Zoo to You




Animal Outreach

Animal outreach programs are available within Minot and the surrounding area.
Outreach programs may be formal or informal. Our Zoo to You program runs in
conjunction with the public school calendars, with the exception of the month of May.
The focus is "hands on" animal encounters with the goal of educating participants of:
wildlife understanding, physical characteristics and adaptations of the selected species,
and conservation awareness of issues facing their wild counterparts. 

Outreach visits may be custom designed to fit your needs. Our programs are
suited for all ages. A typical program will include one selected animal encounter
provided by one or two staff members. The program is designed to consist of 30
minutes (including Q&A, and hands on interaction) 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. Temperatures under 0 degrees
Fahrenheit will result in the cancellation or postponement of any presentation. Please
contact the Zoo's education department for specific information.


Animal Outreach Policy »
Outreach Program Animals:

• Chinchilla
• Domestic Ferrets
• Hedgehog*
• Rex Rabbit
• Chilean Rose Tarantula*
• Corn Snake
• Ball Python
• Yellow-Banded & Blue & Black Poison Dart Frogs*
• Bearded Dragon – NEW for 2015/2016
• Russian Tortoise – NEW for 2015/2016

*Indicates animals that cannot be touched by the spectators
Temperature needs to be 0 degrees F or above, including wind chill temperature

All outreach visits must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. Outreach
programs are scheduled to coordinate with staff availability. Programs are offered
Monday through Friday, between the months of September to April during regular
business hours (9am – 4:30pm), with respect to the animals' feeding schedule. Evening
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.

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
**Evening or weekend programs require special staffing considerations and extra fees may apply.  Please contact the Zoo’s Educational Coordinator for more information.


Assembly presentations:
Off-site large assembly presentations may be made at the discretion of the
Education Coordinator or Zoo Director. Assembly presentations generally last 1 hour,
including set up/tear down time and may be custom designed to fit your needs. 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      $100

                         101-200 people    $175

                         201-300 people    $275

Special Considerations:
Groups requesting significant changes to the standard program or multiple
animals in one visit may incur additional costs. The pricing will be determined by the
Zoo's Education Coordinator upon booking the program.

Minot has a strong spirit of volunteerism and charitable giving. Our fees may be
waived for groups who make a considerable donation of items, or volunteer hours,
needed by the Zoo. Fees may only be reduced or waived with proper approval of the
Zoo's Education Coordinator or Zoo Director. Discussion and approval of reduced or
waived fees must be communicated prior to the program.

Contact Information:
Renee Escherich
Education Coordinator
Office: 701-857-4166
Office hours – 8am – 4:30pm M-F


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