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 $15/General Public $20

CodeDateDayTime 
A516SV May 16 Sa 6:30-8 p.m.  
A627SV June 27 Sa 7:30-9 p.m.  
A712SV July 12 Su 7:30-9 p.m.  
A912SV Sep 12 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 
A627AE June 27 Sa 9:30 a.m.-12 noon  

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 the Zoo.  The stroll will include a discussion of the exhibits and birds we may see while touring the Bird House and the Cypress Swamp exhibit in the historic 1904 Flight Cage.  The Zoo traces its origin to the 1904 World’s Fair, when the Smithsonian Institute commissioned the Flight Cage for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.  A few years after its purchase, the Flight Cage served as the impetus for St. Louis to develop a full-fledged Zoo.  Program starts at Lakeside Café. 

Limited to 20 participants per session.

Instructor: Zoo Interpreters

Fee: Zoo Members $15/General Public $20

CodeDateDayTime 
A509BB May 9 Sa 8:30-10 a.m.  

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.

DateDayTime 
June 16 Tu 6-9:30 p.m.  

 

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

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 
A712PD July 12 Su 3:50-5:30 p.m.
(evening program)
 

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 
A711SR July 11 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.  
A815SR Aug 15 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.  

Wine and Cheese Night Prowl: Around the World

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, where you will see animals from almost every continent on Earth. What a wild way to spend happy hour!

Limited to 50 participants per session.

Instructor: Zoo Instructor

Fee: Zoo Members $23/General Public $25

CodeDateDayTime 
N909WC Sep 9 W 6:30-8:30 p.m.  
N924WC Sep 24 Th 6:30-8:30 p.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.

Primate Safari

Come visit the Zoo's primate collection. We will have a swinging good time at the Primate House as we 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 
A608PS June 8 M 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 
A613FF June 13 Sa 3:50-5:30 p.m.  

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 
A623CS June 23 Tu 6:20-8 p.m.  

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 zebras, giraffes, gazelles 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 
A707HS July 7 Tu 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 ongoing 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 
A709HE July 9 Th 6:20-8 p.m.  

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 
A713RE July 13 M 6:20-8 p.m.  

Adult Overnight Programs

These overnight programs are for adults ages 18 and up. The fees for these programs are per registered participant. All participating members must be registered.

Summer overnights offer a unique opportunity for participants to sleep under the sea (lions). All overnights include a catered dinner, competitive scavenger hunt with prizes, guided night hike around Zoo grounds, and continental breakfast.

Under the Sea-lion (New!)

For adults ages 18 and up ONLY          

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! 

Limited to 14 participants per session.

Instructors:  Zoo Staff

Fee: Zoo Members $75/General Public $80

CodeDateDay/Time 
N620US June 20 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N808US Aug 8 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N926US Sep 26 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  

Private Adult Overnights

Do you have an organized group of adults who would like to book their own overnight program?  Private Overnights can be scheduled for groups of adults (18 and over) with a minimum of 10 adults at $80 per participant.  Please contact Bridget Ebert, Overnight Programs Coordinator, at (314) 646-4614 or ebert@stlzoo.org for more information.