Classes:

  • Grades PS-K 
    Program length: 45 minutes 
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Explore furred, feathered, slimy and scaly animal "wrappers." Learn how animal groups are alike or different from each other and how to sort them using clues from their "coverings."
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations:III–1D (KG) a

  • Grades PS-K 
    Program length: 30 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Have you ever stopped to think about the bugs and other creepy crawlies that call your yard home? Do you think they're good or gross? In this class, we will examine invertebrates like bugs, butterflies and spiders and find out that animals don't need a backbone to be amazing!
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III–1D (KG) a

  • Grades K-3 
    Program length: 45 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Do all animal babies look like their parents? Which animals hatch from eggs, and which are live-born? This class compares animal babies and development while introducing the basic concepts of life cycles (including metamorphosis) in both invertebrates and vertebrates.
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1B (2nd) a, c, 3D (KG) a, b, (2nd) a, b

  • Grades K-5
    Program length: 45 minutes or 90 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    The North American continent includes a diversity of habitat types from tundra to tropical forests! Through group activities and observations, we will compare what makes these habitats unique, along with meeting and learning about animals that share our continent. The focus for K-3rd is characteristics of different habitats and the animals that live there; 3rd-5th will emphasize habitat usage of specific animals and how humans are connected through resources.
    MO Science GLES: K.LS1.C.1, K.ESS2.E.1, K.ESS3.A.1, K.ESS3.B.1, 3.LS3.C.1
    NGSS: K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 2-LS4-1, 3-ESS2-2, 5-LS2.A, 5-ESS3-1

  • Grades K-5
    Program length: 45 minutes or 90 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Rainforests are the most diverse habitats on the planet, and animals have found unique and varied ways to live there.  In the K-3rd  grade class, we will learn through an interactive and hands-on activity how the different layers support all kinds of animal life.  In the 3rd-5th grade class, we will learn how changes to the rainforest affect animals through an interactive and engaging whole class story.
    MO Science GLES: K.ESS2.E.1, K.ESS3.A.1, 3.LS3.C.1, 3.LS3.D.1
    NGSS: 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4

  • Grades 1-2
    Program length: 50 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Join us as we explore animal locomotion as an adaptation.  Together we will discover the exceptions; animals that don’t move around like the rest of their group…such as mammals that fly and birds that don’t.  As we work in teams to identify how the majority of an animal group moves, we will investigate the adaptations that help the others get to where they are going.
    MO GLES: III-1D (KG) a, (1st) b, d
    NGSS: 3-LS4-3

  • Grades 1-3
    Program length: 45 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    What do you call a baby amphibian? How do birds develop from an egg to an adult? In this class, we will look at live animals that develop in three different ways: full metamorphosis, incomplete metamorphosis, and no metamorphosis at all. We will compare the different life cycles of these animals to see how they grow and develop.
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations:III-1B (2nd) a, 1D (1st) d, 1D (5th) a, 3D (2nd) a, 1E (5th) d

  • Grades 1-5
    Program lenghth: 45minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    What makes a penguin different from a sea lion, or a snake different from a bee? As scientists, students will work in groups to create their own classification methods and learn how and why scientists sort animals based on their characteristics.
    NGSS 2-LS4-1

  • Grades 1-6
    Program length: 45 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Through student-led observations in the classroom, participants will learn how animals are connected, to people and each other, as they use their physical and behavioral adaptations to survive in their habitat.
    MO Science GLEs: 4.LS1.A.1, 3.LS3.C.1, 3.LS3.D.1
    NGSS 4-LS1-1

  • Grades: 2-3
    Program length: 45 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Join us as we surf the Web of Life from sunlight to decomposition, looking for balance in our biomes.  Discover who eats whom as you meet some of the animals in the web and investigate how even the smallest life is important when balance is the goal.
    MO GLES: IV-1A (1st) a, 2A (3rd) a,b,c,d
    NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, 2-LS4-1

  • Grades: 2-4
    Program length: 1 hour
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    What evidence can we find from animals in nature? In this program, students will learn about native animals though hands-on explorations identifying their scat and tracks.
    Missouri Science GLEs: 3.LS3.C.1
    NGSS: 4-LS1-1

  • Grades: 3-5
    Program length: 45 minutes or 90 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Some like it hot and some like it cold!  The desert habitat may bring up images of cacti, camels, and sand, but don’t forget the penguins!  Students will learn and actively discuss the variety of desert habitats on our planet through an activity while exploring the adaptations and needs of the animals that call these areas home.
    MO Science GLES: 3.LS3.C.1, 3.LS3.D.1
    NGSS: 3-ESS2-2, 4-ESS2.4, 5-ESS3-1

