Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth, Minnesota

Home    /    Volunteer    /    Employment    /    Contact Us    /    Map

Education Programs for Schools & Groups
Click here for Spring Classes for Kids & Families
Click here for Summer Camps

To schedule an education program for your group or to learn more about what we offer, please contact Jessamy Schwartz, Education Program Coordinator, at 218-730-4500 ext. 205 or

Information about our Zoomobile programs can be found near the bottom of this page. More information about scheduling a Zoomobile is also available here.

Educators: Follow this link to view our 2014 Teacher Newsletter.

Earth Tracks will be Friday, May 9, 2014 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Through hands-on learning stations and engaging animal presentations, students will explore ways that human actions impact wildlife and what they can do to help ensure their survival. Join environmental educators, wildlife biologists, and partnering organizations on May 9th to inspire excitement and positive action towards conservation! Earth Tracks activities are for all ages and free with paid zoo admission. Make your group reservation soon!

Field Trip Resources

For: Cost: Details:

Group Admission Rate

You must register in advance to receive group rates. Please complete our Field Trip Reservation Form or call 218-730-4500 ext. 200.

Groups of 10 or more $4 for children ages 3-12 (grades PreK-8)
$9 for ages 13 and over
1 free teacher/chaperone for every 20 students
Free admission for bus drivers
Free parking
To receive the group admission rate, please register at least one week in advance by downloading and completing our Field Trip Reservation Form and emailing it to Or you may call the zoo's main line at 218-730-4500 ext. 200 and ask to make a group reservation.
Yellow Bus Fund

Schools seeking funding for field trip transportation.

This program is made possible thanks to the Donald Weesner Charitable Trust.
Transportation grants of up to $200 will be given to schools that meet eligibility requirements.
Yellow Bus Funds for 2013-14 are depleted. Please check back again in fall 2014.
  1. Download and complete a Yellow Bus Fund Application
  2. Email completed application to Jessamy Schwartz, Education Program Coordinator (
  3. Applications must be received at least 2 weeks prior to field trip.
  4. Once the application is received, a confirmation will be sent to recipients.
  5. The school district or bus company must submit an invoice within 30 days after their trip to the zoo to receive reimbursement.

Funds are allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will need to contact the bus company for an estimate of the total cost of transportation.
Scavenger Hunt Elementary grades Free Scavenger Hunt (pdf)
Education Programs *Available at the zoo or as a Zoomobile at your location (Zoomobile information is at bottom of page).
All of our programs include live animal encounters! Groups larger than 30 people will be split into multiple groups. Please contact Jessamy at least 2 weeks in advance to schedule a program: 218-730-4500 ext. 205 or Costs listed below are in addition to zoo admission. No additional program charge for adults attending programs with a student group.
............................................... Grades & Time: Cost: Description:
Guided Zoo Tour Available to all grades
90 minutes

Groups larger than 15 people will be split into multiple groups.
Add $2.50 per student
$45 minimum

Optional add-on Animal Encounter: Extra $1.00 per student 
An experienced tour guide will take your group on a tour around the zoo while sharing stories and "behind the scenes" information about our animals. Optional add-on: Animal Encounter - Meet three of our outreach animals during a 30-minute animal encounter after the tour.
Colorful Creatures, Super Senses, or Animal Tales
Preschool (3-5 yrs old)
30 minutes
Add $1.50 per student
$25 minimum 
Complete descriptions of our Preschool Programs
These programs are also available as Zoomobiles.
Animal Adaptations, Animal Life Cycles, Bats in Our Backyard, Creature Categories, Insect Investigations or Nocturnal Animals  Grades K-3
1 hour
Add $2.00 per student
$35 minimum
Complete descriptions of our Grades K-3 Programs
Most of these programs are also available as Zoomobiles.
Critter Care Grades K-3
90 minutes
Add $2.50 per student
$45 minimum

