School Group Program Prices

Nature of Science: Animal Scene Investigation                 

Grades: 5-8
Program length: 2 hours
Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

From tracks to bones, animals leave behind many clues if we know where to look. Come discover how scientists learn about animals through investigation. In this program, students will become the scientists, dissect owl pellets, and work together to solve a real animal mystery.
Missouri Science GLEs: 5.LS2.B.1, 6-8.LS2.A.1,
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Biodiversity in Action

Grades: 6-8
Program length: 2 hours or half day (~3 hours) or full day (~6 hours with a lunch break)
Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

Biodiversity is all around us! This program will focus on using inquiry-based experiences, biofacts, and live animals to examine ways that Zoo scientists are working to protect animal diversity both locally and globally. This program involves an outdoor component and utilizes technology to investigate and enhance the learning experience with scientific field techniques that can extend to the classroom and beyond. The outdoor component is rain or shine.
MO Science GLES: 6-8.LS1.B.1, 6-8.LS2.A.1, 6-8.LS2.A.2, 6-8.LS2.C.1, 6-8.ESS3.C.1,
(All Day version only: 6-8.LS2.C.1)
NGSS: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-ESS3-4, MS-LS1-4

Conservation at the Zoo

Grades 6-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

Wildlife from all over the Earth faces survival challenges from habitat loss, pollution, introduced species, human overpopulation and other factors. Come learn about programs that the Saint Louis Zoo participates in, the Zoo's WildCare Institute, and what you and your students can start doing now to help save species! Use of biofacts and live animals will complete this class.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV–1A (4th) a,b, 1B (6th) b,c, 1D (6th) a, b, c, (8th) a

Earth Ecology

Grades 6-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

Come and discover the delicate balance that exists between all living things within the Earth's ecosystems. In this class, we will discuss the main ecological components and why their interactions are so important. Through hands-on activities and live animals, we will get an up-close look at what an ecologist's work can look like.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV-1A (4th) a,b, 1D (4th) a, 1A (6th) a, 1B (6th) a,b,c

Introduction to Animal Behavior

Grades 6-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

This introduction to animal behavior will help students learn how behavior is an adaptation, and how behavior studies are used in zoos. Students will complete a hands-on behavior exercise with arthropods, as well as discuss a variety of animal behaviors.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1A (6th) a; IV-1A (4th) a, 3C (4th) b,c, (6th) a,b

Introduction to Zoo Careers

Grades 6-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take care of exotic animals? In this class, students will learn about the daily activities of an animal keeper, Zoo veterinarian, and other Zoo professionals. Through activities and live animals, students will become familiar with the various duties and responsibilities of those who work with animals at the Zoo.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1A (8th) a, 2F (8th) a, 2G (8th) b, d; VIII-3B (6-8th) b