Who We Support

Opened in 1995 as a unique partnership between Independent School District 196, the City of Apple Valley, and the State of Minnesota (Minnesota Zoo), the School of Environmental Studies (SES) is a response to the well-documented need to create smaller, more effective learning communities providing authentic learning experiences.

SES Vision

The School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo is a community of leaders learning to enhance the relationships between people and their environments.

SES Mission Statement

The School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo will develop active citizen leaders who are:

To foster leadership we will:

SES Believes