Snooze at the Zoo
Tiger, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts: Backbone Bonanza

Have you ever wondered why animal scientist split up the classes of animals the way they do? Why do mammals have fur, but fish have scales? Do their skeletons all look the same? Come to Snooze at the Zoo and discover the answers to these questions plus sleep at the Zoo! Cub Scouts will discover the unique characteristics of animals from the major groups of vertebrates (animals with backbones): fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Overnight evening activities will includes rotations through exciting activities, an evening pizza snack (with a soft drink), and a night hike around Zoo grounds, which includes a flashlight tour of the Herpetarium. The morning portion of the overnight adventure includes a continental breakfast, a morning stroll around Zoo grounds to see the animals wake-up, a souvenir Zoo patch and glow-in-the-dark overnight cup!

Who attends: Cub Scout packs or dens with adult chaperones.
Fee: $35/person
Maximum: 60 participants.

To register, please complete a Snooze Registration Packet.

CodeDateDay/TimePymt by Check
Pymt by Credit Card
EO-1121CS Nov. 21, 2014 6:30 p.m. Fr-8:30 a.m. Sa CLOSED CLOSED
EO-0320CS Mar. 20, 2015 6:30 p.m. Fr-8:30 a.m. Sa Feb. 27, 2015 Mar. 6, 2015

Cub Scout (Tiger, Wolf and Bear) - Evening Program
Wildlife Academics Pin

During this evening program, scouts will work on their Wildlife Academic Pin and enjoy seeing the Zoo grounds at night. Scouts will learn about animals that live in their own back yard to animals that live around the world. During this program scouts will:

  • See and touch animals pelt while learning about camouflage.
  • Learn how to bring wildlife into your backyard by creating a birdfeeder.
  • Learn how to identify some common animal tracks and make a plaster cast of your favorite track to take home.
  • Learn about reptiles and amphibians by completing a flashlight scavenger hunt.

In order to complete your pin you will need to observe your birdfeeder at home for one week. When all activities are complete you may show your booklet to your cub master to receive your patch or pin.

Who attends: Tiger, Wolf and Bear packs or dens with adult chaperones.
Fee: $15/scout; adults free
Maximum: 45 scouts (no siblings and maximum one free adult per scout)

To register, please complete a Scout Registration Packet.

CodeDateDay/TimePymt by Check
Pymt by Credit Card
N1013WA Oct. 13, 2014 Mon.; 6 - 8:30 p.m. CLOSED CLOSED
N1111WA Nov. 11, 2014 Tue.; 6 - 8:30 p.m. CLOSED CLOSED
N0312WA Mar. 12, 2015 Thu.; 6 - 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2015 Feb. 26, 2015
N0414WA Apr. 14, 2015 Tue.; 6 - 8:30 p.m. Mar. 24, 2015 Mar. 31, 2015

Dates not working with your schedule? We may be able to schedule a Wildlife Academic Pin program just for your pack or den. Fees are $15 per scout with a minimum fee of $225. Please call (314) 646-4614 for additional information.

Private Under the Sea-lion Overnights

For families and organized groups with participants ages 5 and up

Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel! We will explore some of our marine and freshwater life at the Zoo by visiting Chain of Lakes and the Herpetarium. 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!

Fee: $60 per person (minimum of 12 people)

Limited to 16 to 18 people in the sea lion tunnel. Maximum of 24 people (some will sleep in the cave area or by the sea lion windows).

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Please contact Bridget Ebert, Overnight Programs Coordinator or other overnight staff at (314) 646-4614 or for more information.

Do You Have a Mixed Age Group of Scouts?

If you have a scout troop/pack/den that has multiple age levels and our Snooze at the Zoo programs do not match your needs, you can schedule your own private scout overnight. When you schedule your own overnight we use the themes which we are currently offering but tailor them to match your needs. These overnights cost $40 per person and we require a minimum of 30 participants (this total includes scouts and adults) and a maximum of 60 participants.

Please contact Bridget Ebert, Overnight Programs Coordinator at (314) 646-4614 or for more information.


The Zoo's Education Department offers tours seven days a week from September through May, unless otherwise noted. Tours are offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

See Educational Tours for details and registration information.


Magnificent Missouri Wildlife

This 45-minute program explores Missouri wildlife through classroom presentation and contact with live animals. Classes available year round. Click on link above for more details.