For students entering 2nd - 8th grade

Join the Saint Louis Zoo’s team of amazing keepers by participating in A Day with the Rays!  In your first year as an aquatics keeper for the day, we will give you an official name tag and T-shirt to take home.  Jump right in with preparing diets and help maintain the exhibit to keep it looking nice and the animals healthy.  As the new expert, you will help visitors learn about our exhibit, how to touch and feed the stingrays, and touch the sharks.  Please wear a T-shirt, khaki or jean shorts, and old closed-toed shoes.  Bring a bottle of water and a camera.  A Saint Louis Zoo snack and lunch will be provided. Get wet, smell like fish, and have a ton of fun with A Day with the Rays! 

Limited to 2 participants per session

Participants will be registered for only one session.

Fee: Zoo Members $120/General Public $130

DateDayTime
May 30-July 10 Daily
(except June 17, 24; July 1, 2-4, 8) 
Morning Session (A)
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
July 11-Aug 21 Daily
(except July 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12) 
Afternoon Session (P)
12-4:30 p.m.
Aug 27-Sep 25 Saturdays and Sundays only  Morning Session (A)
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Advanced Day with the Rays

For students entering 2nd - 8th grade, who have attended A Day with the Rays

Dive deeper into the science and career of an aquatics keeper.  In your second year or more, continue your work by participating in animal husbandry duties.  Once the daily tasks are accomplished, you will explore fish and cephalopod biology, perform advanced marine water quality monitoring, and, of course, have some time for fun and games.  It’s time to show off all that you learned from last time, as well as pick up a few new tricks along the way. Please wear a T-shirt, khaki or jean shorts, and old closed-toed shoes.  Bring a bottle of water and a camera.  A Saint Louis Zoo snack and lunch will be provided.  Get wet, smell like fish, and have more fishy fun with Advanced Day with the Rays! Participants must have attended A Day with the Rays.

Limited to 2 participants per session

Participants will be registered for only one session.

Fee: Zoo Members $120/General Public $130

DateDayTime
May 30-July 10 Daily
(except June 17, 24; July 1, 2-4, 8) 
Afternoon Session (P)
12-4:30 p.m.
July 11-Aug 21 Daily
(except July 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12) 
Morning Session (A)
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Aug 27-Sep 25 Saturdays and Sundays only Afternoon Session (P)
12-4:30 p.m.

Note: We do not recommend these programs for children with any allergies to shellfish. Please mention any latex allergies on the registration form.

Please Note: The Buddy System does not apply to the A Day with the Rays Program or Advanced Day with the Rays.

For these programs, mark your choices for DATES on the Registration Form. Use “A” for AM, (morning course) or “P” for PM, (afternoon course). Due to the popularity of these programs, you may list as many dates as possible. (Include a separate sheet if necessary).