For participants ages 18 and up, unless otherwise specified.

  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19, additional restrictions will be required for attending all in-person programs. See the sections on Covid-19 Guidelines for In-Person Programs, the Covid-19 Policy and the Covid-19 Terms and Conditions found on the COVID-19 Information page. 


  •  Please note:  Additional programs may have sold out since our last website update.
  • The Saint Louis Zoo is proud to be home to over 300 different kinds of birds. Join us for a hot breakfast, followed by a 3/4 mile bird-watching stroll to see native birds as well as those passing through on fall migration. The stroll will also include stops at the Bird House and the Cypress Swamp Exhibit in the historic 1904 Flight Cage. Saint Louis Zoo traces its origins to the 1904 World’s Fair, when the Smithsonian Institution commissioned the Flight Cage for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Program starts at Lakeside Café.

    Limited to 20 participants.
    Fee: Zoo Members $32/General Public $36
    See the summer programs listing to register.

    I0924BB September 24 Sa 8:30-10 a.m.
  • For participants ages 18 and up 

    To help the Zoo save animals from extinction, you must unlock the secrets of the Zoo through a team building adventure! Race against time to complete your mission by solving a series of puzzles and finding clues hidden along the pathways. Use these clues to discover what the Zoo is all about! We have a new challenge this year and welcome any past participants. Build your team of up to 10 individuals ages 18 and up.

    Limited to 10 participants per TEAM
    Fees are PER TEAM. Maximum of two teams per session.
    Fee: Zoo Members $140/General Public $160
    See summer programs listings to register.

    A0808EZ August 8 M 6:30-8 p.m.
    A0913EZ September 13 Tu 5:30-7 p.m.
  • For participants ages 18 and up

    Did you know that spending time in nature is proven to have measurable benefits to your health? Come spend quality time discovering nature through gentle hikes, nature journaling, meditation, and more. Each participant will receive their own journal to capture their nature reflective experiences. Program participants meet at the WildCare Park.

    Limited to 15 participants per session.
    Fee: Zoo Members $32/General Public $36

    A1008H1 October 8 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    A1008H2 October 8 Sa 1-3 p.m.

The following programs require a separate booking process.  Click on titles below for more details.

  • Adults can schedule their own private group overnight on select evenings. Using the current themes, we will tailor the program to meet your needs. Fees listed per person.

    Polar Bear Plunge

    For adult groups with participants ages 18 and up. 

    Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside Polar Bear Point! You will talk with Zoo staff about how we help animals all over the world and then team up to solve a scavenger hunt. After a night hike, we will end the night by laying out sleeping bags inside the underwater viewing building. You will awake with a view of the polar bear pool and hopefully with a view of Kali! This overnight includes a catered dinner and continental breakfast. 

    Limited to 18 participants, 12 participant minimum

    Fee: $80 per participant

    To start your booking, please fill out the request form below. 

    Private Overnight Request Form - coming soon!

    For more information, please contact the Overnight Staff at


  • For adult groups with participants ages 18 and up. Fees listed are per group with an additional cost for extra participants.  

    Ever wonder what the Zoo is like after it closes? Gather some friends and join us for this amazing opportunity to explore the Zoo at night! A Zoo educator will be the guide for your group to learn more about the animals. Groups of over 12 participants are encouraged to split into two groups for a more personalized experience.

    Fee: $300 for your group of up to 9 friends. $30 per each additional participant up to a maximum of 20 family members or friends.

    Tour Length: 90 minutes.  

    To start your booking, please fill out the request form below. 

    Adult Night Hike Request Form

    For more information, please contact the Overnight Staff at

  • For families with participants ages 8 and up. Fees listed are per group.

    Make your Zoo visit even more memorable with a Safari Walking Tour! Tag along with our professional interpretive guides as they offer insight to the animal world with engaging stories, interesting facts and animal observations. All participants must wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines. See the Terms and Conditions Section under the registration information for more details. Please note: this tour does not include touching live animals or access to non-public areas. 

    Choose one of the following topics: 

    Back from the Brink Walking Safari

    Meet us for a walking safari tour through River’s Edge as we focus on the challenges and successes of breeding endangered species. 

    Here, There, and Everywhere: WildCare Walking Safari

    Join us as we explore why and how the Zoo is a world leader in saving endangered species through the work of our WildCare Institute. 

    Walk on the Wild Side Safari

    Join our guide as you trek through the wilderness, passing through Centene Grizzly Ridge, McDonnell Polar Bear Point and Donn & Marilyn Lipton Fragile Forest. Discover the simple things you can do to help save animals!

    Tour Length: 60 minutes
    Limited to 8 participants in the same family group, ages 8 and up. A minimum of one adult must accompany the group.
    Fee per family group: Zoo Members $60/General Public $65

    Please complete the inquiry form for program booking. Booking times available on select days, between 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Safari Walking Tour Request Form