While we were (and still are) navigating the Covid-19 pandemic we created this space for challenging, fun, learning opportunities you could do from home to keep engaged virtually with all the happenings at Como. After two years, Como Live came to an end on March 31st, but our vast archive of videos, quizzes, puzzles and crafts can all be found here.
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Thursday, March 31: The Final Episode of Como Live!
Today is the final episode of #ComoLive! Here is a special video montage highlighting some of our favorite memories from #ComoLive over the last two years! Whether you’ve watched one or one hundred, we thank you! We have enjoyed bringing plants and animals virtually into your home during the pandemic! As a reminder, you can always check back here well into the future to watch any episodes you may have missed or to re-watch your favorites.
Monday, March 28: Walk The Palm Dome!
Take a break and enjoy a quiet stroll through the Palm Dome on today’s episode of Como Live! A few interesting plants will be highlighted on this virtual garden walk. Learn more at 1:30pm on Facebook.
See if you can identify a few of the plants in the palm dome ahead of the virtual stroll by doing this quiz HERE.
Thursday, March 24: Spring Flower Show!
Spring is here! It’s time for the Spring Flower Show in the Sunken Garden, and the show change is happening all this week. Learn more about the process and get a preview of the Spring Flower Show on today’s Como Live at 1:30 on Facebook.
Prepping your garden for spring? Try your hand at an upcycled garden décor piece by watching this video from HGTV HERE
Monday, March 21: What’s Growing In The North Garden?
Check out what’s growing in the North Garden on today’s Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook! Today we’re going to focus on different spice plants. Watch and learn more about what spices these plants produce just like what you have in your own kitchen!
How well do you know your spices? See if you can identify them with this quiz HERE.
Thursday, March 17: Patty’s Birthday!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! We are celebrating Patty, the white-faced saki monkey’s birthday on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook! Hear a zookeeper talk about these primates, and also get a sneak peek at the newest addition, baby Sterling, who was born in January.
Monday, March 14: Spring in the Greenhouse
Spring in the greenhouse means lots of fun, new plants and plugs are arriving for the outdoor gardens and flower shows! Check out what’s new with this special plant “unboxing” episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook!
Looking for what to do in your garden this spring? Check out this growing calendar from the University of Minnesota Extension HERE
Thursday, March 10: Gorillas On The Line!
Looking for more ways to help gorillas? Learn more about our special Gorillas on the Line Campaign on today’s Como Live. Gorillas on the Line…Answer the Call is a yearly global mobile phone recycling challenge organized by the Gorilla SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) engagement team with participants from across the country and around the globe.
You can also check out “10 Ways to Be a Hero For Gorillas” HERE.
Monday, March 7: Celebrating International Women’s Day
Tomorrow, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. This day is set aside to reflect on progress made over the years, celebrate accomplishments of women, and look to the future. We are celebrating by highlighting some of the exceptional women that work here across all our departments. Learn more about how they are actively supporting sustainability on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” Learn more by checking out the International Women’s Day website HERE
Thursday, March 3: World Wildlife Day!
Today is World Wildlife Day! World Wildlife Day was created by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s plants and animals. This year’s theme for World Wildlife Day is “Recovering Key Species for ecosystem restoration.” Learn more by checking out the World Wildlife Website HERE
We are joining the celebration by highlighting our giraffes on today’s Como Live! Listen to a zookeeper talk about what Como has done for giraffe conservation efforts at 1:30pm on Facebook.
You can also check out other conservation projects that Como has participated in by watching this video HERE:
Monday, February 28: Polar Bears Day!
Yesterday was #InternationalPolarBearDay! We are continuing the celebration on today’s episode of Como Live. Join us for a zookeeper talk about our polar bears at 1:30pm on Facebook.
International Polar Bear Day is celebrated annually by #PolarBearsInternational and coincides with he time that wild polar bear moms and cubs are in their dens. This day focuses on the need to protect denning bears in the Arctic. Check out this Maternal Den Study video HERE.
Learn more and get involved by checking out the International Polar Bear Day’s website HERE.
Thursday, February 24: Take A Virtual Stroll With Us!
Eagerly waiting for spring to arrive? Spend the afternoon with the beautiful blooms of the Winter Flower Show. Enjoy a quiet afternoon stroll through the garden on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Monday, February 21: Sensory Plants
We have many different species of ambassador animals here at Como, but did you know that we also have ambassador plants? Check out some of our sensory plants behind the scenes and up-close on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Have you ever wanted to create your own sensory garden? Get some tips from Kew Gardens HERE.
Thursday, February 17: Sneak Peak Behind-the-Scenes!
Springtime is just around the corner at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, and that means bulb-production is in full-swing for our Spring Flower Show! Get a sneak peek at what’s going on behind-the-scenes in the greenhouse on today’s episode of Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Did you know that you can start growing bulbs indoors in the wintertime? Check out this guide from the U of M Extension all about how to do it in your own home HERE.
Monday, February 14: Happy Valentine’s Day!
We are celebrating Valentine’s Day on today’s #ComoLive! Today will be a special animal and plant filled segment, celebrating Cupid the penguin’s birthday, AND announcing the winner for Como’s Cutest Plant Competition for 2022! Be sure to tune in at 1:30pm on Facebook. You don’t want to miss today’s episode!
Looking for some last-minute Valentine’s Day cards? Check out some fun animal-themed printouts HERE.
Thursday, February 10: 2022 Cutest Plant Contest! Vote Now!
It’s time for Como’s Cutest Plant Competition of 2022! The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s horticulture staff have some fabulous contestants, and YOU will get a chance to vote on your favorite! Check out the entries on today’s Como Live at 1:30pm on Facebook. Then, vote for your favorite by clicking HERE
Monday, February 7: Coffee?
We are answering the question, “Where does coffee come from?” on today’s Como Live! Learn more about the coffee plant in our North Garden by tuning in at 1:30pm on Facebook.
Want to learn more about different kinds of coffee? Listen to this TEDx talk about Coffee HERE.
Thursday, February 3: Birds of Tropical Encounters
Check out the birds that call Tropical Encounters their home on today’s Como Live! Listen to a zookeeper talk about the birds and their care at 1:30pm on Facebook.