Lake Superior Zoological Society

EIN 41-0944885

The Lake Superior Zoo is owned by the City of Duluth and operated by the Arrowhead Zoological Society (DBA Lake Superior Zoological Society), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The society operates the zoo for the benefit of the city according to a city contract as set out in Minnesota Laws 1961, Chapter 91 and Duluth legislative code, Parks and Recreation, Article II. Fairmount Park Zoo, Sec. 35-10. The society receives an annual subsidy for the zoo of about $670,000; $510,000 of which is appropriated to the zoo by the Duluth City Council from tourism taxes.

Board of Directors

Jim Lewis, President (Vice President – Western Bank)

Dodie Brown, Vice President (President & CEO – True North Goodwill)

Kyle Dickinson, Treasurer (Business Developer – Entreprenuer Fund)
Erica Walli, Secretary (Retirement Planning Administrator – North Shore Bank)
Julie Benfield (Associate Attorney – Trial Group North)

Joey Engseth, Immediate Past President (Technical Sales & Support – Altec Industries)
Jennifer Garland, DBA (Professor – University of Wisconsin-Superior)
Noah Hobbs (Director of Strategy & Policy – One Roof Community Housing)

Bailey Olson (Operations – First National Bank of Proctor)

Kathleen Privette (Director of Events & Board Operations – Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce)

Mike Polzin (Facilities & Maintenance Manager – Pier B Resorts)

Ex Officio – City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Representative

Jessica Peterson

Honorary Members

Stephen Lewis

Mark McShane

Emeritus Board Members

Tim Meininger

John Scott

Russ Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Haley Hedstrom

Director Team

Lizzy Larson, Director of Animal Management & Facilities

Sarah Wilcox, Director of Education/Preschool Director

Heidi Beal, Director of Business Operations

Samantha Halligan, Director of Guest Experience


Lake Superior Zoological Society
7210 Fremont St, Duluth, MN 55807
Phone: (218) 730-4500 Email: info@lszoo.org

Staff Directory

More About Our Zoo

Annual Report

Strategic Plan

Master Plan (2022-2037)

Conservation Plan

Operating Contract (2016-2026)

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