School Programs

Experience a world of wild wonder!

Animals Around the World is Hemker Park & Zoo’s year-round in-school educational initiative designed to give students a hands-on learning experience about the animal kingdom and natural world.



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



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



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


Zoo to You

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

Animals Around the World

Professional educator Anne Blenker presents the in-depth 45-minute program, which features live animals from various continents with which students may interact.

Anne and her team discuss the diet of animals found in different climates and geographies, how they adapt to their environment, animal conservation and more.

The program is aligned to the science and geography curricula and can be tailored to students of various ages and educational levels.


Teachers and school children of all ages love taking field trips to Hemker Park & Zoo, where education comes to life, with an up-close safari through the animal kingdom.

Students can experience some of the world’s most spectacular and fascinating animals without leaving Central Minnesota.

The zoo offers the choice of a wide variety of field trip packages for schools and other large groups. Undercover picnic facilities and a play set are also available. During visit we will have educational talks throughout the zoo to highlight some of our zoo family!

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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.