Classes include live animals, biofacts, and observation / investigation activities to help meet your child's science needs. Programs are held on select Mondays each month. Classes meet in the lower level of The Living World building. For more information, call (314) 646-4544, option #6.

Students in Grades K - 3: Awesome Adaptations

In this series, we will explore the characteristics of animals that help them survive.   We will compare these characteristics to our own abilities and discover their connection to body structure, behavior, and habitat.

Limited to 45 participants per morning session.
Limited to 12 participants per afternoon session.
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

Superhero Science
Bring your favorite super hero action figure and we’ll explore which animals have similar adaptations to help them survive.

H0921SH1 - September 21 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
H0921SH2 - September 21 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Creatures of the Night
Have you ever wondered what animals do after dark?  Come explore which animals are awake all night and how they do the things they do.

H1019CN1 - October 19 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon
H1019CN2 - October 19 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Super Senses
We will explore how some animals sense the outside world and the body structures that allow them to do so.

H1116SS1 - November 16 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon
H1116SS2 - November 16 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Creature Camo
Animals use camouflage to mask their location, identity, and movement.  We will explore the different ways animals “Hide in plain sight”.

H1214CC1 - December 14 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon
H1214CC2 - December 14 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Students in Grades 4 - 5: Diving Deeper

In this series, taking a closer look at familiar animals provides the opportunity to further develop our “Scientist skills” like; observation, reflection, and developing testable questions.

Limited to 16 participants per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

Polar Bears 101
Is a polar bear’s fur really white?  How do they survive in one of the coldest places on earth?  We will learn our polar bear, Kali’s, story, along with the challenges stories of people and what we can do to help their changing arctic world.

H0921PB - September 21(M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Fantastic Felines
ROAR and purr…  Cats are some of the most recognizable animals in the world.  In this class, we will explore similarities, differences, and skulls to investigate cat adaptations and visit Big Cat Country.

H1019FF - October 19 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.

In this class, gross is good!  You will have an up-close, personal experience with hairballs, slime-producing creatures, and some of the grossest things you have never heard of!  Let your inner “grossologist” shine while learning about all the different ways scientists investigate gross things.  To top it off, we will make your very own collection of gross things to take home!

H1116GR - November 16 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Young and old alike are captivated by these black and white sleek swimming machines.  This deep dive into penguins will look at penguin species, habitats, adaptations, and behaviors.

H1214PN - December 14 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Students in Grades 6 - 8: Animal Forensics 101: Africa

In this series, students will develop skills used by real-life forensic scientists.

Limited to 16 participants per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

Invisible World
Students will use microscopes to uncover the fascinating wonders of the world not seen by the naked eye.  Learn how microscopes work and discover what everyday objects (and some not seen every day) look like magnified up to 120 items!  We will also look for wild critters from a local pond sample that can only be seen under a microscope.

H0921IW - September 21(M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Tracks and Signs - Africa
Who visited the watering hole last night?  Animals leave clues behind that we can use to tell who they are and where they have been; we just have to look for them!  Students will explore ways to find out who has been where we’ve never been before.

H1019TS - October 19 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Conservation & Field Skills - Horn of Africa

H1116HA - November 16 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.

Conservation & Field Skills - Goualougo Triangle

H1214GT - December 14 (M); 1 - 3 p.m.