Classes include live animals, biofacts, and observation / investigation activities to help meet your child's science needs. Programs are held on the 3rd Monday of 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: Vivacious Vertebrates

In this series, we will discover the unique characteristics of animals from the major groups of vertebrates: fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Students will be introduced to the basic skills of classification.

Backbone Breakdown

How many animals in the world have backbones? How many do NOT have backbones? Join us as we discover the important differences between vertebrates and invertebrates! We’ll also take a sneak peek at the 5 major vertebrate groups.

Limited to 32 students
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
H0922BB - September 22 (M); 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - CLOSED

Fantastic Fish

Fish are an amazing group of vertebrates! From guppies to whale sharks and everything in between, fish come in all shapes and sizes! In this class we’ll explore the major traits that all fish have in common.

Limited to 32 students
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
H1020FF - October 20 (M); 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - SOLD OUT

Awesome Amphibians

Do you know the word amphibian means “double life?” Amphibians live a life like no other vertebrates. Join us as we learn all about how amphibians have adapted to live both in water and on land!

Limited to 32 students
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
H1117AA - November 17 (M); 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - SOLD OUT

Students in Grades 4 - 5: Ecology - Everything's Connected

The diversity of animal life on our planet is a result of Earth's unique wild places. Through live animals, biofacts, and hands-on activities we will investigate how different species are adapted to their biome, ecosystem, and habitat. We will also find out how the Zoo helps wild animals in these unique wild places.

Missouri

Come discover Missouri's diverse wildlife and wild places as we learn how animals, plants and people are connected. We will explore Missouri’s forests through the eyes of a box turtle, and our prairies through the eyes of burying beetles.

Limited to 16 students
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
H0922MO - September 22 (M); 2 - 3:30 p.m. - CLOSED

Horn of Africa

Do you know what animals call the Horn of Africa home? In this session, we will explore East Africa’s savannahs through the eyes of Grevy’s Zebras and learn how the Saint Louis Zoo is helping this endangered species from this unique and delicate arid region.

Limited to 16 students
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
H1020HA - October 20 (M); 2 - 3:30 p.m. - CLOSED

Saharan

The Sahara Desert is home to a variety of species adapted to life in a harsh, dry environment. We will explore Northern Africa’s deserts through the eyes of the fennec fox, as we gain insight on how this amazing mammal is adapted for this habitat.

Limited to 16 students
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
H1117SD - November 17 (M); 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Students in Grades 6 - 8: Zoology

In this series, students will explore the various scientific fields found within the Zoo setting that offers the best possible animal husbandry and management. We will cover a variety of topics including genetics, animal behavior, nutrition and more.

Animal Behavior

Animal behavior is the scientific study of everything that animals do. The Saint Louis Zoo applies animal behavior research in its conservation efforts both at the Zoo and in the field. In this class, students will learn the basics of animal behavior, various sampling methods and some information about specific behavior studies going on at the Zoo.

Limited to 16 students
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
H0922AB - September 22 (M); 2 - 3:30 p.m. - CLOSED

Animal Training

In this class you will learn about animal behavior and how the Saint Louis Zoo uses natural behaviors for training purposes. Participants will learn some basic training techniques, and will then have an opportunity to practice these concepts with a take-home animal training project.

Limited to 16 students
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
H1020AT - October 20 (M); 2 - 3:30 p.m. - CLOSED

Genetics

As a conservation institution, the Saint Louis Zoo plays an important role in breeding endangered species. But how does the Zoo determine which animals would benefit or harm the gene pool of a particular population? Using activities, live animals, and biofacts, students will gather insight on how genetic information is used to manage species conservation.

Limited to 16 students
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
H1117GE - November 17 (M); 2 - 3:30 p.m.