• Invertebrate Extravaganza

    From the tiny fairyflies to the colossal squid, invertebrates come in all shapes and sizes! These spineless animals make up 95 percent of all the species on Earth, and at this overnight, we are going to learn all about them! So come get buggy with us and learn about all these boneless beauties and how they interact with all our other vertebrate Zoo residents!

    Overnight evening activities will include rotations through exciting activities, an evening snack and beverage, and a night hike around Zoo grounds. The morning portion of the overnight adventure includes a continental breakfast, a morning stroll around Zoo grounds to see the animals wake up, a souvenir Zoo patch and glow-in-the-dark overnight cup!

    Who attends: Cub Scout Packs/Dens and adult chaperones (maximum 60 participants)


    • June 27, 2020
    • July 17, 2020
    • August 1, 2020

    Time:  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.

    Fee: $40 per person

    To register: Complete the Summer Snooze Registration Packet.

    Registration Deadline: Registrations must be received at least three weeks before program date for payment with check or at least two weeks before program date for payment with credit card (see packet for details).

  • If you have a scout troop/pack/den that has multiple age levels or if 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 $42 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) 646-4614 or overnights@stlzoo.org for more information.

  • For families and organized groups with participants ages 5 and up

    Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel! We will explore some of our marine and freshwater life at the Zoo by visiting Chain of Lakes and the Herpetarium. We will end the night by laying out sleeping bags inside the tunnel. You will awake under the sea and, hopefully, under a sea lion!

    Available April - September.

    Fee: $62 per person (minimum of 12 people)

    Limited to 16 to 18 people in the sea lion tunnel. Maximum of 24 people (some will sleep in the cave area or by the sea lion windows).

    Instructors: Zoo Staff

    Please contact the overnight staff at (314) 646-4614 or overnights@stlzoo.org for more information.

  • If our Adventure Workshop dates don’t work with your schedule then set up a private adventure program. These programs will complete the entire adventure and will also get you a more personal experience as your own instructors lead you through all your requirements.

    Adventures Offered: 

    • Tigers - Backyard Jungle
    • Wolves - Digging in the Past
    • Bears - Fur, Feather and Ferns
    • Webelos - Into the Wild

    Who registers: Cub Scout Packs with adult chaperones (min. of 15 scouts and max. of 45 scouts)

    Dates/Times: These 2.5 hour programs are offered from September to May:

    • Monday - Thursday between 6 and 9 p.m.
    • Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    Fee: $20 per scout (one free adult per scout)

    To book, please call the scout programs staff at (314) 646-4960 or overnights@stlzoo.org.

  • The Zoo's Education Department offers tours seven days a week from September through May, unless otherwise noted. Tours are offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

    See Educational Tours for details and registration information.