The Saint Louis Zoo can provide a wide variety of content-rich offerings in life science and conservation, as well as in science teaching methods, to help you effectively meet the needs of your students. Customized professional development programs are available to teachers, districts and schools throughout the St. Louis area. Designed to address your district's science curriculum and Missouri Grade and Course Level Expectations, these programs include topics such as living systems, ecology, conservation, and scientific inquiry.
Using the Zoo as an Educational Resource is a free program for teachers that can help you maximize your visit to the Zoo and inform you of the many materials available on line and through the Teacher Resource Center.
Science Seminars and Conservation Conversations are free evening offerings presented by local scientists and Zoo staff from October through April in The Living World. This series of topical offerings are open to all interested adults and high school students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to your visit. If you have a group of 15 or more, ask about special discounts on food and attractions.
Bringing your own lunch?
Students may bring sack lunches to the Zoo. However, we cannot store lunches. Please be prepared to carry lunches in backpacks or store them in your vehicles. Storage lockers are available at the south entrance of the Zoo for your convenience. The price for a storage locker ranges from $8 - $10. You are welcome to enjoy your lunch at any of our outdoor tables or benches, except those on the terrace at the Cafe Kudu and at Lakeside Cafe. See Picnic Map for places to enjoy your lunch.
Book a Zoo Class
Looking for a new classroom adventure that may include live animals? Your students will never forget taking a class at the Zoo. Classes are available for students of all ages, and you can pick a class theme based on your academic interests. Learn more.
Field Trip Fridays
Check out Field Trip Fridays, where you can reserve a private discovery room session in the Wild Wonder Outpost at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. each Friday. These field trips are targeted for students in pre-K to third grade. Limit 45 students and teachers per session; please provide a 1:4 ratio of adults to children. To book a field trip, please contact the Group Sales office at (314) 646-4718 or email@example.com at least two weeks in advance.
Field Trip Exploration Guides
Download a field trip exploration guide, a scavenger hunt that highlights animal habitats at the Zoo and prompts active student discussion during your visit. Learn more.
Zoo Loan Materials
It's easy for teachers and homeschoolers to reserve Zoocases and other Zoo loan materials. Just call the Library and Teacher Resource Center any weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (314) 646-4555.