Classes

  • Grades 9-12
    Program length: 90 minutes
    Offered September through December; April

    Delve deeper into one of the most fascinating and diverse groups of vertebrates on the planet: mammals. Students will compare and contrast the anatomy of different mammalian orders with the use of teeth, skulls, hides, fur, and much more. This course will allow hands-on investigation of mammals in a way not found anywhere else.
    Missouri Biology Course Level Expectations: III-1E a, b; VII-1C a

  • Grades 9-12
    Program length: 90 minutes
    Offered September through December; April

    Through a series of investigations, students will discover the distinct adaptations that make the subphylum Vertebrata a fascinating group of animals. This course is capable of providing an introduction to the topic or serving as an assessment of your students' knowledge of vertebrate groups.
    Missouri Biology Course Level Expectations: III-1E a, b; VII-1C a

  • Grades: 9-12
    Program length: 2 ½  hours
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Through inquiry exploration and hands-on lab work, students will work together to investigate clues as forensic scientists to solve a hypothetical case of a deceased zebra.
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: 9-12.LS2.C.2
    NGSS: MS-LS2-3

  • Grades 9-12
    Program length: 90 minutes
    Offered September through December

    Animal behavior is the scientific study of everything that animals do. The Saint Louis Zoo applies animal behavior research in its conservation efforts both at the Zoo and in the field. In this class, students will learn the basics of animal behavior, various sampling methods and some information about specific behavior studies going on at the Zoo. This program includes guided observation of one select animal group.
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: VII-1A c, d, 1B c, f; VIII-3D b

  • Grades 9-12
    Program length: 45 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Through activities and live animal contact, students will become familiar with some of the various careers at the Zoo. Students will learn about the skills and educational backgrounds required of animal keepers, Zoo veterinarians and other Zoo professionals and what they can start doing now to work towards a Zoo career.
    Missouri Biology Course Level Expectations: IV-1A a, 3B b; VII-1A d

  • 9th - College 
    Program length: 90 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    We will focus on how the Saint Louis Zoo works cooperatively with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and international institutions to conserve species around the world. Come learn about AZA programs that the Saint Louis Zoo participates in, and the Zoo's WildCare Institute. Use of biofacts, live animals, and an inquiry-based activity will complete this class.

Tours:

  • Grades: 4 - 12
    Tour Length: 45 minutes
    Offered September through May (Monday - Friday only)

    This introductory tour is led by Education docents. During this tour we will explore what it takes to properly feed our animals while visiting the Orthwein Animal Nutrition Center. This unique experience provides students the opportunity to see where our animal diets are prepared and learn how our Zoo nutritionist determines the best diet for our animals.

    Please Note: This area is not open to the public.

    (Maximum number of students per tour is 20. For larger class sizes we can offer multiple tours)
    Missouri Science Grade-Level Expectations: 6-8-LS1-A4; 6-8-LS1-C7; 6-8-LS2-C5; 9-12-LS1-C8; 9-12-LS2-A19-12-LS2-C; 9-12-LS4-C6

  • Saint Louis Zoo Endangered Species Research Center and Veterinary Hospital

    Grades: 6 - 12
    Tour Length: 75 minutes
    Offered September through May (Monday - Friday only)

    This introductory tour is led by Education docents During this tour we  will explore what it takes to care for our animals while visiting the Saint Louis Zoo’s Endangered Species Research Center and Veterinary Hospital. This unique experience provides students the opportunity to learn how Zoo veterinarians and researchers advance conservation and well-being of our animals using innovative techniques and practical applications of science.

    Please Note: This area is not open to the public. It is uncommon for groups to observe animals being treated at the time of the tour.

    (Maximum number of students per tour is 22. For larger class sizes we can offer multiple tours)
    Missouri Science Grade-Level Expectations: 6-8-LS1-B-6; 6-8-LS2-C; 6-8-LS-B; 9-12-LS2-A; 9-12-LS2-C; 9-12-LS3-B; 9-12-LS4-B; 9-12-LS4-C

    Advance reservations and payment of any fees are required for all programs. Please plan your schedule carefully, since it may be difficult to reschedule. Please note that Zoo education programs are quite popular and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Grades: 9 and above
    Maximum number of students per tour: 20

    This tour is conducted by animal nutrition staff through our group sales office

     

  • Advanced Tour - Saint Louis Zoo Endangered Species Research Center and Veterinary Hospital

    Grades: 9 and above
    Maximum number of students per tour: 20-25

    This tour is conducted by animal health staff through our group sales office

    Advance reservations and payment of any fees are required for all programs. Please plan your schedule carefully, since it may be difficult to reschedule. Please note that Zoo education programs are quite popular and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We require reserving at least three weeks in advance. To give your group a truly unique experience, please fill out the form below or contact our Group Tours Agent at (314) 781-0900 ext. 4840. 

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