An educational program from Como Park Zoo and Conservatory will enhance any curriculum! We have the ability to provide your group with a fun and interactive presentation at your site or at Como (travel restrictions apply). Each program uses a variety of sensory aids, including live plants, animals or other fun interactive components to enhance the learning experience.
45 – 60 minutes, unless otherwise noted
Student Limit per Program
Maximum 50, unless otherwise noted; Cost over maximum student limit: $5/student up to 5 over max. $20 per student beyond 5 over max.
On-site Program Chaperone Limit
Due to space limitations, we have a limit of 15 chaperones* allowed in each classroom during our school programs. If you have over 15 chaperones per program, we encourage those willing to enjoy some coffee at our café, or to explore the Zoo and Conservatory during the program time.
*Exceptions will be made for groups with special needs.
Outreach Maximum Travel Distance
60 mile/60 minute radius from Como Park Zoo and Conservatory (restrictions may apply)
Reservations for programs are commitment to payment. If, for any reason, you cancel your scheduled program(s), a $25 administrative fee will be applied. You will be charged the full amount of the scheduled program(s) if canceled within 48 hours of the event. There is a one-time rescheduling option if requested at least 48 hours before your scheduled program(s).
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Programs
2nd and 3rd Grade Programs
4th Through 12th Grade Programs
Yellow Bus Fund – Field Trip Costs Covered by Grant to Como
Now Accepting Applications for Bus Funding for the 2018-2019 School Year! Now is the perfect time to visit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory with your class!
Como has recently received a generous gift from the Donald Weesner Charitable Trust to support transportation costs associated with field trips to our park. The Yellow Bus Fund is designed to assist school-aged children who would otherwise not be financially able to visit environmental learning centers like Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Through this grant, we are able to offset some of the cost of your field trip when you book a program with our Education Department.
Como offers a variety of affordable, fun, and interactive programs for school-agers that include everything from the tropical rain forest to the Arctic tundra. Programs last between 30 and 75 minutes based on the theme and most can accommodate up to 50 students. For a full listing of our programs and fees, please visit the Current Programs tab.
Eligible groups are invited to complete the attached application form and return it to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Allocation of funds will be determined both by the number of students served and a statement of need.
Completed applications can be sent by mail, fax, or email as listed below. Please submit your request to the attention of School and Group Programs Coordinator. Organizations will be contacted regarding the awarding of funds upon completing the application review process.
Individual schools and groups are responsible for coordinating their own transportation to Como. Immediately following the scheduled program, organizations are required to submit an invoice for bussing fees to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory to allow reimbursement of awarded funds.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
Click here to learn more about this great opportunity and to apply!
If you would like to schedule an education program, or for more information, call the education department at 651-487-8272 or email: ComoEducation@ci.stpaul.mn.us