Saint Louis Zoo Education

The Saint Louis Zoo's educational services are an integral part of the institution's commitment to conservation. Since the 1960s, the Zoo has offered engaging programs, exhibits and materials that educate our community about wildlife, help visitors feel more connected to animals, and motivate them to take action to preserve the natural world.

Tens of thousands of school children and adults attend our classroom presentations, Zoo tours, overnights, and outreach programs each school year. Summer and weekend programs for all ages bring the excitement of learning about wildlife to St. Louis area residents. Loan materials like hands-on kits, videos and activity books -- available through our Library and Teacher Resource Center -- help area educators integrate conservation education into their classroom curriculum. Teacher workshops provide training in science and conservation education, and in a variety of zoological topics, as well as information on how to use the Zoo as an educational resource.

Zoo visitors will find opportunities to learn in every corner of the campus, from educational signs and interactives, to encounters with theatrical interpreters. And of course, just watching our animals is an educational experience unto itself.

Attention Teachers and Group Leaders!

Schools and groups are now required to register before visiting the Zoo. Please take a moment to let us know when you are coming, by completing the school/group registration form. When you arrive at the Zoo, please check in at one of the Welcome Desks located at both Zoo entrances. Whether you are scheduled for an educational program or tour, or just planning to tour the Zoo on your own, completing this information provides us with the necessary information to better serve your group, particularly in the event of an emergency. Please call the Education Department at (314) 646-4544 for more information about registering your group.

Please note: the school / group registration form is required only for group tracking purposes. To order group tickets and meals, please contact the Group Sales office at (314) 646-4718 or at least two weeks prior to your visit.

Respect the Animals

We want your Zoo visit to be a valuable learning experience for your students. One thing we hope visitors learn is respect for our Zoo animals, and for all wildlife. When you're on Zoo grounds, please help us keep our animals safe and our grounds beautiful. Do not allow students to throw food or other items into the animal exhibits, or try to touch the animals. Please respect our flowers and plants by not picking or collecting them. While touring the grounds, be mindful and courteous of other visitors around you. Thanks for your cooperation.

Animal Information Hotline

There's one fun service of the Education Department that you can access from home: our Animal Information Hotline.

Do you have a question about an animal? Are you doing research on an animal species for school? Want to know what type of snake you saw in your yard? How to control animal pests? Check out our frequently asked questions and Homework Helper pages for more information.

Whatever your animal question, you can call the Saint Louis Zoo’s Animal Information Hotline for personalized answers: (314) 646-4549. We take calls Monday through Friday. If we don't answer, leave a message and we’ll get back to you soon!

On Becoming a Zookeeper

If you're seriously interested in knowing what it takes to be a zookeeper, it's never too early to start preparing. Visit So You Want to be a Zookeeper? to find out how to prepare for a career in zoos, aquaria, and other wildlife organizations.