We'll Bring the Zoo to You!
We provide programming for anyone, from ages 2-102, including schools, libraries, senior groups, scout groups, day cares and numerous other community organizations. All of our programs can be adapted to fit your group's unique needs.
What Size Groups Can Be Accommodated?
Our minimum group size is 10, with a maximum group size of 30 (children and adults). For groups of larger than 30, we do offer larger assembly programs. For our programs for children with special needs, our minimum group size is eight, with a maximum of 16.
For childcare facilities, we do require that adult/child ratios be maintained at all times during the program(s). See Missouri Code of State Regulations 19 CSR 30-62.112 Staff/Child Ratios or Illinois Administrative Code Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers Section 407.190 Grouping and Staffing.
Are Live Animals Part of the Programs?
Yes, live animals are part of our programs! After all, that is what the Zoo specializes in! For groups of 10-30, audience participants can touch select animals. For groups larger than 30, we can bring live animals for participants to observe, but not to touch. Pictures are always welcome!
Please note, sometimes extreme weather conditions restrict our ability to bring live animals to you, as the health and well-being of our animals is a top priority. On the rare occasion we would not be able to bring live animals, we would work with you to reschedule or issue a refund for the program.
Also, due to the needs of our animals, we cannot guarantee a specific animal species for your class. All animals presented will be appropriate for the program theme chosen.
What Is the Cost Associated With the Programs?
Groups within the Zoo-Museum District of St. Louis City and County receive discounted pricing on some programs. Please note: all programs require full payment to be received before the program date.
Click here for information on pricing (PDF).
How Do I Schedule a Program and Make Payment?
A minimum of eight weeks' notice is required for all programs, if paying by check. Full payment is due 30 days from invoice date. If your payment is not received within 30 days, your program will be canceled.
Programs scheduled with less than eight weeks' notice, with a minimum of four weeks, require full credit card payment at the time of scheduling.
We are unable to schedule programs with less than four weeks' notice. See outreach scheduling information for more information.