Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children
 

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children
 

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Zoo to You

Availability: Year-roundlions
Advance booking: Required 3 weeks in advance
Cost: Varies depending on program

Blank Park Zoo offers a variety of programs for community groups and organizations at the Zoo including scout troops and Overnight Adventures.

Can't come to the Zoo? Have the Zoo come to you! Blank Park Zoo offers both in person and virtual programs for libraries, daycares, preschools, senior centers, and community groups. We offer engaging and memorable educational experiences for children and adults.

Our interactive programs include zoo artifacts and sometimes even live Ambassador Animals! View our program options below.


Zoo to You Programs*

Daycares and Preschools – Enjoy stories, songs and other movement activities with our Zoo educators.

  • Ages: 2-5 years
  • Group Size: Up to 25 children
  • Program Length: 30 minutes
  • Cost: $80
  • Program Themes:
    • Rockin’ in the Rainforest - Let's take a trip to the rainforest and use our senses to discover the many different sights, sounds, tastes and smells!
    • Slimy, Scaly, Smooth or Soft? - Fur, scales, slime, spines, feathers...children will discover why different coverings are so special for animals.
    • Moovin’ and Groovin’ - Slither like a snake, fly like a bird, let's move the way the animals do! Children will discover why animals crawl, hop, climb or dig..moving in so many different ways!

Community & Library Programs – Encourage people’s imaginations to come alive by inviting the Zoo to your event this summer.

  • Ages: All ages
  • Recommended Group Size: Up to 150 people
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $110
  • Program Themes:
    • What’s a Reptile? - Learn about the characteristics of a reptile! Do they lay eggs? Do they have legs? Do they make noise? Where do they live? We'll answer all these questions and more!
    • Colorful Creatures -  Animals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Learn about the uses of these animals coloring and camouflage that help them thrive in their environment.
    • Storytime with Ruby the Reading Red Panda – Enjoy a world of books with Ruby the Reading Red Panda! Ruby is a plush red panda who loves to read. During this program, we will read a book and meet a couple of animal friends.
    • 2022 Summer Reading Program – Explore Beyond the Beaten Path – Get out and explore the world around you! After this program, audience members will have the confidence to get out and explore the world around them and feel empowered to become stewards of the natural world.

Adult Programs – Learn something new or check-in for an update about Blank Park Zoo with our Zoo educators.  

  • Ages: 15+ years
  • Recommended Group Size: Up to 50 people
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $110
  • Program Themes:
    • What’s New at the Zoo? - Catch up on the latest developments at Blank Park Zoo and learn how you can get involved in Blank Park Zoo's efforts to save animals in the wild.

Booth Programs – Have a special event coming up? Invite the Zoo! From games and activities to artifacts, our educators can bring a program that suits your audience. Live animals are not available for booth style events.

  • Ages: All ages
  • Cost: $110 per hour

Additional fees may apply for Zoo to You programs including but not limited to mileage fees, evening/weekend fees and idle time.

Disclaimer: Ambassador Animals that travel with Zoo to You programs are small animals such as small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. To allow animals the opportunity to self-maintain, express species specific behavior and choice and control - Ambassador Animals will be limited to 8 hours (round trip) of out of enclosure time. This includes travel and program time. Please note, we do not offer a “petting zoo,” nor do we provide programs at private residences.

Click here to fill out a Zoo to You Program request.


Virtual Zoo to You Programs

Live Virtual Programs – Choose between a live animal program, storytime or Zoo tour and enjoy fun education and personal stories about the animals we all love. Guests of all ages are welcome to engage and ask questions about Blank Park Zoo’s animal residents.

  • Ages: All ages
  • Program Length: 30 minutes
  • Cost: $80
  • Connection Requirements: Live programs are offered over your choice of Zoom, Google Hangouts or Microsoft Teams

While we will make every effort to honor requests to learn about any animal at Blank Park Zoo, please note that some restrictions apply.

Click here to fill out a Virtual Zoo to You Program request.


Booking and Cancellations

Programs must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. Facility leaders are required to submit a program agreement form and photo of program space at least 2 weeks before the program date.

Space requirements: Zoo staff and animals must be able to maintain a minimum of 10 feet space from audience members

If you need to cancel or reschedule a program, please contact us as soon as possible. Cancellations of programs made within 1 week of the program will still be charged 50% of the program cost. Rescheduling fees may apply. Programs cancelled by Blank Park Zoo will not be charged.


Click here to fill out a Zoo to You Program request.

Click here to fill out a Virtual Zoo to You Program request.

For more information, help or to book a program please call the Education office at 515-974-2550 or email education@blankparkzoo.org

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