All in-person programs are canceled until further notice. Please visit our virtual conservation learning page for digital resources and virtual programs.


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

Attention Groups 

We can provide interactive educational programs with a Zoo educator via Zoom.  Visit Distance Learning  for information about program titles and descriptions, program fees, and to access a program request form.  All program must be booked four weeks in advance.  NOTE: At this time, we cannot guarantee that live animals will be part of any program.


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

Zoo Reservations

Frequently Asked Questions

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 13,000+* 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! 

*2019 census numbers

At the Zoo


All Education programs are canceled until further notice.



All Education programs are canceled until further notice.

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.

Zoo Expert Interviews

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.

Interview an Expert

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.


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.