• 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. 

Note: Youth attend these programs on their own or with an accompanied parent or other adult. The fees for these programs are per registered participant. All participants must be registered.

Registration

  • For participants ages 8 to adult 

    Come aboard and learn to be a Zooline Railroad engineer! Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a part of one of the top attractions at the Saint Louis Zoo.  Participants will: 

    • Tour the Zooline Railroad maintenance shed
    • Help an engineer with daily morning activities
    • Participate in daily train safety checks with an engineer
    • Ride with an engineer on the locomotive, blowing the whistle and ringing the bell
    • Tear tickets at the railroad stations, and help passengers board the train
    • Help announce a narrated tour on the train (optional)

    Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  To look the part, you will receive a name tag, Zoo bandana, engineer cap, and reusable mask.  You will also enjoy a complimentary lunch with a Zooline Railroad engineer. Four complimentary train tickets will be issued so your accompanying family members can join in on the fun.  You will also take home a special certificate, suitable for framing, as a reminder of your day on the Saint Louis Zoo’s railroad! 

    Limited to one participant per day
    Fee: Zoo Members $125/General Public $135

    Please note: This is a one-day program.

    DatesDaysTime  
    April 1-Sept .30
    (except May 28-30; June 17; Sept. 3-5)
    Daily 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  

    Participants will be registered for only one date. 

    Please Note: If you are a past participant and would like to use your coupon certificate, you must contact the Education Department for special registration instructions.  Coupons cannot be redeemed through online registration. 

  • For youth entering 2nd - 8th grades. A parent or adult can register to accompany the participant. Fees are per registrant.

    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 guests 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-toe shoes. Bring a bottle of water and a camera. A Saint Louis Zoo snack and lunch 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 participants with shellfish allergies.  Please mention any latex allergies when registering. 

     

    *All dates sold out.

     

    For this program, you will need to choose an AM (morning session) or PM (afternoon session).

    Limited to two participants per session. Fees are per registrant. 
    Fee: Zoo Members $125/General Public $135  

    Please note:  This is a one-day program. 

  • For youth entering 2nd - 8th grades who have attended A Day with the Rays. A parent or adult can register to accompany the participant. Fees are per registrant.

    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 Day with the Rays shirt is a great choice), khaki or jean shorts, and old closed-toe shoes. Bring a bottle of water and a camera. A Saint Louis Zoo snack and lunch 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 participants with shellfish allergies.  Please mention any latex allergies when registering.

     

    *All dates sold out.

     

    For this program, you will need to choose an AM (morning session) or PM (afternoon session).

    Limited to two participants per session. Fees are per registrant.  
    Fee: Zoo Members $125/General Public $135  
      

    Please note: This is a one-day program.

     

  • For youth entering 2nd - 8th grades. A parent or adult can register to accompany the participant. Fees are per registrant.

    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-toe shoes. Bring a bottle of water and a camera. A Saint Louis Zoo snack will be provided. Get ready for a dino-mite adventure!

     

    *All dates sold out.

     

    Limited to two participants per session. Fees are per registrant.  
    Fee: Zoo Members $125/General Public $135   

    Please note: This is a one-day program.