In Person Classes for Field Trips

Enhance your field trip with a Zoo class! 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.

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 22, 2021 through May 13, 2022. These classes can be added to your Minnesota Zoo field trip for an additional $100 per class (up to 30 students). Please check the Minnesota Zoo’s website for current COVID-19 protocols for in-person programs. Classes include:

Biomimicry (grades K-2)

Animals and plants have many amazing physical and behavioral adaptations that allow them to survive and solve problems in the wild. See how engineers are now turning to nature to learn how to solve common human problems through the process of biomimicry. Students will act as biomimicry engineers while investigating seed dispersal and animal wind travel methods to solve an engineering challenge!

Penguin Palooza (grades K-2)

Come along with us to learn about penguins and their fascinating adaptations that allow them to survive in their unique environments!

Enrichment and Animal Behavior (grades 3-5, 6-12)

Celebrate the science behind helping wildlife thrive! Science is used every day in a zoo to observe our animals’ behaviors, set goals, and assess progress! Join us to learn how animal observation data is collected and used to plan and assess successful enrichments to encourage natural behaviors!

Zoo Exhibit Design (grades 3-5, 6-12)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to design an exhibit at the zoo? In this interactive class, students will learn about animal needs and identify the components that make a successful Zoo exhibit. See animal exhibits in a whole new way and learn about zoos’ unique roles in conservation!

For assistance scheduling in person programs for larger groups, email [email protected].

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