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
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.
Horace Cleveland Society levels and benefits:
Join Como Friends at our annual Horace Cleveland Society private reception
See Como behind the scenes with a tour from a Como Zoo keeper or a horticulturist at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Celebrate with a private birthday party in the Polar Bear Lodge or enjoy a private “Discovery Series” class for up to 10 adults
Enjoy a three-hour weekday rental of the Polar Bear Lodge, or host a 90-minute weeknight reception in the Sunken Garden
Let Como come to you with an education program at a location of your choice
- Waive benefits for 100 percent tax-deductibility and you will still receive Como Friends membership card and all associated privileges.