Zoo to You

Animal Outreach

Animal outreach programs are available within Minot and the surrounding areas of North Dakota. Outreach programs may be formal or informal. The focus of Zoo to You outreach programs is educating the participants on wildlife understanding, physical characteristics and adaptations, as well as conservation awareness of issues facing their wild counterparts. Our programs are suited for all ages. A typical Zoo to You program will include a 30-minute (including Q&A and hands on interaction) presentation with one animal presented by a zoo staff member or a trained volunteer for up to 50 participants.

A list of outreach animals is provided below. Rules and restrictions may apply depending on weather and the needs of the selected species. Per RPZ policy, inclement weather and/or temperatures under 0 degrees Fahrenheit (including wind chill temperatures) will result in the postponement or cancellation of any scheduled outreach visit that includes a live animal. Please contact the Zoo Educator for specific information or to create your own customized program.

Outreach Program Animals

  • Yellow-Banded & Blue/Black Poison Dart Frogs**
  • Chinchilla
  • Domestic Ferret
  • Rex Rabbit
  • Corn Snake
  • Ball Python
  • Kenyan Sand Boa
  • Hedgehog*
  • African Spurred Tortoise
  • Russian Tortoise
  • New Caledonian Gecko
  • Pueblan Milk Snake
  • Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula**
  • Bio-facts and Animal Tracks – NEW!! – An assortment of bio-facts and animal tracks will be displayed during this Zoo to You visit.
  • Informational Career outreach with an available RPZoo staff member – may or may not include a live animal.

*Indicates animals that cannot be touched by the spectators. Biofacts may be used as a touchable object. 
**Indicates animals that may not be handled by the presenter or spectators. They may be shown in a clear carrier and cannot be touched, biofacts may be used as a touchable object.


All outreach visits must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. Outreach programs are scheduled to coordinate with staff availability. Programs typically run Monday through Friday during regular business hours (9am-4:30pm). Evening and/or weekend programs are also available at an additional charge.

Service clubs, and the like, are provided a general zoo presentation, which highlights the Zoo’s history, current statistics and plans for the future. Animals may or may not be incorporated depending on the group’s needs. Animal presentations are not available when food is present.

Standard fees*

A standard fee of $25 includes preparation, driving, set up/tear down and presentation time. Mileage fees will apply to groups outside of Minot city limits. Mileage is calculated by multiplying the current IRS mileage rate by the # of miles traveled, round trip. Please refer to the following chart for specific fee information.

Minot Local public and private schools $25.00 within city limits
Schools outside of Minot city limits $25.00 plus mileage, out of city limits
Preschools and Daycares

(Short program lasting 15 – 20 minutes)

$25.00, within city limits

$25.00 plus mileage, out of city limits

Nursing Homes/Assisted living centers

(Short program lasting 15 – 20 minutes)

$25.00 within city limits
$25.00 plus mileage, out of city limits
Service Clubs Free within city limits

$25.00 plus mileage, out of city limits

Miscellaneous groups $25.00 within city limits

$25.00 plus mileage, out of city limits

Libraries $25.00 within city limits

$25.00 plus mileage, out of city limits

*Fees are subject to change


Assembly Presentations

Off-site large assembly presentations may be made at the discretion of the Zoo Educator or Zoo Director. Assembly presentations generally last 1 hour, including set up/tear down time. Animals available for assembly presentations will depend of the distance and location of the presentation. Mileage fees will apply for any group outside of Minot city limits.

Group size: 51-100 people
101-200 people
201-300 people


Additional Information

Groups requesting significant changes to the standard program or multiple animals in one visit may incur additional costs. Pricing will be determined by the Zoo Educator upon scheduling of a program.

Programs can be customized and geared to fit in with classroom lessons. Please discuss with the Zoo Educator prior to scheduling your program about any special requests you may have. Additional programs besides Zoo to You outreach programs are available for schools, preschools and other similar learning institutions. Please contact the Zoo Educator for more information on these programs.

Example of Customizable Topics:

  • Adaptations
  • Habitats
  • Conservation Efforts
  • Predator vs. Prey
  • Animal Senses
  • Life Cycles
  • Locomotion

Contact Information

Nicole Goshen
Zoo Educator
Office: 701-857-4166
Office hours: 8am – 4:30pm M-F

Conditions for Animal Outreach Program

It is a well established fact that educational opportunities are greatly enhanced by close-up observation and contact with live animals. People who are engaged in this type of experience are often impacted in such a way that they will never forget it. They develop an emotional reaction to the animal and become more concerned and aware of conservation issues facing species and habitat survival throughout the world. Since educating the public is an integral part of our mission, the use of live animals is one of the most important tools we have to achieve our institution’s educational goals.

The Roosevelt Park Zoo outreach program requires the following conditions from your facility/group to ensure a safe, educational, and successful program.

  • Noise should be kept to a minimum from audience members. High levels of noise can stress the animal.
  • The facility should maintain an indoor temperature of at least 60°F but no more than 75°F for the comfort of the animal.
  • Outdoor presentations will be held only if the temperature is between 60-90°F as many of the animals especially reptiles cannot regulate their internal body temperatures well.
  • The Roosevelt Park Zoo will not transport animals off-site during severe weather including extreme cold temperatures for the safety of the animal. Temperatures lower than 0°F (including wind chill temperature) will warrant cancellation of a presentation. The decision to cancel and reschedule a visit is made at the discretion of the Roosevelt Park Zoo staff.
  • Outreach program sites should be free of any potentially dangerous materials such as balloons, whistles, firecrackers, etc or any item or behavior that may threaten the safety or comfort level of the outreach animal.
  • Please do not allow any animal other than those brought by zoo staff (ADA service animals excluded) to the program site.
  • Animal presentations may not be held in the vicinity of food or drink as stipulated by the USDA.
  • Hand sanitizer or proper hand washing is required with any hands on contact with the animal. Caution touching reptile specimen should be used for children under the age of 2, persons with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women.

The Roosevelt Park Zoo staff reserves the right to end a program should the animal show any signs of stress, unusual behavior, overheat, chilled, etc. The utmost consideration is given to the physical and psychological well being of every animal.

The Roosevelt Park Zoo staff may switch out animal specimens for programs if the previously requested animal is deemed unusable at the time of the program. This may occur if the animal is stressed, sick or in the case of snakes shedding. The Roosevelt Park Zoo will attempt to inform the group of an animal change if time permits.