• 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. 


Parents and children attend these programs together. One parent/adult must attend with the child(ren). Fees are per person. Unregistered children (siblings and infants) may not attend the programs.

  • For families with children ages 5 and up. No exceptions will be made. 

    Would you like to try field biology, use scientific tools, and contribute to an ongoing conservation research project? If so, join us to learn about how the Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Medicine (ICM) is working locally with box turtles to study their long-term movement and health by comparing ‘city’ versus ‘country’ turtles. The program includes an introductory classroom portion on Zoo grounds, then we will divide into small groups to go into Forest Park and, using radio telemetry equipment, find a box turtle in our study and record observational data for this project. 

    Please note: families must provide their own transportation around Forest Park to the study site. Everyone must wear appropriate clothing (long-pants) and close-toed walking shoes.

    Limited to 24 participants
    Fees listed are per person
    Fee: Zoo Members $13/General Public $17

    H0909TT September 9 F 1-3:30 p.m.



  • For families with children ages 7 and up. No exceptions will be made. 

    Do you love getting surprise packages or new toys? Animals do too, and it’s healthy for them! At the Zoo we call it enrichment. Enrichment helps animals move around, use their senses, and keep their brain busy! In our hands-on program, participants will learn what enrichment is, why the Zoo uses it, and how enrichment is made. Families will have the opportunity to brainstorm and create their own small animal enrichment design! Let’s get creative!

    Limited to 24 participants
    Fees listed are per person.
    Fee: Zoo Members $9/General Public $13

    H1007AE October 7 F 1-3:30 p.m.


The following programs require a separate registration process.  Click below for more details.

  • The Education Department is pleased to offer FREE webinars, supported by The Boeing Company, each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Central Time, Labor Day through Memorial Day. These presentations are targeted for teachers and students, but anyone is welcome to join (individuals, homeschool families, scout groups, etc.).

    Please visit STLZOOMs for topics and descriptions, which will include an ideal grade range as well. Each presentation will last 20-30 minutes and online attendance is limited to 1000. Free registration is required.