Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Homeschool Day | Field Trips | Discounts

The Minnesota Zoo offers something for everyone: Penguins of the African Coast with Penguin Feeding, Tropics Trail and Coral Reef, Minnesota Trail, Bird Show, Kid's Den, Discovery Bay with Dolphin Training and Shark Feeding, Russia's Grizzly Coast, Northern Trail, Mononrail, Woodland Adventures, Family Farm (Apr-Nov) with Milking Deomonstrations, and IMAX Theatre.

The Minnesota Zoo's indoor and outdoor exhibits are open all year long. It is a good idea to dress in layers and plan on appropriate outdoor weather when visiting the Northern and Minnesota Trails. There are lockers for personal use located just past the main entrance and at the base of the Tropics Trail ramp. Each locker costs 50 cents and will only accept quarters.

Bring binoculars so you can see the animals really close up, and don’t forget your camera! Keep an eye out for roving naturalists and volunteers, who are dressed in bright blue shirts. They often have touch stations and other things to look at and are always happy to share interesting information about the animals.

Wolf Quest is an interactive 3D wildlife simulation game in which players take on the role of a wolf living in Yellowstone National Park to hunt elk and rabbits, chase coyotes and interact with other wolves as they explore the slopes of Amethyst Mountain.

Phone: 952-431-9200
Email: info [at] mnzoo.org

Hours of Operation: Hours vary seasonally! Generally 9am–4pm daily from September through April. Open until 6pm daily May–August. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Homeschool Day

Contact Email: educate [at] mnzoo.org

Homeschool Day at the Minnesota Zoo allows families to explore one area of the Zoo in depth through a variety of learning stations taught by the Zoo's naturalist staff and an activity guide with a scavenger hunt, puzzles and locations to collect a stamp at each learning station. Afterwards enjoy the rest of your day while exploring the remainder of the Zoo.

6th–12th grades: $11/student ($3/Zoo members)
preK-5th grades: $9/student ($3/Zoo members)
Siblings ages 3-4: $5/child (free/Zoo members)
Siblings ages 2-3: free (free/Zoo members)
Educators: 1 free adult per family
Additional Adults: $11/adult (free/Zoo members)
Parking: $7/car (free/Zoo members)

Target age range: Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Field Trips

Must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. You may schedule online at mnzoo.org/education/schools-teachers/field-trips or by calling 952-431-9218.

Activity suggestions and a field trip guide are also available online.

Field Trip Admission

Cost per child/student in K–5th grade: $6 (free/Zoo members)
Cost per child/student in 6th-12th grade: $8 (free/Zoo members)
Note: Preschool groups receive the Group Rates rather than School rates.
Cost per adult chaperones: $12 (free/Zoo members)- 1 free adult per each 5 paid students
Parking: $7/car (free/Zoo members)
Free admission will be honored for students whose families hold valid Zoo memberships.

Field Trip Programs

Fun and engaging 45-minute interactive Zoo Classes are available from September through April. Topics range from tropical rainforests to animal adaptations to ocean conservation.

Target age range: Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Minimum group size: $48 minimum (equivalent to 12 students)
Maximum group size: 30 students

Cost per child/student: $4 plus applicable admission (see above)
Cost per adult/educator: free plus applicable admission (see above)

Discount Admission aka Homeschool Family Field Trips

Individual homeschool families (minimum of 1 adult and 1 child) may pay the reduced school admission fee, Monday through Friday, provided they pre-register at least 2 weeks in advance of their visit by calling 952-431-9218.

Pre-registration is strictly required. You must pre-register at least 2 weeks in advance to receive the discounted rate. At-the-door requests will not be honored.

Information subject to change. Please check with Minnesota Zoo for the most current information. Last updated on Sat, Aug 5, 2017.