Minnesota Zoo Foundation

A nonprofit organization

$121,765 raised by 305 donors

100% complete

$120,000 Goal


By connecting with nature, we form a bond that makes us want to protect the world around us. But many Minnesotans and Zoo visitors from around the world experience barriers when trying to access nature, making those bonds harder to form.

The new Treetop Trail aims to breaks down these barriers to entry and open doors to the natural world so that all can experience the wonder it has to offer.

The Zoo has a unique opportunity to help connect more people to the natural world. The Treetop Trail will circle the Zoo's 485 acres of land, nearly half of which is undeveloped lush woodland, and offer a remote feeling within the safety of the city. Support this accessible project and help more visitors form relationships with nature that better ourselves, our communities, and the world around us.

The Minnesota Zoo is working with experts to ensure an accessible experience for all. View some of the Trail's adaptive elements below and how they'll help more people have a safe, immersive, and enjoyable experience in nature.

Speakers to amplify event speakers or audio

Binoculars for bird watching

Accessible location with help close by if needed

Elevated position provides new perspectives into wildlife below

ADA accessible entry and exit points

Benches for resting along the Trail

Dedicated programming time with limited attendance

Lighting every four feet along the Trail

Signage with icons, rather than language, to communicate

Free and reduced Zoo tickets for qualifying visitors

Infrastructure like internet access and security cameras

Your gift today will go toward the Treetop Trail, ensuring that this new project meets the needs of more people in our communities. Help visitors form relationships with nature that better ourselves, our communities, and the world around us.

If you have any questions about making a donation to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation, please don't hesitate to reach out.


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Minnesota Zoo Foundation
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124

The Minnesota Zoo Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises funds in support of the Minnesota Zoo's mission of connecting people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife.

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Minnesota Zoo Foundation

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Environment Animals Children & Family


13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124



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