You don't have to be a kid to enjoy the Zoo -- you don't even have to come to the Zoo at all (although of course we love to have you here). If you can't visit us, then we can come to you!
The Saint Louis Zoo delivers adult outreach programs to libraries, senior centers, and various other community groups. Each program offers educational content, live animals interactions, and various objects from the animal world.
Animal Behavior (NEW!)
Have you ever wondered why animals do certain things? Is animal behavior important in a zoo? In this program, we will discover why and how scientists study animal behavior as it relates to reproduction at the Saint Louis Zoo. Information from mating and mate selection studies about cheetahs, Somali wild asses, and hellbenders is included.
Can you get warts from a toad? How do snakes smell their prey? In this program, we’ll examine at some common misconceptions that people may have about animals and, with the help of some live animal guests, bust those misunderstandings!
Birds are some of the most unique creatures in the animal kingdom ranging in size, biome distribution, and food preference. This program will explore their exceptionable adaptations, look at bird “extremes,” and introduce you to some new avian friends!
Behind the Scenes: Vet Hospital
The Saint Louis Zoo is home to the Endangered Species Research Center and Veterinary Hospital. This program will take you “behind the scenes” with pictures and stories of one of the most interesting buildings at the Saint Louis Zoo.
One of the most exciting things at a zoo is when babies are born! In this program, we’ll look at pictures and hear stories of our newest residents. We'll also learn special baby names, as well as how animals care for their young. Some of the babies that have been born at the Saint Louis Zoo will make an appearance also.
Meet Me in St. Louis
The 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park put St. Louis on the map. Discover interesting facts about the Fair and the animals that were brought there. We'll also discuss how Forest Park has changed over the past 100 years. Learn about the animals that you could currently find hiding out in the Park.
Islands are very unique places. Many islands have plants and animals living on them that don't live anywhere else on Earth. In this program, we'll discover fascinating places like Madagascar, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii and more and meet live animals that originated from these beautiful places!
Wonderful World of Animals
This program will highlight the wonderful world of animals. We will bring animals, biofacts and other materials to your site to provide a multi-sensory experience on this topic.
The Saint Louis Zoo is working to save endangered species both on our St. Louis campus and around the world. This program will introduce you to the work of our WildCare Institute. We will bring live animals from different continents to teach you about the diversity of wildlife on our planet.
Animals After Dark
What animals do you see or hear at night? After the sun sets, some animals emerge to hunt for their prey. Others will come out at night because the darkness provides better protection than the day. Meet nocturnal animals from the Zoo in this program as we explore what it's like to live in the dark, and why these late night animals are our friends.
Zoo Nutrition 101
At the Zoo, our staff in the Animal Nutrition Center work hard to make sure the animals eat well. With over 11,000 animals to feed, that's no small job. This program will show you how we do it. See what's on our grocery list and then meet live animals and find out what they eat, too.
Behind the Scenes
There's a lot to see when you visit the Zoo, but did you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? We'll show pictures and tell stories about what you don't see even when you come to the Zoo. Get the inside scoop with this program. We'll even bring animals for you to see that aren't on public display.
Then, Now and Beyond
Take a trip down memory lane, looking at past pictures from the Saint Louis Zoo. Meet live animals and find out what we’re doing today to conserve wild things and wild places.
Pricing and Scheduling
Each adult outreach program lasts 45 minutes. We can provide a one-time program for you. Or many of our current clients have us deliver programs on a monthly, bimonthly or quarterly basis.
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All organizations will need to complete an ‘Outreach Program Agreement’ in order to book programs. Please click here for a downloadable PDF of this agreement
To get more information or schedule an outreach program, please contact the Outreach Coordinator at (314) 646-4754, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.