Blank Park University

  • 7401 SW 9th Street | Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Presented By: Blank Park Zoo
  • Dates: 11/14/2021, 12/12/2021
  • Location: Blank Park Zoo
  • Phone: (515) 974-2620
  • Start/End Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Price: $30 for non-members; $24 for members
  • Overview

    You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy learning at Blank Park Zoo. Blank Park University will expand your understanding of the natural world through lectures led by some of Blank Park Zoo’s awesome staff. This will be a 45 to 60 minute interactive presentation with time after the presentation for lots of questions. Each program will include a hands-on activity or game, behind-the-scenes adventure/animal encounter, or a workshop addition.

    For non-members, Zoo admission is included with the cost of the program. Check out our website for the 2021 class themes and dates.

    You don’t even have to be present at the zoo to enjoy learning with Blank Park University! For 2021, we will have virtual, as well as in-person, options available for all classes. Send us an email if you have further questions about virtual versus in-person classes to

    Class Dates & Themes:

    • January 10: Taxidermy & Conservation
    • February 14: Weird, Wild & Kind of Wacky – Animal Mating Habits (18+ only)
    • March 14: Kori Bustard Conservation & Fly-fish Tying
    • April 11: Plants 101
    • May 9: Let’s Talk About the “2nd” Most Successful Mammals in the World
    • June 13: Feathers – Pigmentation & Structure
    • July 11: Life of an Eastern Bluebird with guest speaker Joel VanRoekel, DSM Parks & Recreation Environmental Educator
    • August 8: The Bugs and the Bees
    • September 12: A World of Vultures
    • October 10: Morphology and Psychology of Aliens (18+ only)
    • November 14:  Introduction to Fiber Spinning
    • December 12: A Year in Review of the Zoo

    Click here to register!