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.

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.

We are excited to welcome you back to the Saint Louis Zoo! The safety of our guests, staff and animals is our highest priority, which is why we have made some changes in our operations to provide you with a safe and memorable experience. Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines.

Group Visits to the Zoo

Important info for Teachers and Group Leaders

The Zoo is OPEN. As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of guests, staff and animals, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures.  All guests are required to make a free-timed reservation to visit. See below for group information and reservation link. 

Groups of 15 or More — Advance Reservations and Discounts

Groups of 15 or more can make advance reservations when they purchase discounted tickets to attractions, Adventure Passes and meal vouchers through the Group Tickets office. Call (314) 646-4781 or email between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (CDT), Monday through Friday. Full payment for your selected items is due two (2) weeks prior to your event date to ensure entry reservation availability. Your entry reservation will not be confirmed until full payment is received. 

Purchase Group Tickets

Rental lockers are available for the storage of lunches or any other items during your group visit. If you do not want to rent a locker, we suggest bringing a wagon to carry your items with you or leaving your items on the bus. The Zoo does not hold personal items and is not responsible for any items left unattended. Unattended items are left at your own risk and may be removed by Zoo Security.

Virtual Learning

Please visit our virtual conservation learning page for digital resources and virtual programs.

Conservation Learning


weekly STLZOOMs for school audiences (the ideal grade range will vary from week to week). Each presentation will last 20 to 30 minutes and are free. Registration is required. 


Attention Groups

We can provide interactive educational programs with a Zoo educator via Zoom.  Visit Distance Learning  for information about program titles and descriptions, program fees, and to access a program request form.  All program must be booked four weeks in advance.  NOTE: At this time, we cannot guarantee that live animals will be part of any program.

Distance Learning

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.