Students entering Grade 9 and up may also register for adult programs.

Breakfast is For the Birds

The Saint Louis Zoo is proud to be home to over 300 different kinds of birds.  Join us for a hot breakfast, followed by a 3/4 mile bird-watching stroll to see native birds as well as those passing through on fall migration.  The stroll will also include stops at the Bird House and the Cypress Swamp Exhibit in the historic 1904 Flight Cage.  Saint Louis Zoo traces its origins to the 1904 World’s Fair, when Smithsonian Institution commissioned the Flight Cage for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.  St. Louisans rallied to keep the Flight Cage intact after the fair, and the City of St. Louis soon purchased it.  Within a few short years, it served as the impetus for St. Louis to develop a full-fledged zoo – the first municipally supported zoo in the world.  Program starts at Lakeside Café.

Limited to 20 participants.
Fee: Zoo Members $15/General Public $20
A1010BB - October 10 (Sa); 8:30 - 10 a.m. 

Digital Zootography

Join Zoo volunteer photographer Michael Abbene and stlZoo Magazine contributing photographer Ray Meibaum for an exciting digital photography class. Turn a day trip to the Zoo into a wildlife photo safari that combines portrait and action photography techniques to help you capture striking images of our Zoo animals. We will mix classroom discussions of light and composition in the context of photographing animals in their exhibits with at least two guided photo shoots to apply what we have learned. A Zoo Instructor will also share insights on Zoo animals and their behaviors. After the lunch break (lunch is on your own), you will share photographs from the day for review by the instructors and other participants. All levels of photographers are welcome but you must bring a camera that can use interchangeable lenses like a DSLR, a mirror-less digital camera, or a prosumer/bridge camera with at least 7x zoom. Please Note: This class is not appropriate for compact camera or smartphone photographers.

Limited to 16 participants.
Fee: Zoo Members $30/General Public $35
A0926DZ - September 26 (Sa); 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Adult Animal Encounters

These programs will include a classroom presentation, an opportunity to meet some of our program animals up close and a tour. Please Note: These programs do not include behind-the-scenes tours or opportunities to touch animals in their habitats while touring the Zoo.

Limited to 12 participants per session.
Fee:  Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

Fantastic Felines - Big Cat Country

A1122FF - November 22 (Su); 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Seals & Sea Lions - Sea Lion Sound

A0117SL - January 17 (Su); 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Observe and Learn: Penguins

Why did the penguin shake its head?  Come and learn why penguins do the things they do, and waddle down to Penguin and Puffin Coast to observe these behaviors in action.  We will record what we see using an engaging iPad application to better understand a portion of the penguin’s day.

Limited to 12 participants per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20
A1122OP- November 22 (Su); 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
A0117OP - January 17 (Su); 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Beer and Bavarian Pretzel Night Prowl: Animal Athletes (NEW)

For adults ages 21 and up.

First enjoy a beer and pretzel happy hour, and then embark on a twilight tour around the Zoo, where you will witness some of our animals’ nocturnal behaviors and communications.  You may even see some of our animal athletes show their amazing talents! What a wild way to spend happy hour!

Limited to 50 participants per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $23/General Public $25
N1007BP- October 7 (W); 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
N1015BP- October 15 (Th); 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
N1105BP- November 5 (Th); 6:30 - 8:30p.m.

Wine and Cheese Night Prowls: Around the World

For adults ages 21 and up

Limited to 50 participants per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $23/General Public $25

September evening sessions still available.
Check our summer programs listing for more information.

Saint Louis Zoo Lectures

Free lectures are open to the public. No reservations required.