In-Person Programs

All in-person programs will adhere to the following guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff and all participants:   

  • Reduced number of participants per program session. 
  • All participants must adhere to mask wearing protocols and practice social distancing during the entire program.  
  • 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. 
  • Unregistered participants cannot be accommodated.

Youth attend these programs accompanied by a registered parent or adult.  The fees for these programs are per registered participant.   

 

  • For youth entering 2nd - 8th grades, accompanied by a parent or adult  

    Join the Saint Louis Zoo’s team of keepers by participating in A Day with the Rays!  In your first year as an aquatics keeper for the day, we will give you an official name tag and T-shirt to take home.  Jump right in with preparing diets and help maintain the exhibit to keep it looking nice and the animals healthy.  As the new expert, you will help visitors learn about our exhibit, how to touch and feed the stingrays, and touch the sharks.  Please wear a T-shirt, khaki or jean shorts, and old closed-toed shoes.  Bring a bottle of water and a camera.  A Saint Louis Zoo snack will be provided.  Get wet, smell like fish and have a ton of fun with A Day with the Rays!      

    Note: We do not recommend this program for children with shellfish allergies.  Please mention any latex allergies when registering. To provide a safe environment during Covid-19, each participant must be accompanied by a registered adult.   

    Limited to one youth participant accompanied by a registered parent or adult per session 
    Fees are for both attending youth participant and registered adult 
    Fee: Zoo Members $125/General Public $135  
      

    Code:  April 24 - May 23  
    Saturday and Sunday Only
    AM Session 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    PM Session 12:30 - 4 p.m.    

    Code:  May 29 - June 30
    Daily
    AM Session 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    (except June 5, 11, 19, 25)    

    Code:  July 1 - Aug 22  
    Daily
    PM Session 12:30 - 4 p.m. 
    (except July 9, 11, 23, 25, 31; Aug 8)    

    Code:  Aug 28- Sept 26
    Saturday and Sunday Only
    AM session 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

  • For youth entering 2nd - 8th grades, who have attended A Day with the Rays, accompanied by a parent or adult

    Dive deeper into the science and career of an aquatics keeper.  In this second year you will continue building your knowledge by participating in animal husbandry duties.  Once the daily tasks are accomplished, you will explore fish and cephalopod biology, perform advanced marine water quality monitoring, and, of course, have some time for fun and games.  It’s time to show off all that you learned from last time as well as pick up a few new tricks along the way. Please wear a T-shirt (your DWR shirt is a great choice), khaki or jean shorts, and old closed-toed shoes.  Bring a bottle of water and a camera.  A Saint Louis Zoo snack will be provided.  Get wet, smell like fish and have even more fishy fun with Advanced Day with the Rays!  Participants must have attended A Day with the Rays.     

    Note: We do not recommend this program for children with shellfish allergies.  Please mention any latex allergies when registering.

    Limited to one youth participant accompanied by a registered parent or adult per session  
    Fees are for both attending youth participant and registered adult 
    Fee: Zoo Members $125/General Public $135  
      

    Code:  May 29 - June 30  
    Daily
    PM Session 12:30 - 4 p.m.
    (except June 5, 11, 19, 25)

    Code:  July 1 - Aug 22  
    Daily
    AM Session 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
    (except July 9, 11, 23, 25, 31; Aug 8)

    Code:  Aug 28 - Sept 26  
    Saturday and Sunday Only
    PM Session 12:30 - 4 p.m.  

     

  • For youth entering 2nd - 8th grades, accompanied by a registered parent or adult.  

    Welcome to DinoROARus!  Spend a day in the life of a paleontologist, learning all about dinosaurs, past and present.  Study how fossils are created, do some digging yourself, and investigate how scientists use fossil clues to unravel the mysteries of prehistory.  Puzzle together some dinosaur bones and see what they tell us about diets and lifestyles. Please wear a T-shirt, khaki or jean shorts and old closed-toed shoes.  Bring a bottle of water and a camera.   A Saint Louis Zoo snack will be provided.  Get ready for a dino-mite adventure!  

    Limited to one youth participant accompanied by a registered parent or adult per session 
    Fees are for both attending youth participant and registered adult 
    Fee: Zoo Members $125/General Public $135  
     

    Code:  May 29 - Aug 22  
    Daily 
    AM Session 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Code:  Aug 22 - Oct 10  
    Saturday and Sunday Only
    AM session 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.