Who: Grades 6 - 12
How many: 30 - 55 students, plus chaperones.
When: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Where: Exploration Outpost in the Orthwein Animal Nutrition Center and Zoo grounds.

Whether your favorite continent is Africa or North America, we have a program for you. In this one-of-a-kind overnight experience, you can choose the continent that your students will explore. We will take a close look at the ecology of your continent and the conservation issues affecting wildlife. Participants will play an interactive game, and go on a conservation tour all while focusing on the animals' challenges and adaptations. Students will be able to identify animals from various biomes and will begin to understand what environmental issues threaten their chosen continent. Each program will highlight a conservation project that the Zoo is working on.

Overnight includes a movie, a night hike, and a morning stroll. A pizza snack, continental breakfast, and souvenirs are also included.

Missouri Science GLES: Strand 4 – 1Aa (6th), 1Ba,b,c (6th), 1Da,b,c (6th), 1Da(8th)

Missouri Social Studies GLES:  Elements of Geographical Study and Analysis – 5B(6th-8th), 5C(6th-8th), 5D(7th), 5F(6th-8th), 5I(6th-7th)

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: MS-LS2.A, MS-LS4.D, MS-LS4.C

Your choices are:

Africa: Grevy's zebra in the horn of Africa, carnivores in central Africa, biodiversity in the Saharan region

North America: Hellbenders, American burying beetles, and native pollinators

For more information or to register, please contact the overnight programs staff, at (314) 646-4961 or by e-mail at overnights@stlzoo.org.