All Education programs are canceled for the summer.
Summer program refund notifications have been sent out. Please call (314) 646-4544, option #6, with any refund questions. As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our Education Registrars are working limited hours. Your patience is greatly appreciated during this time.
The Zoo is NOW OPEN. Reservations are required to visit. Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines and make a reservation.
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.
Check out our virtual Conservation Learning opportunities for all ages. New content updated each week.
Join us for live webinars with Saint Louis Zoo Educators each week Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.
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!
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. Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines and make a reservation. Here you will get detailed information about reservations, safety requirements, what areas and attractions are open, food options and more. Please note: the school/group registration form is no longer required at this time.
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.