Students entering grade 9 may also register for Adult Programs.

A "National Park" in Your Backyard!

Learn how to plant your yard to attract and support birds, bees, butterflies or other wildlife.   Be a part of a growing movement - BiodiverseCity St. Louis.  Make your yard a stepping-stone habitat as part of a larger “Backyard National Park” protecting our wildlife.  Bring pictures or rough measurements of the length and width and shape of your property and any structures on your lot.

Limited to 20 participants per session
Fee: Zoo Members $18/ General Public $20
A0228NP - February 28 (Sa); 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A0311NP - March 11 (W); 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Animal Enrichment

One of the big challenges of the modern zoo is enriching an animal’s captive environment so its repertoire of natural behaviors is displayed. Find out how Zoo staff and volunteers use a myriad of methods to enhance the animals’ enclosures. These activities enrich the animals’ lives and provide exciting observational experiences for the visitor. We will start the program by learning the hows, whys, and whats of enrichment along with making enrichment items for some of our Zoo animals. We will visit the animals and watch them enjoy the enrichment items we made.

Limited to 20 participants
Fee: Zoo Members $32/General Public $37
A0411AE - April 11 (Sa); 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Point and Shoot Zootography

It doesn’t take thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment to get great pictures at the Zoo. Leave that digital SLR at home and bring your compact point and shoot camera and your vision for a day of classroom discussion and taking pictures all around the Zoo. Experienced Zoo volunteer photographers will give you hints on how to get the best picture and provide hands-on coaching at several exhibits at the Zoo. The class will take a break at noon for participants to get lunch on their own. After lunch, instructors will review class member photos and offer suggestions.

Limited to 12 participants per session
Fee: Zoo Members $30/ General Public $35
A0418ZT - April 18 (Sa); 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Adult Bird Safari

The Saint Louis Zoo is proud to be home to over 300 different kinds of birds from all around the world!  Join us as we learn more about these amazing animals and the work the Zoo is doing to save some of our endangered species in the wild.  We will have a brief snack and beverage reception followed by a tour led by one of the Bird Department managers.  Program participants meet in The Living World.

Limited to 20 participants
Fee: Zoo Members $40/General Public $45
A0428BS - April 28 (Tu); 5:30 - 7:30 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. Learn about amazing animal adaptations, the importance of biodiversity, and what the Saint Louis Zoo is doing to help these animals. Note: These programs do not include behind-the-scenes tours or opportunities to touch animals on exhibit while touring the Zoo.

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

Apes and Monkeys - Fragile Forest and Primate House Tour

A0207F1- February 7 (Sa); 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
A0207F2- February 7 (Sa); 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Powerful Predators - River’s Edge Tour

A0315R1- March 15 (Su); 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
A0315R2- March 15 (Su); 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Penguins - Penguin and Puffin Coast Tour

A0411P1- April 11 (Sa); 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
A0411P2- April 11 (Sa); 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

African Animals - Red Rocks Tour

A0425R1- April 25 (Sa); 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
A0425R2 - April 25 (Sa); 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Adult Only Under the Sea-lion
For Ages 18 and Up

Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel!  You will talk with Zoo staff about how we take care of our animal collection and then team up to solve a scavenger hunt. After a night hike we will end the night by laying out sleeping bags inside the tunnel.  You will awake under the sea and hopefully under a sea lion!  This overnight includes a catered dinner and continental breakfast.

Limited to 14 participants per session
Fee: Zoo Members $75/General Public $80
N0418US - April 18 (Sa-Su); 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su
N0522US - May 22 (F-Sa); 6:30 p.m. F - 8:30 a.m. Sa

Adult Turtle Safari
For Ages 18 and Up

Get dirty while getting hands-on telemetry experience!  Join a member of the Institute for Conservation Medicine team on a turtle trekking safari and learn about how the charismatic box turtle can provide insight into the health of our local ecosystem.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Limited to 30 participants
Fee: Zoo Members $40/General Public $45
A0424TS - April 24 (F); 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Zoo Reproductive Sciences
For Ages 18 and Up

Maintaining genetically healthy zoo animal populations, without producing more offspring than can be well-cared for, requires careful reproductive management.  At any given time, some animals are recommended to breed, while others are not.  Join members of the Zoo’s Research Department as they provide a closer look into the science that helps manage reproduction and enhance the welfare of animals at the Zoo.   We are fortunate to have staff members that specialize in animal behavior, endocrinology (hormones) and reproduction.  The Zoo’s Research Department also is home to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Wildlife Contraceptive Center, which provides advice to zoos across the country and around the world.  In this adult program you will enjoy a light snack and beverage reception with members of the research team before heading to the Endangered Species Research Center to learn about how we manage reproduction, tour our labs and get a chance to try your hand at some behavioral observations.

Limited to 20 participants
Fee:  Zoo Members $35/General Public $40
A0507ZR - May 7 (Th); 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Night Prowl: Conservation Success Stories
For Adults Ages 21 – Up

Come sip, taste and tour at the Saint Louis Zoo on this adult wine and cheese night prowl.  First you will enjoy a wine and cheese happy hour, and then you will embark on a twilight tour around the Zoo. Along the way you will see and hear about some of our Zoo animals with great successful conservation stories. What a wild way to spend happy hour!

Limited to 50 participants per session
Fee: Zoo Members $23/General Public $25
N0311WC - March 11 (W); 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
N0326WC - March 26 (Th); 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

N0409WC - April 9 (Th); 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
N0429WC - April 29 (W); 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
N0507WC – May 7 (Th); 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saint Louis Zoo Lectures

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