the Farm has to offer without the crowds of a regular Zoo day.

Northern Trail Open House*
$250+ Donors
Monday, June 29, 2020
6:30 – 8:30 pm
All Ages

Enjoy the Northern Trail without the crowds of a regular summer day, including the Conservation Carousel and Hanifl Wild Woods.

All events are rain-or-shine.

*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!