Have a Wild Night at the Saint Louis Zoo ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK!

School Wild Night programs allow teachers and their classes to have the entire Zoo to themselves - an exciting combination of adventure and learning. Students are guaranteed to learn and experience something unforgettable. Each Wild Nights program (listed above) has an option for an afterschool/twilight program or a full overnight experience. All programs include activities, and an evening hike around the Zoo. We offer an optional dinner snack and for full overnights we provide a continental breakfast and a souvenir.

School overnight programs are offered any evening September to May. School groups must be in at least 3rd grade to attend. Youth groups and Home school groups with children in grades 3 to 12 are welcome. We can accommodate special program requests as well as special education or gifted classes. Please specify any special requests when scheduling.

Confirmation packets will be sent to teachers after they sign up for an overnight. Information for students, parents, and teachers, including emergency contact information, release forms, and what to bring (and not to bring) is included in this packet.

For more information or to register, please contact the Overnight Programs Coordinator, at (314) 646-4614 or by e-mail at ebert@stlzoo.org.

Fees for Evening / Overnight Programs

After school/twilight programs

$450 for up to 30 participants, students or adults, and $15 for each additional participant. School staff members are free!

  • This program includes activities and an evening hike.
  • Groups may bring their own sack dinner or snack to this program.

$540 for up to 30 participants, students or adults, and $18 for each additional participant. School staff members are free!

  • This program includes activities, pizza dinner and an evening hike.
  • Pizza dinner includes 2 pieces of pizza and a drink

The maximum number of participants is 120.

Overnight programs

$960 for up to 30 participants, students or adults, and $32 for each additional participant. School staff members are free!

The maximum number of participants is 55.

Refunds for Wild Night Programs

A refund minus a $145 cancellation fee will be issued if you notify the Education Department at least two weeks prior to your overnight. There is no refund for groups that cancel with less than two weeks' notice.

Other Overnight Programs

The Saint Louis Zoo Education Department offers a wide variety of other overnight and evening opportunities. You might also be interested in Snooze at the Zoo - Scout Overnights.

Overnight and evening programs are unique, with activities that are theme-based and age appropriate. Each one includes a game, and night hike. Hikes are led by trained Zoo staff and may include the opportunity to go into an animal building after hours. Overnights also include an evening snack, a morning hike, and breakfast.