Your support carries on the tradition of free admission at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.


Garden Safari Gifts is Open! See link for store hours. Though Como Park Zoo and Conservatory remains closed you can still support the plants and animals you love at Como. No reservations needed.


Como Harbor Update: Como’s new seal and sea lion habitat welcomes two new residents


Autumn colors are guaranteed to be at their peak in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Fall Flower Show.


Deep-rooted community connections and a thoughtful cultural exchange have helped the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden grow.


Have a look at how the residents of Como Zoo’s historic barn are gearing up for winter.


Conservation Champion Michelle Hays went to Gabon, bringing home lessons for Como Zoo’s gorilla fans and followers.


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


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


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


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 in support of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory so it thrives for generations to come.

visitors welcomed with free admission in 2019
in new investment since 2000
raised for Como in 2019

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.