Snooze at the Zoo
Webelos: 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: Webelos 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-1010WB Oct. 10, 2014 6:30 p.m. Fr-8:30 a.m. Sa CLOSED CLOSED
EO-1108WB Nov. 8, 2014 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
EO-0130WB Jan. 30, 2015 6:30 p.m. Fr-8:30 a.m. Sa CLOSED CLOSED
EO-0307WB Mar. 7, 2015 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su Feb. 13, 2015 Feb. 20, 2015
EO-0404WB Apr. 4, 2015 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su Mar. 13, 2015 Mar. 20, 2015
EO-0424WB Apr. 24, 2015 6:30 p.m. Fr-8:30 a.m. Sa Apr. 3, 2015 Apr. 10, 2015

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.

Webelos After School Badge Program

Do you want an exciting after school activity for your Scouts? Come to the Zoo for an after school badge program. The program includes a live animal presentation as well as other fun activities that are designed to meet all the criteria for your badge. Scouts completing the activities will receive their badge at the Zoo.

Naturalist Merit Badge (New!)
Come explore the wonders of nature and how it works through this interactive merit badge class. Learn about native creatures from Missouri and Illinois, and meet a few as well!

Who registers: Webelos packs or dens (max. 25 scouts and adults)
Times: Classes are offered on Weekdays from September to May
Fee: 60 minute program is $100
For registration information, please call (314) 646-4544, #6.


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.