Explore the world of science through animals and nature.  Programs include guided tours of select animal areas, as well as hands-on classes with live animals, biofacts, and observation/investigation activities to help meet your child’s science needs.  Programs are held on select Mondays and Fridays each month.  Classes meet in the lower level of The Living World.

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


  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wild Wonders Series

    Explore the Saint Louis Zoo Preschool classroom, and get a taste of what it’s like to go to school at the Zoo! Early childhood educators will share stories, songs and activities on each month’s theme. There will also be plenty of time to discover the Build-a-Habitat center, Animal Care Corner and more.

    Limited to 12 participants per session
    Fee: Free for children ages 0-23 months
    Fee: Zoo Members $17/General Public $19 for children ages 2-5

    Zany Zebras & Wild Asses 

    C1130Z1 - November 30 (F); 9-10 a.m.
    C1130Z2 - November 30 (F); 1-2 p.m.

    Antelope, Giraffes and Camels, Oh My!

    C0118A1 - January 18 (F); 9-10 a.m.
    C0118A2 - January 18 (F); 1-2 p.m.

    Terrific Turtles and Tortoises

    C0215T1 - February 15 (F); 9-10 a.m.
    C0215T2 - February 15 (F); 1-2 p.m.

    Our Slimy Friends, the Amphibians

    C0322S1 - March 22 (F); 9-10 a.m.
    C0322S2 - March 22 (F); 1-2 p.m.

  • Youth attend these programs on their own, unaccompanied by a parent or other adult.

    Awesome Adaptations

    In this series, we will explore the characteristics that help animals survive. We will compare these characteristics to our own abilities, and discover their connection to body structure, behavior, and habitat.

    Limited to 12 participants per session
    Fee:  Zoo Members $19/General Public $21

    Super Senses

    We will explore how some animals sense the outside world and the body structures that allow them to do so.

    H1126SS - November 26 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H1130SS - November 30 (F); 1-3 p.m.

    Super Sea Animals

    The ocean is full of interesting animals!  Let’s explore what makes our water dwelling friends so different and special.

    H0114SA - January 14 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H0118SA - January 18 (F); 1-3 p.m.

    Super Invertebrates

    These small superheroes don’t need a backbone to get around.  In this class, we will learn about how our small friends manage to live alongside us.

    H0211SI - February 11 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H0215SI - February 15 (F); 1-3 p.m.

    Super Herps

    Slide, jump, and scoot into the world of reptiles and amphibians, or as we like to call them, herps.  Come explore how these amazing animals have lived on earth for so long.

    H0318SH - March 18 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H0322SH - March 22 (F); 1-3 p.m.

  • Youth attend these programs on their own, unaccompanied by a parent or other adult.

    Diving Deeper

    In this series, taking a closer look at familiar animals provides the opportunity to further develop our “scientist skills,” such as observation, reflection, and developing testable questions.                  

    Limited to 16 participants per session
    Fee: Zoo Members $19/General Public $21                    

    Sensational Senses

    We’re pretty familiar with our five senses, but have you ever wondered how animals use their senses?  Let’s discover how some animals sense the world around them in not so typical ways, and maybe even use a “sixth” sense.

    H1126SE - November 26 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H1130SE - November 30 (F); 1-3 p.m.

    The World of Primates

    Who are primates? We are!  Come learn about what makes our closest living relative so unique and how the Zoo is helping primates live their best lives here and in the wild.

    H0114PR - January 14 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H0118PR - January 18 (F); 1-3 p.m.


    In this class, gross is good!  We will learn that gross bodily functions are totally normal, in humans and animals.  Gross is what helps the world go around.

    H0211GR - February 11 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H0215GR - February 15 (F); 1-3 p.m.

    Fantastic Felines

    ROAR and purr…  Cats are some of the most recognizable animals in the world.  In this class, we will explore similarities, differences, and skulls to investigate cat adaptations and visit Big Cat Country.

    H0318FA - March 18 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H0322FA - March 22 (F); 1-3 p.m.

  • Youth attend these programs on their own, unaccompanied by a parent or other adult.

    Conservation Mystery

    In this series, students will develop skills used by real-life forensic scientists and field biologists to solve a conservation puzzle.

    Limited to 16 participants per session
    Fee: Zoo Members $19/General Public $21

    Conservation and Field Skills – Africa

    Learn about what makes the continent of Africa so special and the conservation work the Saint Louis Zoo does there.  We will learn about the specific research techniques and conservation strategies taking place in this region of the world.

    H1126CF - November 26 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H1130CF - November 30 (F); 1-3 p.m.

    Decoding the Scene

    What made that track in the sand?  Animals often leave evidence of themselves behind.  We will revisit some of the techniques from Animal Tracks and Signs: Africa, and learn some new techniques for gathering these clues for further study.

    H0114DS - January 14 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H0118DS - January 18 (F); 1-3 p.m.

    Tell Time with a Fly

    Some of the grossest jobs on earth are done by decomposers.  Parasites have an even fouler job.  Let’s discover how these two different types of animals play important roles in our ecosystem, and how they can potentially crack the case.

    H0211TI - February 11 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H0215TI - February 15 (F); 1-3 p.m.

    Cellular Secrets

    DNA is the blueprint for all life, with each animal having it’s own special blueprint.  We will discover how DNA sequencing technology is helping scientists in the field, and how it solves mysteries.

    H0318CS - March 18 (M); 9-11 a.m.
    H0322CS - March 22 (F); 1-3 p.m.