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.

  • It is our goal that children of all abilities play and learn together in our programs. The individual program will determine the level of support needed for participation. The unique public nature of the Zoo, student-to-teacher ratios and program activities may require that families provide a qualified aide to help with additional supports needed. To help determine the best program for your child and answer other questions please visit our Inclusion FAQ page. Our goal is that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential in our conservation education programs. Our programs are developmentally appropriate for the set age range listed. We realize that sometimes developmental level does not correlate to chronological age. If this is the case, you can reach out to us to determine the best placement for your child. To discuss any other inclusion questions please contact Laura Seger at seger@stlzoo.org.

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.

Summer 2022 Programs

Online Registration for Summer Programs now open.

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.  See below for group information. 

Discounts for Groups of 15 or More

Groups of 15 or more can purchase discounted tickets to attractions, Adventure Passes and meal vouchers through the Group Tickets office. To plan your group visit, please fill out the group tickets inquiry form, or call (314) 646-4781 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.

See more about Group Tickets

Group inquiry form

Rental Lockers

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

STLZOOms

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. 

STLZOOms

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.

Saint Louis Zoo Library

The Saint Louis Zoo Library supports the education, conservation and research programs of the Saint Louis Zoo. Members of the public may use our reference library by appointment only, Monday through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call (314) 646-4555 for an appointment.

Reference Service

Zoo Library staff may be able to assist with questions about animals. Inquiries may be sent to animalquestions@stlzoo.org.