Como Park

Visitor and Education Resource Center

Saint Paul, Minnesota


Como Park is a zoo, botanical garden and environmental learning center. The Education Resource Center (ERC) serves as a visitors' center, gateway to the zoo, and connection to the glass conservatory. The facility includes classrooms, an auditorium and environmental exhibits. The ERC weds two venerated institutions-the Como Zoo and Como Conservatory-combining the white steel latticework of the conservatory with the native stone walls of the Zoo building. A key program component is Tropical Encounters, which provides students with six exploration camps and three tree-house classrooms. Sustainable materials include local stone, maple from sustainable forests, and counters made from recycled content.

sustainable design

Designed to Principles found in LEED®.