Explore the world of science through animals and nature.  Hands-on classes include 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.

Homeschool Deep Dive Days

For students in grades 4 - 6 and 7 - 9

Junior Marine Biologist  

What does it take to be a marine biologist?  Come along with us for a splashing good time!  Students will investigate the many kinds of animals that live in the sea and what a marine biologist studies.

Limited to 14 participants per session
Fee: Zoo Members $43/General Public $47

Additional dates available, see Fall Programs for Youth.

Zoo Careers (NEW)

Zookeepers aren’t the only ones working at the Saint Louis Zoo!  Come join us as we explore the many exciting careers offered here and learn how the departments work together to make the Zoo an amazing place for fun and conservation.

Grades 4-6
H0123ZC1 - January 23 (M); 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.            

Grades 7-9
H0123ZC2 - January 23 (M); 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Additional dates available, see Fall Programs for Youth.

Students in Grades K - 1 and 2 - 3

This school year, we are going to “travel” around the world for the great habitat hop. Come join us for this fun adventure as we explore the world’s habitats and the animals that call them home.

Limited to 12 participants per session
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

Amazing Antarctic
From penguins to leopard seals, we will discover predators and prey of the Antarctic as we journey to this freezing habitat.

H0206AN - February 6 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon
H0210AN - February 10 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.

Outrageous Oceans
Dive into habitats of the oceans to discover the unique animals that live nowhere else on earth. We will also learn about ways we can help the oceans.

H0303OO - March 3 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.
H0313OO - March 13 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon - SOLD OUT

Dazzling Deserts
How can plants and animals live in the hot, dry desert? Come find out what adaptations help these amazing desert animals survive.

H0403DD -  April 3 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon
H0407DD - April 7 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.

Students in Grades 4 - 5

This school year, we will “hop” the continents to research how animals and people are interconnected no matter where they are in the world. You will become a Wildlife Conservation Agent and detail your journey in your very own interactive notebook that you will be able to take home at the end of the school year.

Limited to 16 participants per session
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

Meet Me in Madagascar
Researching animal behavior is an important part of wildlife conservation and in this class you will use iPads to do your own behavior studies.

H0206MM - February 6 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon - SOLD OUT
H0210MM - February 10 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.

Crossing the Caucasus
Journey from Europe to Asia to discover some critically endangered animals, and find out what people are doing to help them.

H0303CC - March 3 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.
H0313CC - March 13 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon - SOLD OUT

Great Barrier Reef Excursion
Let’s dive off the coast of Australia to see what species of sharks call the Great Barrier Reef home. We will also learn how we can help ocean conservation here in the Midwest.

H0403BR - April 3 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon - SOLD OUT
H0407BR - April 7 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. - SOLD OUT

Students in Grades 6 - 8

Biomimicry is the science of how nature copies itself.  Scientists and engineers also use nature as inspiration when inventing and designing new things.  In this series, we will learn about nature’s wonders and prepare to make an invention of our own.

Limited to 16 participants per session
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

Energy is What Powers Us
Nature is all about the flow of energy and only uses the energy it needs.  We will learn how nature is capable of operating efficiently while recycling all of its resources.

H0206US - February 6 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon
H0210US - February 10 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.

Piecing the Nature Puzzle
You can’t build an igloo in the rainforest.  The same goes for living things that are adapted to the habitat in which they reside.  Using what we’ve learned from previous classes, we will explore more deeply how living things work together and how we can mimic that in our own lives.

H0303NP - March 3 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.
H0313NP - March 13 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon

Case Study in Biomimicry
We will follow the process of scientists and engineers that have created something inspired by nature.  All scientists and engineers present their findings to groups of their peers.  In this class, we will put the final touches on our project, and prepare to present it to your parents!

H0403CS - April 3 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 noon
H0407CS - April 7 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.