In Person Classes and Programs for
Field Trips

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 60-minutes long and are offered at 9:30 am, 10:45 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:15 pm Tuesday through Friday. Classes are available from September 24, 2024 through May 9, 2025. These classes can be added to your Minnesota Zoo field trip for an additional $125 per class (up to 30 students). Classes offered:

Once Upon a Tide Pool (grades K-2)

Bring a story to life! This energetic class focuses on the characters who live and depend on each other in a tide pool habitat. You’ll meet a real-life relative 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. They’ll take a close 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 different types of enrichment like complex habitat features and puzzle feeders. Students will explore 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.

Guided Trail Tours (grades 5-college)

Guided Trail Tours are available from September 24, 2024 through May 9, 2025 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)

• 4-5 hour program per day offered September through April; Monday-Friday
• Limited availability for programming May through August

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.

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