Educate

At Hemker Park & Zoo, we’re as passionate about education as we are about animals. Our mission is to help “educate the young and old” by providing people with fun and fascinating animal experiences.

Zoo

Camps

Go behind-the-scenes with educators and zookeepers and meet the animals up close!

VIP

Tours

Enjoy an unforgettable private two-hour guided tour through the Hemker Park & Zoo grounds.

School

Programs

Information on field trips and Hemker Park & Zoo’s year-round in-school educational initiative.

Virtual

Zoo to You

A unique way to learn about and experience zoo animals at your school, organization or home.

Educational Programs

Look, Listen, Touch…And Learn!

We believe hands-on experience with real, live subjects is the best the way to learn. That’s why, under the leadership of professional educator Anne Blenker, we have developed numerous unique educational programs, both at the zoo and off site, that are engaging as well as informative.

Schedule & Pricing

  • Budgie Seed Sticks
    $3.00/Stick
    *Mid-May - September
    10:00 - 5:00
  • Giraffe Feeding
    $5:00/Person 11:00, 2:00, 4:00
  • Otter Feeding
    $6:00/Person 12:00, 3:00
  • Rhino Feeding
    $20.00/Person 12:30, 3:30

Meet the Animals

We won't give them all away, but here are just a few of the fantastic animals we care for at Hemker Park & Zoo—including our beloved Tio, the only Rhino in the state of Minnesota!

Camel

Camel

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Herbivores

Lynx

Flamingo

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Omnivores

Monkey

Buff-Cheeked Gibbon

STATUS IN THE WILD
Declining Populations

DIET
Omnivores

Otters

Otters

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Carnivores

Rhino

Rhino

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Herbivores

Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

STATUS IN THE WILD
Endangered

DIET
Herbivores

A Legacy of Love

What began as Mark & Joan Hemker's simple dream in 1977 has grown to give families up close access to more than 50 different species from around the globe. Now operated by their children and families, Hemker Park & Zoo is an inviting and educational activity that will not disappoint.