At Hemker Park & Zoo, you’ll find that we always something new and exciting going on! Our special events fill up fast, so check back often and act quick. From summer camps to family friendly events, we help people discover how fun and learning go hand-in-hand.

Valentine's Gala

Here is what is happening at Hemker Zoo:

For the ❤️ Rhino’s Gala

Roll out the Red Carpet…You are invited to join The Guardians of Conservation at the inaugural fundraising gala For the ❤ of Rhino’s.
Saturday, February 12th, 2022 5 pm – 9 pm at Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud MN.
This Gala will benefit the International Rhino Foundation and also sponsor the purchase of an x-ray machine for the animals at Hemker Park & Zoo.
Bring your date, your friends, or even your company party out for an upscale evening of fine food, great drinks, a live auction, fun live entertainment from magician Jared Sherlock and animal meet and greets.
Where: Territory Golf Club, St. Cloud MN
Cocktail Hour 5 pm
Dinner & Entertainment 6:30 pm
Meal Options: Prime Rib, Chicken Romana or Vegetarian
Ticket Includes: Meal, 2 drink tickets & entertainment.
Individual Tickets: $130.00
Table for 10 with private animal meet & greet, take home bag: $1,500.00
Purchase Your ticket by February 2nd, 2022.
Call 320-836-2426 or email
This event is hosted by The Guardians of Conservation 501 (c) (3)


Brew At The Zoo

Thursday, June 16th, 2022 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join in the fun at Brew At The zoo! Take part in a fantastic evening of beer, wine and spritz sampling.

During the event, listen to live music and shop our silent auction.

We will also have food available for sale.

It’s all happening after hours. This event is Rain or Shine. No Refunds.

All funds from this event will go towards supporting Guardians of Conservation.

There is more than beer, there is wine and spritz sampling too!!!

VIP guests will enjoy fast-pass entrance, exclusive VIP area including a lounge area with snacks, meet & greets with our animal ambassador 7:00-7:30 and cool commemorative swag.

Pre-buy your tickets by calling (320) 836-2426 or email for more information.
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Summer Party

Friday, July 8th, 2022 – 10:00am


Get your advanced tickets to reserve your spot at our Summer Party, listen to our hourly penguin keeper talks about our penguins! As they like it warm not cold!!!

The annual Summer Party is a popular summer celebration geared toward families on at Hemker Park & Zoo.

Receive discounted admission of $16.00/person + tax for anyone 2 years & up into the zoo for our Beach Party!  During our Party, we will be having hourly giveaways. Mark your calendar for an entire day of fun and games!!

Who ever said penguins only like cold weather!


For More information on advanced tickets to our Summer Beach Party, call us at (320) 836-2426 or email
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Saturday, September 10th, 2022 – 10:00am


Join the harvest fun. Held in early September each year, the Fall Zoo Fest is a special event at Hemker Park & Zoo to celebrate harvest season.

Discounted admission $16.00 + tax/person,Amish Baskets for sale, Apples from Apple Orchard for sale, Craft Vendors, and more!!!

Along with the regular zoo attractions,  Craft Vendors and the sale of harvest produce, including pumpkins and apples, it’s a perennial hit with both adults and kids.

Phone (320) 836-2426 or email for more information.
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Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 8th & Saturday, October 15th, 2022 – 10:00am


Calling all Ghouls and Goblins!

Join us at Hemker Park & Zoo for a Wild and Spooktacular celebration.

Get your advanced discounted tickets to reserve your spot at our annual Boo at the Zoo event, or show up in your best Halloween costume and get your discounted admission at the door. Discounted admission is $16.00/person +tax for anyone 2 years of age and up (23 months and younger is free).

Trick or Treat around the zoo from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

The annual Boo at the Zoo event is a popular Halloween celebration geared toward families.
This event is rain or shine!
Mark your calendar for an entire day of fun and games!!

If you would like to be a vendor for Boo at the Zoo please Click Here for more information & registration.

If you can’t make it, but would like to sponsor an area for Boo at the Zoo Click Here

Amazing Vendors on the Trick or Treat Pathway:

*All forms can be emailed back to For questions or additional information please call 320-836-2426

For more information on our Boo at the Zoo event: Call us at (320) 836-2426 or email
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Santa Visits the Zoo

Santa Visits the ZooNovember 20th, 26th, 27th, 2021 10 am – 2 pm

Ho, ho, ho! Santa is making a special stop at Hemker Park & Zoo on November 20th, 26th & 27th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM! Enjoy visiting with Santa & his live reindeer, shop our main gift shop for the perfect holiday gifts! We will have season member passes available, sponsor an animal box and more!
Bring a Camera to take a picture with Santa!
Visit with Santa is Sponsored by the Guardians of Conservation.
Santa at the Zoo is free with a suggested monetary donation to the Guardians of Conservation.
**Santa will be located in our front picnic area and the main gift shop will be open. The rest of the zoo will be closed off for the season. There will be no access to any part of the zoo other than the front picnic area and main gift shop.