Join us for an educational and entertaining program as we explore the wonders of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Zoo. Our classes take you behind-the-scenes or provide an exclusive experience within the zoo and conservatory during non-public hours.
Discover our world of orchids at the Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory! Visit the gardens before hours, tour the Orchid House, and go Behind the Scenes in the growing range. Chat with a gardener to learn about Como’s innovative methods that exist to provide Como’s plants with the best care. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Saturday, February 29 8:30a-10:00a
Sunday, April 5 8:30-10:00a
From tortoises to monkeys and polar bears to giraffes, about 20 different species of animals are trained at Como Zoo. But how and why do the zookeepers train the animals? Learn the basic principles of operant conditioning training, observe a training session and then meet a trainer for Q and A.
Saturday, March 28 8:30a-10:00a
Nature therapy at its finest! Learn about the fascinating history of Como’s garden as well as the basic design elements of Japanese Gardens around the world. Explore “The Ordway Gardens – A Japanese Collection” before public hours and speak with a horticulturist.
Saturday, June 13 8:30a-10:00a
Prepare breakfast enrichment for Como’s apes and monkeys. Learn about the individual characteristics that each primate uses to forage, travel, and communicate, then take home some conservation tips to help primates around the world!
Sunday, August 9 8:30a-10:00a
Seals and Sea Lions
Ever wanted to work with marine mammals? Test your pinniped knowledge before heading to the new Como Harbor exhibit for a tour. Watch Sparky and friends train with a zookeeper and learn what it takes to care for these flipperific animals!
Sunday, September 6 8:30-10:00a
Big Cat Enrichment
Create enrichment items for our big cats and observe the fun without the crowds! Learn more about why we provide enrichment, the dangers big cats face in the wild, and the conservation efforts in place to protect these magnificent animals.
Saturday, October 17 8:30a-10:00a
Como: An Insider’s Look
Unlock a bit of mystery as we tour the greenhouse, gardens, and a zoo exhibit without the crowds. Chat with a zookeeper and horticulturist as they work to get ready for guests, and meet a few of Como’s ambassador animals. You’ll discover what makes Como such a magical place!
Saturday, December 12 8:30a-10:00a