All Zoo summer programs are canceled for 2020. 

Summer program refund notifications have been sent out.  Please call (314) 646-4544, option #6, with any refund questions.  As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our Education Registrars are working limited hours.  Your patience is greatly appreciated during this time.

The Zoo is NOW OPEN. Reservations are required to visit. Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines and make a reservation. 


The Education Department offers many opportunities for scouts and other organized youth groups to enjoy the Zoo and learn about the animal world. Programs range from a 45-minute classroom program to a sleep-over at the Zoo, and may include biofacts, activities, games, tours, or crafts. Plus, we offer a variety of programs that help scouts work towards their badge requirements!

Your group will have fun together while learning about animals, their habitats and conserving natural resources.

Please click on the links above to find out about our offerings. Also be sure to check out our fun Educational Tours. In addition, exploration guides and scavenger hunts are activity pages that lead your group on a self-guided tour of the Zoo to discover more about specific topics. 

School/Group Registration Required

The Zoo is OPEN. As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of guests, staff and animals, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures.  All guests are required to make a free-timed reservation to visit.  Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines and make a reservation. Here you will get detailed information about reservations, safety requirements, what areas and attractions are open, food options and more.  Please note: the school/group registration form is no longer required at this time. 

Do You Have a Mixed Age Group of Scouts?

If you have a scout troop/pack/den that has multiple age levels and our Snooze at the Zoo programs do not match your needs, you can schedule your own private scout overnight. When you schedule your own overnight we use the themes which we are currently offering but tailor them to match your needs. These overnights cost $40 per person and we require a minimum of 30 participants (this total includes scouts and adults) and a maximum of 60 participants.

Please contact the overnight programs staff at (314) 646-4961 or for more information.