October Sketch Meet At the Minnesota Zoo, Sunday, 10/15, 12-3pm


Hello Urban Sketchers Twin Cities!

We have the opportunity to sketch at an amazing place for our October Sketch Meet: the Minnesota Zoo.

Address: 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN 55124
When: Sunday, October 15th
Time: 12-3pm
Where To Meet: We will meet at the Lakeside Terrace at 12pm for meet/greet and at 2:45pm for our sketchbook throw down and group photo. See included map for directions. 

If the Zoo is accepting entry at the South entrance, simply check in and walk out the doors just past the entry. Go left and you will see a stage area that has a tarp canopy and large rocks for sitting along the lake. This will be our meeting spot. Here is a map of the whole zoo.
Cost: We were not able to negotiate a free entry so we will have to pay admission prices. Ticket prices are $21.95 for ages 13-64 and adults 65+ are $15.95. If you are a member, entrance is free. Parking is additional, learn more here.
Tickets must be purchased online. You can purchase before you get to the zoo via their website, or purchase via a QR code once you arrive.
What To Sketch: The Zoo is an amazing place to sketch. It is also a vast area and if you haven’t visited for some time, you may not know about the many opportunities. If you want to sketch…
    •    Animals in motion – the otters in the Grizzly coast (constant movement) and the dolphins or sharks in Discovery Bay.
    •    Great posers – The goats at the Farm will sit perfectly still for you for hours. The Penguins just right of the South entry mostly do not move. And, or course, the majestic Bald Eagle on the Minnesota Trail is a favorite.
    •    Color – The carousel off the northern trail on the way to the Farm or the many tropical fish on the Tropics Trail provide amazing color.
    •    Nature – The new Tree Top Trail is the premier place to capture nature. It’s a 1.25 mile round trip but the far end provides amazing water and woods views.
    •    Fan favorite – The Brown Bear exhibit in the Grizzly Coast – if the bears are active, you can get an amazing views of this majestic animal. Watch out for their HUGE claws.
    •    Architecture – The amphitheater with its tarps and well designed stage is beautiful. Also the tiger exhibit on the northern trail (they are close to each other) has a waterfall and rocks and, of course, tigers.
    •    Vast open areas – The camels, Asian horses, and American Bison make you believe you are in another country/era.
    •    Unexpected – the Dino Hideout will bring you up close and personal to animated dinos from yesteryear.

I hope you will join us in sketching animals, engaging enclosures, and families having fun at this event.   

~ Lisa M Schlosser (USK TC member)

Sketch Credit: Lisa Schlosser