Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 9a-5p, last admission 4p

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Open 9a-5p, last admission 4p

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Library Programs

Due to Covid-19, for the safety of our animals, guests, and staff, we have decided not to travel offsite until August 1st, 2020. If you would like to book a virtual program for the summer, please click here to check out our virtual options.

Bring the zoo to your Summer Reading program! We offer a couple different programs to give your guests an up Libraryclose and personal encounter with some of the zoo’s travelling animal ambassadors!

Ages: For any/all ages

Length: 45-60 minutes

Audience Size: We encourage booking multiple programs at a discount if you plan to have over 100 people.

Cost: $100 for first program, $75 for each additional program, $25 evening/weekend fee per program. An idle time fee will apply to programs scheduled more than 15 minutes apart.

Mileage: A mileage fee of 58 cents per mile round trip will apply to facilities 35 miles or more from the zoo.*


Animal Ambassador Program

Bring a wild experience to your facility with 4 of the zoo’s animal ambassadors! An educator will talk to your crowd of all ages to teach them some of the fun things that make the animals unique as a species and as an individual!


Ruby Reads

Have you met Ruby the Reading Red Panda, yet? Ruby is a plush red panda who loves to read! Join Ruby for one of her favorite stories and meet 3 live animal friends from the Blank Park Zoo during this fun and interactive program geared toward 2-5 year olds! Follow Ruby on Facebook to see what new books she has and what animal friends she is meeting next!


Facts or Fantasy

Turn your library into the hottest new Game Show of the summer! Join a Blank Park Zoo Educator as we explore some unbelievable facts about real world animals in comparison to some mythical beasts that seem too good to be true! What’s more believable, a frog that can freeze almost completely solid and thaw back to life or a bird that can set itself on fire and be reborn? Join us to find out on Facts or Fantasy!

For more information, or to book your program, please contact Jared Sunds at 515-974-2559 or Reservations are required at least 3 weeks in advance.  

* We encourage facilities in the same area to coordinate dates and times so the mileage charge can be split. We are happy to visit up to 3 facilities on a trip!


Many of the animals that travel as part of these educational programs are small, domesticated animals. These animals travel well and have high stress thresholds in travel and presentation situations. We cannot guarantee which animals will visit your library, but will do our best to bring you new and different ones each year.



Cancellations within 3 weeks of the programs date will still be charged 50% of the program cost

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