From a one-thousand pound polar bear to a delicate spring bulb, every corner of Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is beaming with the wonders of nature. And thanks to Como Friends, supporters like you, Como will continue to grow, thrive, and remain admission-free for all.
For over 100 years Como has welcomed families, students, and seniors to experience up-close encounters with Como Zoo’s animals and relax among the breathtaking gardens of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Each visit to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory inspires a lasting love of nature. And Como’s commitment to free admission ensures every member of our community has access to the natural world.
Supporters like you ensure free admission for all visitors, innovative veterinary care for Como Zoo’s animals, thoughtful preservation of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory gardens, and powerful education and conservation programs.
This year, your contribution to Como Friends, the nonprofit partner to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, will provide:
The resources to care for the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s diverse collection of plants. No matter the season, Como visitors can discover plants from around the world in the North Garden, delight in the beauty of Como’s orchid collection, and learn from expert horticulturists as they design and care for the five Sunken Garden flower shows.
Inclusive education opportunities for learners of all ages. Como’s education team has connected with hundreds of classrooms, introducing thousands of students to Como Zoo’s animal ambassadors and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory gardens. This year, a new virtual program will engage Junior High students in learning about animals, plants, and conservation topics.
Conservation-focused exhibits and support for field-based conservation projects around the world. The continued update of the Aquatic Animals Building will introduce visitors to a variety of ocean microhabitats that foster a respect for our oceans and the animals who call it home. And with your support, Como’s staff will continue their work with conservation partners to preserve critically endangered species such as polar bears and gorillas.