Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

  • Please note:  Additional programs may have sold out since our last website update.
  • IMPORTANT:  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 Program Registration page.

For Families with Children Ages 5 and Up

  • This program offers a unique experience for your family to join in on a conservation research project. You will meet a field biologist and assist them with radio tracking wild box turtles living in Forest Park. Your family will learn how to use a radio antenna to locate the turtle, assist in conducting an observational health exam and record other data needed for this study. Close-toed shoes and long pants are required. Participants meet at a designated area in Forest Park. 

    Program length is 90 minutes and offered May through October
    Limited to 8 participants in the same family group, ages 5 and up. A minimum of one adult must accompany the group.
    Fee per family group: Zoo Members $100/General Public $120

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

    Inquiry Form

  • For families and organized groups with participants ages 5 and up. Fees listed are per group with an additional cost for extra participants.  

    Ever wonder what the Zoo is like after dark? Gather some family and friends and join us for this amazing opportunity to explore the Zoo at night! A Zoo educator will be the guide for your family 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 family members or friends, a registered adult must accompany the group. $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. 

    Request Form

    Please contact the Overnight Staff at overnights@stlzoo.org or call (314) 568-1633 for more information.

For Families with Children Ages 8 and Up

  • 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 $80/General Public $90

    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