Major Gifts

Horace Cleveland Society

Yesterday’s Vision is Today’s Legacy

“Look forward a century, to the time when the city has a population of a million, and think what will be their wants.”

–Horace Cleveland, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s original landscape designer

Join the Horace Cleveland Society

Laurel Lundberg
Director of Individual Giving
phone: 651-487-8296

Jackie Sticha
phone: 651-487-8225

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory was founded in 1897 by visionaries and volunteers who saw the need for a great public green space where Minnesota families could come to reconnect with nature—and with each other.

A century later, there are few places like Como Park Zoo and Conservatory anywhere else. Owned by all, enjoyed by all, and free to all, Como is Minnesota’s most visited cultural institution, welcoming two million children and adults every year.

The Horace Cleveland Society is a major gift program committed to preserving Como’s long history and bright future. By making an unrestricted annual gift of $1,000 and above to Como Friends, you help Como thrive by investing in:

  • Priority improvements at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
  • Daily education programs that are offered free of charge to every visitor
  • Operations to help keep Como free and accessible 365 days a year

As a member of The Horace Cleveland Society, you’ll also enjoy access 
to special events at Como as well as benefits in appreciation for your gift.



Receive a “behind-the-scenes” tour of Como Zoo or the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory


Bring Como to you with an education program at a location of your choice


Celebrate with a private party or a “Discovery Series” class for up to 10 participants


Bring a Como animal ambassador to your business or family gathering


Enjoy a three-hour weekday rental of the Polar Bear Lodge, or host a 90-minute weeknight reception in the Sunken Garden

Learn More

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  • Sponsor an Animal

    Be a friend to Como’s animals.

  • Sponsor a Garden

    Help the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory grow.