Note: students entering grades 9 and up may also register for adult programs.

A Sunset View - Past and Future

Enjoy a cool evening tour of the Zoo exploring the history that has made us an internationally famous institution. We’ll also visit several exhibits and discuss the future transformations that will keep us the talk of the Zoological world! Finish with snacks and beverages on the deck while watching the sunset over the lake by Caribbean Cove.

Limited to 25 participants per session.

Instructors: Zoo Interpreters

Fee: Zoo Members $20 / General Public $25

CodeDateDayTime
A607SV June 7 Sa 7:30-9 p.m.  
A628SV June 28 Sa 7:30-9 p.m.  
A913SV Sep 13 Sa 6-7:30 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. Come and 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.

Instructor: Zoo Staff

Fee: Zoo Members $32 / General Public $37

CodeDateDayTime
A628AE June 28 Sa 9:30 a.m.-12 noon  

Powerful Predator Impact

Though they deal out death, predators play an important part in nature. Come learn about the unique hunting adaptations of predators and how they impact their ecosystem. This program will include a classroom presentation, an opportunity to meet some of our smaller predators up close, and a tour of the carnivores in the River’s Edge. Program participants meet in The Living World.

Limited to 20 participants.

Instructor: Zoo Instructor

Fee: Zoo Members $24 / General Public $29

CodeDateDayTime
A713PD July 13 Su 3:50-5:30 p.m.
(evening program)
 

Pollinator Dinner

Join us for a special Pollinator Dinner where you can sample the many foods pollinators help provide. Before dinner, make a bee block to take home to help native bees and enjoy a honey tasting as you peruse tables and displays about bees and other pollinators. After dinner, sip Mead and enjoy a presentation about pollinators and what you can do to help them as we celebrate National Pollinator Week.

Tuesday, June 17; 6 - 9:30 p.m.

Call (314) 646-4897 for registration information and pricing.

Producing More with Pollinators

Join Ed Spevak, Curator of Invertebrates and Director for the Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation, and the staff of Gateway Greening, a local organization focusing on food-producing urban gardens, to learn about native pollinators and how they can positively impact the harvests from your garden. This class will use specimens and handouts to learn how to identify pollinators in the field, cover the basics of pollination in the garden, and talk about ways that you can increase pollinator activity in your garden or backyard with strategic plantings and shelters. Participants will walk away from the class with seeds, plants, a solitary bee house, and handouts that will prepare them to garden more effectively alongside beneficial native pollinators. Participants will meet at Gateway Greening's Carriage House.

Limited to 20 participants.

Fee: Zoo Members $15/General Public $20

CodeDateDayTime
A0621PP June 21 Sa 9-11:30 a.m.  

Location: 3815 Bell Ave. St. Louis, MO 63108 (Approx. 1/3 of the class will be outside)

Stingray Keeper Chat and Breakfast

Join us behind the scenes at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove! You will have an opportunity to walk through the support tent with a keeper who will discuss the incredible equipment and marine expertise required to take care of our amazing marine animals. You will learn about our Stingrays and Sharks. We will show you how to touch the Sharks and you can feed the Stingrays yourself. This program will end with a Stingray keeper discussion during a tasty breakfast provided at Lakeside Café.

Limited to 30 participants per session.

Instructor: Zoo Interpreters

Fee: Zoo Members $20 / General Public $25

CodeDateDayTime
A712SR July 12 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.  
A816SR Aug 16 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.  

Adult Safaris

These after-hours programs allow a more intimate chance to meet both the animals and the curatorial staff who care for them. Program participants meet in the Living World.

River's Edge Safari

Join the keepers on safari and visit some of the residents of River’s Edge. We will see anteaters, bush dogs, capybara, hyena, and the cheetahs. Learn what it takes to be a keeper and care for these charismatic creatures. Program participants meet in The Living World.

Limited to 20 participants.

Instructor: River's Edge / Carnivore Zookeeper

Fee: Zoo Members $30 / General Public $35

CodeDateDayTime
A528RE May 28 W 6:20-8 p.m.  

Fragile Forest Safari

Come on a tour of Fragile Forest to see our dynamic apes. As you learn about these fascinating primates, you will hear about the joys and challenges of working with some of the Zoo’s most intelligent and most endangered species. Program participants meet in The Living World.

Limited to 20 participants.

Instructor: Primate Zookeeper

Fee: Zoo Members $30 / General Public $35

CodeDateDayTime
A607FF June 7 Sa 3:50-5:30 p.m.  

Primate Safari

Come visit the Zoo's primate collection. We will have a swinging good time at the Primate House as learn about the ever changing social dynamics and behavior of primates as well as the Zoo's conservation efforts. Program participants meet in The Living World.

Limited to 20 participants.

Instructor: Primate Zookeeper

Fee: Zoo Members $30 / General Public $35

CodeDateDayTime
A609PS June 9 M 6:20-8 p.m. SOLD OUT

Carnivore Safari

Come and explore the Zoo after hours as we visit long-time favorite areas – the Bear Pits, Sea Lion Sound and Big Cat Country. On this informative tour, you will learn how nature rules with fangs and claws. Program participants meet in The Living World.

Limited to 20 participants.

Instructors: Animal Division Management Staff-Carnivores

Fee: Zoo Members $30 / General Public $35

CodeDateDayTime
A624CS June 24 Tu 6:20-8 p.m. SOLD OUT

Hoofed Stock Safari

Do you know which hoofed mammal serves as the Zoo’s symbol? Come explore the Zoo after hours for a personal tour of the Zoo’s hoofed stock collection. See giraffes, gazelles, gerenuks and more while learning about the challenges of taking care of these diverse mammals. Program participants meet in The Living World.

Limited to 20 participants.

Instructor: Antelope Keeper

Fee: Zoo Members $30 / General Public $35

CodeDateDayTime
A708HS July 8 Tu 6:20-8 p.m. SOLD OUT

Bird Safari

The Saint Louis Zoo is proud to be home to over 300 different kinds of birds. Join us for this personal tour of the Zoo’s beautiful collections of feathered friends. We will visit the residents at Penguin and Puffin Coast as well as the legendary flamingos. Don’t forget to bring a jacket! Program participants meet in The Living World.

Limited to 20 participants.

Instructor: Animal Division Management Staff-Birds

Fee: Zoo Members $30 / General Public $35

CodeDateDayTime
A709BS July 9 W 6:20-8 p.m.  

Herp Safari

Join us for a behind-the-scenes evening tour of the Herpetarium. See how the exhibits and animal collection have changed as larger exhibits have allowed us to re-create habitats with mixed species. Insights about on going research and new projects will round out the tour. Program participants meet in The Living World.

Limited to 20 participants.

Instructors: Animal Division Management Staff-Reptiles/Aquatics

Fee: Zoo Members $30 / General Public $35

CodeDateDayTime
A717HE July 17 Th 6:20-8 p.m.