Como Residency Program

The Como residency program is designed to be a high-dosage program that connects elementary school classrooms with the plants and animals of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Students learn about different biomes and have the chance to apply the skills needed for STEM focused careers. We offer two different program formats to reach schools throughout Minnesota and thanks to the generous funding from the Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant the residency program is FREE (including transportation).

For Schools in the Twin Cities Metro Region:

The Twin Cities Metro residency program is a week-long learning opportunity for elementary school classrooms. Teachers move their classrooms to Como for an entire week to participate in hands-on, interdisciplinary, STEM focused activities. Como education staff partner with classroom teachers to deliver a program where students use the scientific method to do real-world learning about the plants and animals of Como. Teacher training is provided over the summer to help teachers prepare curriculum to teach during the trip and to incorporate the program throughout the school year in their classroom.

For Schools in Greater Minnesota:

Classrooms in Greater Minnesota have the opportunity to enhance their school year with Como as well. This program consists of a combination of Como education staff visiting your classroom, your classroom visiting Como, and lessons that you can teach in the classroom throughout the school year with support from Como staff. The program includes hands-on science and engineering activities along with the chance to get up close with the plants and animals of Como.