In Person Classes and Programs for
Enhance your field trip with a Zoo class or custom program! Led by a Zoo naturalist, these interactive and hands-on experiences not only engage students in learning but are also designed to support state science standards.
In Person Zoo Classes
All in-person classes are 45-minutes long and are offered at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am Tuesday through Friday. Classes are available from September 26, 2023 through May 10, 2024. These classes can be added to your Minnesota Zoo field trip for an additional $100 per class (up to 30 students). Classes include:
Once Upon a Tide Pool (grades K-2)
Bring a story to life! This animated class focuses on the characters who live and depend on each other in a tide pool habitat and includes a trip to our tide pool to meet a real-life version of our main character.
Penguineering (grades K-2 or 3-5)
Learn about how penguins’ adaptations and behaviors allow them to survive in unique habitats. Then test your engineering skills by building the perfect penguin nest!
Biomimicry (grades K-2 or 3-5)
Learn how engineers are turning to nature to solve human problems through the process of biomimicry. Students act as biomimicry engineers investigating seed dispersal to solve an engineering challenge!
Animal Classifieds (grades K-2 or 3-5)
What makes a horse related to a tapir? Is a sea star a fish? In this interactive class, students learn how to sort and classify animals using scientific methods and incorporate biofacts to take a closer look at the physical characteristics of different species.
Animal Enrichment (grades 3-5 or 6-12)
Discover how animals stay busy, active, healthy, and curious at the Zoo through enrichment. Observe animals interacting with enrichment while exploring how Zookeepers encourage animals to use their natural behaviors and adaptations!
Zoo Exhibit Design (grades 3-5 or 6-12)
In this interactive class, students learn about animal needs and identify the components that make a successful Zoo exhibit, then try their hands at creating their own exhibit model!
Vanishing Animals (grades 6-8 or 9-12)
Experts believe we are amid our sixth global mass extinction event, with at least 15,000 species threatened with extinction. Find out what conservation organizations are doing to help, and how you can help protect species in your community.
Animal Behavior (grades 6-8 or 9-12)
Science is used every day in zoos to observe animal behavior, set goals, and assess progress. Join us to learn how animal observation data is collected in order to care for and learn more about the variety of animals that live at the Zoo!
Guided Trail Tours (Grades 5-college)
Guided Trail Tours are available from September 26, 2023 through May 10, 2024 for Grades 5 through college students. These tours are offered Tuesdays-Fridays based on availability and are 45 minutes in duration and can be requested to be added to your Minnesota Zoo field trip (based on availability) for an additional $50 per tour (maximum of 8 total students plus 1 chaperone per group).
These tours are led by a Zoo naturalist, this tour will engage middle and high school students in an exploration of exhibit design, animal behavior and management, Zoo careers, and conservation. Select from the Tropics Trail, Medtronic Minnesota Trail, Russia’s Grizzly Coast, or Aquariums. If you'd like to request a Guided Trail Tour to be added to your field trip, please email your request to [email protected] along with your field trip order number which you will receive after you register for your field trip.
In Person Custom Programs
STEM Lab (grades 3-12)
Immerse students in the world of STEM at the zoo in this customized full or multi-day residency. Guided by a zoo naturalist, students will be led through hands on inquiry-based activities. STEM lab experiences and content can be custom built with the teacher to support student learning goals in the classroom through topics such as animal adaptations, exhibit and enrichment engineering design, conservation science, Zoo STEM careers, animal behavior, and more. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of how science, technology, engineering, and math is used and applied at the zoo.
Cost: $250 minimum per day or $25/student/day
Please contact [email protected] to inquire or to schedule.
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
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