The Summer Sunken Garden Flower show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is the longest running of all of the seasonal flower shows. Read more to find out what it takes to create a show that is always ready for its close-up.


Protecting the Pura Vida: Conserving sloths and other threatened animals in Costa Rica. Keeper Liz discusses her conservation champions' experience supported by Como Friends


Pollinator pro tips from invertebrate keeper Aaron and lead gardener Mindy on how to make bees, butterflies and other beneficial bugs happy around your home.


Understanding the world's most elusive cat: keeper Hans reports on his Conservation Champions trip supported by Como Friends.


Your contribution in 2018 helped to build Como Harbor and make possible plenty of other programs and improvements at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory


Como is our urban oasis with a wordwide reach supported by the community.


Sustaining Members keep fundraising costs low and Como Friends' mission moving forward.


Free Means Free: We asked a few of Como's two million annual visitors what free admission means to them.


WHATS THE BUZZ? Garden Safari Gifts is celebrating the power of pollinators this summer


Forward Progress: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory evolved from a Victoria-era menagerie to become Minnesota’s most visited conservation classroom


Como Friends Impact

Como Friends inspires community generosity, giving Como Park Zoo and Conservatory the extra care and feeding it needs to thrive.

visitors welcomed with free admission in 2018
in new investment since 2000
raised for Como in 2018

What's New

  • Donate Today!

    Choose your way to help Como Thrive

  • Residency Programs

    Area classrooms move to Como for innovative education

  • Ground Level

    Renovating a “rising star” among Japanese gardens

  • Shopping at Como

    See what's new at Garden Safari Gifts

  • Kids for Como

    Kids keep Como thriving and free

  • Planned Giving

    Protect Como for generations to come

  • Sparky's New Home

    Your support helped to build Como Harbor and make possible a host of other programs and improvements at Como

  • Sponsor an Animal

    Be a friend to Como’s animals.