The Education Department has temporarily suspended all in-person school and outreach program offerings to maintain the recommended health and safety guidelines during Covid-19.  We are pleased to offer a variety of virtual conservation program experiences for audiences of all ages.  Please visit our virtual conservation learning page for more information about our digital resources and virtual programs.  

 virtual conservation learning 

The Zoo is OPEN. Reservations are required to visit. 

Please review the Zoo's current guest guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.

Zoo Reservations

Frequently Asked Questions

Attention Groups 

Click the links below to learn more about standards-based Distance Learning Programs, enriching Virtual Field Trips, or how your class can Interview an Expert. Information includes program titles and descriptions, program fees, and official program inquiry forms. All programs must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Distance Learning

Connect with us virtually to for a live, interactive program to learn about the Saint Louis Zoo and various animal adaptations, habitats, and conservation programs.

Virtual Field Trips

Choose your own virtual field trip experience! Two Zoo Educators will guide you on your adventure, one in our Distance Learning studio, and one at the Zoo locations you choose so you can see what the animals are doing! Your students will have a blast learning about Zoo animals and interacting with Zoo Educators while never leaving your classroom.    

Interview an Expert

The Saint Louis Zoo is happy to provide 20-minute virtual expert interviews to students or groups who are learning about specific animals or Zoo-related topics. Led by educators who work closely with our colleagues in Animal Division, they are able to answer your questions about animals in our care, conservation work we are doing at the Zoo and around the world, and the Zoo’s dedication to caring for all animals.

Financial Assistance

Via the generosity of The Boeing Company, grant funding is available through December of 2021 for underserved students.


Don't forget our STLZOOms live webinars! Join one of the Zoo's Educators from their homes to learn more about animals and how amazing they are.


The Saint Louis Zoo has been a cornerstone of St. Louis since 1910. Located in one of the largest urban parks in the country, the Zoo is open year-round with free admission. We welcome your school to explore this unique educational setting any time of year!

Our award-winning Education Department is available to enhance your learning experiences in a variety of ways, both on-site at the Zoo and at your location. As a globally recognized conservation organization, our conservation education programs: 

  • Are led by highly trained educators and highlight the 12,000+* animals that call the Saint Louis Zoo home
  • Offer distinctive Zoo experiences designed for school audiences
  • Highlight our conservation programs that save species here in Missouri and around the world
  • Encourage inquiry-based learning and thought processes that connect curriculum with real-world, authentic and hands-on opportunities
  • Align to Missouri and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Foster social-emotional connections to the natural world
  • Are rooted in evidence-based research for engagement, inclusivity and impact
  • Create connections with animals to inspire conservation efforts locally and globally

Consistently recognized as one of the top zoos in the nation, we pride ourselves on supporting innovative and inclusive programming like no other.  Our programs are competitively priced, and scholarships may be available. We look forward to supporting your learning objectives during your next Zoo experience! 

*2020 census numbers

Group Visits to the Zoo

Important info for Teachers and Group Leaders

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. See below for group information and reservation link.

Groups of 15 or More — Advance Reservations and Discounts

Groups of 15 or more can make advance reservations when they purchase discounted tickets to attractions, Adventure Passes and meal vouchers through the Group Tickets office. Call (314) 646-4781 or email between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (CDT), Monday through Friday. Full payment for your selected items is due two (2) weeks prior to your event date to ensure entry reservation availability. Your entry reservation will not be confirmed until full payment is received.

Purchase Group Tickets

Other Group Reservations

The Zoo welcomes groups of any size. For those groups who do not wish to make purchases through the Group Tickets office, Zoo reservations are available seven (7) days prior to your visit. Click here to make a free reservation. Please note, you will need to make multiple group reservations of no more than 50 individuals per group. If you need help or have questions, you can call our reservation help line at (314) 646-4797.

Make Zoo Reservations

Philosophy Statement

We believe everyone has the right to learn. We believe we have the responsibility to influence positive conservation behavior to save the world. We believe that by fostering empathy, we are creating connections and inspiring action to help people, animals and the natural world. We believe that by collaborating with organizations of all kinds, we are stronger and more effective conservation educators. We believe it is our charge to inspire wonder and encourage curiosity.

To accomplish this, we provide experiences that are conservation-focused, learner-directed, inclusive and creative. We are reflective, intentional, flexible, strategic and passionate in our practice. We commit to providing learning opportunities that are engaging, high quality, evidence-based and developmentally appropriate. We will be leaders in conservation education, and we will change the world.