Update June 2021:Our Zoo and Retail store are now OPEN!!! Our Hours are as follows:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12 to 8pm (Zoo 1 to 7pm)
Thursday: 12 to 8pm (Zoo 1 to 7pm)
Friday: 12 to 8pm (Zoo 1 to 7pm) 
Saturday: 12 to 8pm (Zoo 1 to 7pm)
Sunday: 12 to 8pm (Zoo 1 to 7pm)
Emily and Ed’s visiting hours, and hands-on opportunities, are from 4 to 8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday; we look forward to meeting you!
Educational programs will resume in January of 2022.

Welcome to Snake Discovery, where I bring the reptiles to YOU and teach kids (and adults!) about reptiles during fun and educational programs! My hands-on approach to learning grabs the attention of all ages; plus, plenty of props and live examples create a well-rounded, engaging program for everyone!

“What an awesome opportunity for the kids to see live snakes and other reptiles and learn about them. Emily is fantastic with the kids and I would highly recommend her for your child’s birthday party or any group!” –Hilltop Daycare and Preschool, April 2015

To book a program, please email me at It’s best to book your program at least 1 month in advance. Short-term bookings are welcome, but dates may be limited.
Snake Discovery serves all of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Find A Program Near You!!

The following programs are free for the public to attend*:

March 7: Oakdale Public Library at 11am (Oakdale, MN)
March 12: Park Grove Library *Turtle Program* at 2pm (Cottage Grove, MN)
March 22: Hastings Exotic Pet Expo from 11am-4pm (Hastings, MN)
March 24: Burnhaven Public Library at 2pm (Burnsville, MN)
March 27: Deer Park Public Library at 5pm (Deer Park, WI)
April 1: St. Croix Falls Public Library at 4pm (St. Croix Falls, WI)
April 4: Woodbury EXPO tabletop from 12:30-4pm (Woodbury, MN)
April 11: Lake Elmo Library at 11am (Lake Elmo, MN)
April 19: Eau Claire Exotic Pet Expo from 11am-4pm (Eau Claire, WI)
April 25: RH Stafford Library at 10:30am (Woodbury, MN)
April 25: Park Grove Library at 1:30pm (Cottage Grove, MN)

*Some places may require pre-registration, and the Exotic Pet Expos require a $3 fee to enter. Please check the venue’s website or Facebook page for further details (address, whether a snake or turtle focus, etc).
Note: Most public programming occurs in June, July and August. Programs during the rest of the year are mostly private events.

About Emily

I (Emily) have always had a passion for exotic animals with a specialty in reptiles and birds, with my goal being to learn as much about them as possible. However, no matter how much you study, research, and work with exotic animals, there is always more to learn! I feel that the more people know about reptiles, the better appreciation they have for them. Someday, I hope to live in a world where the majority of people enjoy snakes rather than loathe them. My programs aim to open the eyes of the youth (and other generations) so that they grow up respecting reptiles, leading to wildlife preservation in the future.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Fisheries & Wildlife. I then became an Interpretive Naturalist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where I found my love for wildlife education. I have spent hundreds of hours developing and conducting educational programs about wildlife to all age groups and backgrounds. I am an active member of the Minnesota Herpetological Society (MHS), where I regularly volunteer at hands-on activities to spread knowledge of reptiles as pets. I am also a past Director of the Minnesota Companion Bird Association (MCBA), as well as certified Aviculturist through the American Federation of Aviculture. Now when I return to the universities, I get to be in front of the teaching board rather than behind a desk! I have taught pre-vet students about Companion Animals at the University of Wisconsin: River Falls and the University of Minnesota.

Customer Reviews

Hear what other people have to say about Snake Discovery!

We would love to hear about your experience with Snake Discovery!  Click here to leave us a review.

-Beth Lukomski, July 2019

"Thank you so much for being the amazing educator, advocate, and role model that you are. The program we booked, was absolutely amazing, and will be the talk of all who attended for years to come. It is wonderful to come across such an amazing role model. Please keep up the wonderful work that you are doing."

-Sarah, State Park program attendee, July 2019

"Emily, I was at your presentation at Rib Mountain [State Park] in Wausau today. WOW. That was SO engaging and educational. You did a PHENOMENAL job. You shared interesting facts and kept kids and adults alike on the edge of our seats during the whole presentation. I am still in awe that we were able to hold the snakes. We go to many science museums, aquariums, and zoos when we travel and see lots of conservation themed presentations. Never have I had such a big impact of a 1 hour presentation in changing how I view the animal. You dramatically changed how I view snakes. By being able to handle the snakes, it took away fear and increased knowledge. This was a wonderful example of how education fuels conservation efforts. Thanks for spreading this knowledge and experience throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota! You are clearly very passionate about your work!!"

-Cari, Birthday party, October 2018

"What a unique and valuable experience!. My child learned so much and was so excited to share their knowledge when we got home! One Dad stopped me at preschool drop-off today to tell me how much fun HE had at the party. He was so thrilled to be able to handle our native snakes and especially, Doug, the boa constrictor! I, too, loved every minute. I knew my son would love the lizards and snakes as he’s been passionate about reptiles for 2+ years, but it was truly magical to watch some of the more timid kids go from shying away to handling the snakes all by themselves! I think you did an amazing job keeping these 4-5 year olds engaged and learning about your beautiful animals."

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