The programs listed here are options for community groups, including libraries, scout groups, and camps.  The ideal age for each program is listed with the program title.  Each program offers educational content, live animal interactions, and may include various objects from the animal world.


Animal Tales

Program length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: families with children ages 2 to 8 years
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

This read-aloud program is fun for all ages. We'll read three stories with animal characters in them. Then you will meet the live versions and learn about these fascinating animals.

Stirring After Sunset

Program length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: families with children ages 5 to 10 years
Audience size: minimum 10, maximum 30

As the sun sets some animals begin to wake. In this interactive program we will listen to night animal calls, touch biofacts, hear a story, learn which animals are nocturnal and diurnal, and get up close to live nocturnal animals as we immerse ourselves in nature at night.

Are You Smarter Than a Zookeeper?

Program length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: families with children ages 6 to 10 years
Audience size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Can you tell a monkey from an ape? Can an opossum hang by its tail? Do zookeepers go in with the tigers to feed them? Test your knowledge in this program to see if you are as smart as a zookeeper!

Neighborhood Naturalist

Program Length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: families with children ages 6 to 10 years
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Zoos are great places to learn about animals from around the world. But what kind of wilderness can you explore in a nearby park or even your own back yard? Make a nature journal, meet animals that make their home in Missouri and Illinois, and practice using your observation skills to discover the wonderful biodiversity in your own community.

Animal Champions

Program Length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: families with children ages 6 to 10 years
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Can you run as fast as a cheetah or leap like a lemur? Test your knowledge as we learn how adaptations help us and animals! We will also meet some live animal champions.

Artistic Animals

Program Length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: families with children ages 6 to 10 years
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Elephants who paint? Frogs that sing? Animals can be very artistic in their own way. Learn about the ways that animals display their artistic talents. Meet live animals and make some animal-themed crafts to take home.

The Dirt on Dirt

Program Length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: families with children ages 7 to 10 years
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Dr. Worm, expert vermicomposter, will come and show you the dynamic world of decomposers. Find out how dirt made your lunch, investigate a worm’s habitat, and even meet a few new wiggly friends. Learn why worms are important and how they help eat our garbage.

Zoo Careers

Program Length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: families with children ages 8 to 11 years
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Have you ever thought about working at the Zoo? What would that be like? Students will find out which skills and educational requirements are necessary for someone to work at the Zoo.

Zoobusters

Program Length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: families with children ages 8 to 11 years
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Can you get warts from a toad? How do snakes smell their prey? In this program, we’ll examine some common misconceptions that people may have about animals and - with the help of some live animal guests - bust those misunderstandings!


Information, Pricing and Scheduling

Each community outreach program lasts 45 minutes. We can provide a one-time program for you. Or many of our current clients have us deliver programs on a monthly, bimonthly or quarterly basis.

Please see Outreach Programs for information on pricing, requesting a program and frequently asked questions.

For more information, please contact the Education Department at (314) 646-4544, option #6, or e-mail outreachrequests@stlzoo.org.