Kindergarten–3rd Grade

K-3rd Grade Programs

Animal Programs

Length: 30-45 minutes
Cost: $2.00 per student ($35 minimum) plus admission
Maximum: 40 students per program
Minnesota & Wisconsin State Science Standards

Animal programs are engaging, hands-on presentations that feature three live ambassador animals. Choose one of the topics below that best fits your learning.

  • Animal Adaptations – From deserts to rainforests, students will discover what adaptations animals have that help them survive in some incredible habitats.
  • Animal Life Cycles – Who hatches from an egg? Who sheds their skin? Students will explore the stages animals go through after birth and how they develop skills and behaviors to survive.
  • Animals of Minnesota & Wisconsin – Connect with local wildlife and their cousins while learning how they adapt to our changing seasons.
  • Birds – Close encounters with birds provide a memorable experience to learn about bird adaptations and ecological concepts.
  • Creature Categories – Furry or scaly, feathered or slimy—we can see and feel many similarities and differences between animals. Discover how scientists sort animals into groups based on how they look and behave.
  • Insect Investigation – Get a close look at live insects and other invertebrates. Hands-on activities will allow students to investigate insect characteristics and the important role they play in our world.
  • Nocturnal Animals – Students will discover why some animals stay awake at night and what adaptations help them survive in the dark.

Guided Zoo Tour

Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $3.00 per student ($55 minimum) plus admission
Maximum: 45 students per tour (students will be divided into groups of 15)

Embark on a tour of the zoo with an experienced guide and learn the unique stories of our animals. Tour does not include Australia Building.

Behind-the-Scenes Program

Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $4.00 per student ($60 minimum) plus admission
Maximum: 30 students

Animal Care – Students will learn how zookeepers care for the animals and what it takes to keep them healthy. Activities include peeking behind the scenes, preparing diets and meeting animals up close!


Groups receive a discount on general admission if they make a Group Reservation in advance.

For questions or more information contact:

Jessamy Schwartz
(218) 730-4500 ext. 205

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