  • Grades: 3-5
    Program length: 45 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Join us for a cross-curricular classroom expedition as we make scientific observations of animals as Lewis and Clark once did! Through authentic experiences, students will explore, observe, and share their discoveries with each other using skills needed to create the journals made by Lewis and Clark during their 19th century expedition.
    MO Science GLEs: 4.LS1.A.1, 5. LS1.A.1, 3.LS3.B.1, 3.LS3.C.1, 3.LS3.D.1,
    MO Social Studies GLEs: 5.H.3.C.a, 4.TS.7.B.a, 3.H.3.F.a,3.H.3.C.a, 3.TS.7.B.a,
    NGSS 3-LS3-23-LS4-34-LS1-14-LS1-25-ESS3-1

  • Grades: 3-5
    Program length: 45 minutes or 90 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Missouri is home to a variety of animals and habitats from forests to caves! Native wildlife and habitat are the focus of this program and through hands-on activities, students will learn about specific habitat needs of native species, and our connection to habitats of the “Show Me” state!
    MO Science GLES: 3.LS3.C.1
    NGSS: 2-LS4-1, 3-ESS2-2, 5-LS2.A, 5-ESS3-1

  • Grades: 3-5
    Program length: 45 minutes or 90 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    Big Muddy, Old Man River, the Mighty Mississippi… no matter the name, rivers are an important part of our home state of Missouri. Through stories and other hands-on experiences, we will delve into how people and animals use our rivers, and how our rivers connect us to the rest of the world.
    MO Science GLES: 3.LS3.B.1
    NGSS: 5-ESS3-1, 5-ESS2-1

  • Program length: 45 minutes or 90 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    We see bees and butterflies visiting flowers, but what are they doing?  Join us as we explore our most common pollinators’ roles and why they are so important to people and ecosystems. This program involves an interactive game and other hands-on experiences.
    MO Science GLES: K.ESS3.B.1
    NGSS: 4-LS1-1, 2-LS2-2, MS-LS1-4

  • Grades 4-6
    Program length: 45 minutes
    Offered Labor Day through Memorial Day

    In this class students will learn the basics of biomimicry: what it means in the natural world and what it means to scientists and engineers.  They will have an opportunity to investigate some animal examples and brainstorm application and inventions inspired by the natural world.
    Missouri Science Grade-Level Expectations: ESS3-A (4th), ESS3-C (5th), ESS3-4.C (6th), ETS1-A (4th, 5th, 6th)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Classroom Program/Tour Combo:

  • Grades K-2 
    Program/Tour length: 50 minutes 
    Offered October through May

    Penguins and puffins are fascinating to observe.  They come from opposite ends of our planet yet have much in common. Join us as we explore how they are alike and how they are different, where they live, and how they move.  We will start in the classroom and then tour the Penguin Puffin Coast. Please note: This program is not offered on Mondays.
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1D (1st) b,d

Tours:

  • Grades 1 - 3
    Tour length: 45 minutes
    Offered September through May

    What kind of animals live on the two continents known as the "Americas"? We will explore the Zoo to see some animals that live in North and South America and examine the adaptations they have to survive in their habitats.
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1A (1st) a, 1D (1st) d

  • Grades 1 - 3
    Tour length: 45 minutes
    Offered September through May

    How can so many animals live in the rainforest? Join us in exploring animals such as the apes, birds or reptiles at the Zoo to discover the many adaptations these animals have to help them live in the trees, under tree roots or above the canopy in tropical rainforests.
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1D (KG) a, (1st) b,d

  • Grades 1 - 3 
    Tour length: 45 minutes 
    Offered September through May

    How does a sea lion differ from a lion? How are they the same? This tour emphasizes the diversity of mammals by examining their physical characteristics and lifestyles. Discover the many different forms and functions found among these furred animals. 
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1D (1st) b,d

  • Grades 3 - 6
    Tour length: 45 minutes
    Offered September through May

    Join us as we visit Big Cat Country and the Antelope Yards where we will investigate the many ways animals obtain their food. We will examine predator-prey relationships, food chains and webs that illustrate the energy transfer among organisms in an ecosystem.
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV-2A (4th) a, b, c (6th) a

  • Grades 4 - 6
    Tour length: 45 minutes
    Offered September through May

    What has happened to the birds on the island of Guam, or to the tropical bears? What is the HIPPO Dilemma? During a visit to the bear and bird areas of the Zoo, we will investigate the reasons why these and other animals are declining in their natural habitats and what is being done to help.
    Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV-1A (4th) a,b, 1B (6th) a,b,c, 1D (6th) a

  • 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

  • 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

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