Students will explore animals' basic needs by learning about how the zoo cares for some of its smaller critters. Activities include preparing diets for our small mammals, making toys for the animals, and a unique animal encounter only available during this class.
Animal Care Grades 3-5
90 minutes
Add $2.50 per student
$45 minimum
Students will learn how zookeepers care for the animals in the education collection and what it takes to keep them healthy. Activities include caring for barn animals, taking a peak behind-the-scenes, and preparing diets for our Reeve's Muntjac Deer.
Animal Detectives, Creature Categories, Endangered Species, or Rainforest Rescue Grades 3-5
1 hour 
Add $2.00 per student
$35 minimum
Complete descriptions of our Grades 3-5 Programs
Most of these programs are also available as Zoomobiles.
Animal Classification Grades 6-12
1 hour
Add $2.00 per student
$35 minimum
Live animals help students test their animal classification skills. This program is also available as a Zoomobile. 
Animal Behavior Studies Grades 6-12
1 hour 
Add $2.00 per student
$35 minimum
Learn what it's like to be a field biologist as we uncover the mysterious lives of animals through observation and data recording.
Zookeeper for a Day Grades 6-12
2 hours

This program is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays due to the behind-the-scenes experiences.
Add $3.00 per person
(students and adults)
$55 minimum
Experience what it's like to be a zookeeper! Students have the opportunity to prepare brown bear diets, tour behind-the-scenes, examine x-rays, and more!

Only have a couple of students interested? Ask about our Zookeeper Job Shadowing Program (more information also available here). 
Zoo Snooze Overnight Program Groups that want to spend the night at the zoo (Boy & Girl Scouts, 4-H, youth groups). Minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 30 people total (1:8 ratio of adults to children required). Girl Scouts of MN & WI Lakes & Pines troops with less than 15 girls can register through their council. $35 per participant (includes admission). No charge for required chaperones. Additional adults are $15 per person. Participant fee includes a "Zoo Snooze" t-shirt, pizza party, all activities, snacks and a continental breakfast. More information about what to bring will be provided upon registering. Spend the night at the zoo! Groups choose a favorite theme for the night: Big Cats, Bears, or Nocturnal Animals. We'll begin our overnight experience with a pizza party at 7 pm. The evening will be filled with activities such as hands-on animal presentations, games, a night-time zoo tour, late-night snacks, and coloring your own "Zoo Snooze" t-shirt. After a continental breakfast the next morning, tour the zoo before it opens to the public.
Scout Workshops Boy/Girl Scout Groups

Cub Scout Brochure
Price will depend on program selected. Earn your badge through a guided, fun-filled adventure at the zoo. We have designed new Cub Scout programs that help boys meet scouting requirements. Girl Scouts: We are happy to work with your troop to meet your needs. Scout groups are also welcome to choose from any of the programs listed above.
Family Animal Encounter For families or small groups of people (less than 10) $35 for a group of 2-9 people
(Does not include admission) 
Want to make your trip to the zoo something extra special for your loved ones? Small groups and families are invited to book a 30-minute private animal encounter -- a close-up, hands-on experience with a few of our friendly outreach animals! Let us know which animals interest you most!

Also check out behind-the-scenes tours offered by AAZK!

Zoomobile  *Note: Programs in Wisconsin must be booked at least 30 days in advance. 

For: Cost: Description:
Zoomobile Formal Program

Classrooms, Day Care Centers, Nursing Homes, Libraries, Scout Meetings
Fees begin at $100 for a 45-60 minute visit and are based on your distance from the zoo.

More information available here
Formal programs are intended for a seated audience. These presentations offer your group up-close animal interactions and special insight into how animals live, where they come from, and what their behaviors mean. You may choose from the education programs listed here, or we can customize a program to meet your needs.
Zoomobile Booth

Events, Festivals, Company or Church Picnics
Fees begin at $100 for an hour-long visit and are based on your distance from the zoo.

More information available here 
Booths are an informal educational experience ideal for any event where individuals will be walking around and learning at their own pace. Participants have an opportunity for one-on-one learning with our educators while meeting several of our outreach animals -- from chinchillas and hedgehogs, to tortoises and snakes, to bugs and birds.
Teacher Resources

For: Cost: Description:
Minnesota Bats Activity Guide (CD) Teachers and informal educators who teach grades K-5 Free CD contains printable pages of Teacher Activity Guide and Student Activity Book as well as a PowerPoint to assist with instruction. Although the content is geared towards MN bat species, it can be easily adapted to other states. Send your name and address to Sarah at and it will be mailed promptly.
Animal Kits Teachers of various grade levels Rent a complete teaching kit for $10/week with a $50 deposit which is refundable. Kit includes lesson plans, activities, supplies, artifacts, videos and more. Call for more information, we may be able to customize a kit for you!