Zoo to You

Animal Outreach

Zoo To You Outreach Animal Programs are available within Minot and the surrounding North Dakota community. Programs are designed for any type  of group interested in learning more about animals. The focus of Zoo To You is educating participants on wildlife understanding, physical characteristics and adaptations, as well as conservation awareness. Our programs are suited for all ages and audience types. Programs can be offered in a formal and informal setting. All Zoo to You programs can also be held on zoo grounds.

General Programs: Ideal Age: # of people: Cost:
Critters Up-Close

  • Observe and meet an animal up-close. Learn about its adaptations, natural history, and conservation story.
  • 30 minute program
  • Add a second animal for $10
  • Can be customized to fit state standards
  • Our most popular program – ideal for service clubs, nursing homes, daycare centers, etc.
All Ages Up to 50 $25
Career Presentations

  • Dive into the world of working at a zoo. Hear about different careers whether it’s being a zookeeper, veterinarian, educator, or the zoo director.
  • 30 minute program
All Ages Up to 50 $25
Assembly Presentation

  • Generally feature 2-3 animals
  • Ideal for larger groups
  • Generally 1 hour
All Ages 51-100
Classroom Lesson Grade Program Length Cost:
Home Sweet Habitat

  • Engages little learners on what an animal needs to survive: food, water, & shelter. Students will get up close with an ambassador animal and then engineer their own habitat.
  • Includes meeting 1 ambassador animal
  • Science State Standards: K-LS1-1 | K-ESS2-2 | K-ESS3-1 | 1-LS1-1
1st Grade
45 min $40
Compare & Contrast

  • Students will observe two animals and discover adaptations that help each survive in their habitat
  • Includes meeting 2 ambassador animals
  • Science State Standards: 2-LS4-1| 4-LS1-1 |
Preschool 2nd Grade 4th Grade 30 min $35
Engineered for Conservation

  • Dive into world of fishing as we discover how bycatch has a big impact on ocean animals. Students will design, engineer, and test their own fishing prototypes.
  • Science State Standard: 2-ET1-1 | 2-ET1-2 | 2-ET1-3 | 3-ET1-1 | 3-ET1-2 | 3-ET1-3 | 4-ET1-1 | 4-ET1-2 | 4-ET1-3 | 5-ET1-1-1 | 5-ET1-2 | 5-ET1-3 | 5-ESS3-1
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
45 min $40
North Dakota Prairie 

  • Discover how being a part of a group helps prairie dogs obtain food, defend themselves and cope with changes.
  • Includes meeting an ambassador animal.
  • North Dakota Connection
  • Science State Standard: 3-LS2-1 | 5-ESS3-1
3rd Grade 5th Grade 30 min $25
Lifecycle: Changing and Growth

  • Explore the various life cycles of animals that metamorphosize
  • Includes meeting an ambassador animal
  • Science State Standard: 3-LS1-1
3rd Grade 30 min $25
Food Chain

  • Investigate the connection between animals and their environment to uncover the importance of a balanced ecosystem. Students will then become their own active food chain to experience the transfer of energy.
  • Includes meeting an ambassador animal
  • Science State Standard: 5-LS2-1
5th Grade 45 min $30

*Mileage rates may apply for visits outside Minot city limits

Scheduling a Visit:

Outreach visits should be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. Programs typically run Monday through Friday during regular business hours (9am-4:30pm). Evening and weekend programs (excluding zoo tours) are available at an additional flat rate of $15 on top of program fee, exceptions may be made for programs held at the zoo.

What’s Included:

Program cost includes preparations, driving time, set up and tear down, presentation time and materials needed to present. Presentation time is based on audience interest and includes time for questions and answers, as well as hands on interactions when appropriate. Programs will be presented by an RPZ staff member or a trained volunteer. The facility/group will need to provide a quiet area to present in as well as one table (at least 4-foot in length).

Weather Related Information:

Rules and restrictions may apply depending on weather and the needs of the animal. Per our policy, inclement weather and/or temperatures under 0°F (including wind chill) will results in postponement or cancellation of any scheduled outreach visit that includes a live animal. This is for the safety of our animals. Programs will be rescheduled or refunded based on your individual groups needs.

Don’t See What You’ve Looking For?

Programs can be customized to fit in with your classroom lessons or group’s needs. No idea is too big. Please discuss any special requests with the Education Coordinator prior to scheduling your program.

Current Outreach Animals

Mammals Reptiles Amphibians & Invertebrates
Chinchilla Ball python Poison dart frogs**
Domestic ferret Corn snake Chilean rose-hair tarantula
Prairie dog* Kenyan sand boa
Rex rabbit African spurred tortoise Other
Russian tortoise Biofacts & animal tracks

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

Contact Information

Nicole Barnhart
Education, Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Office: 701-857-4166
Office hours: 8am – 4:30pm M-F