The Saint Louis Zoo presents classes using state-of-the-art Polycom videoconferencing equipment. Connect with us to take virtual tours of various areas of the Zoo and learn about animal adaptations, habitats and conservation programs. All programs are interactive and may utilize any of the following: live video from our Zoo habitats, pre-recorded video footage, biofacts, and other means to create a memorable learning experience.  

Requirements for scheduling sites: A minimum connection speed of 384k preferred. We can connect to organizations directly via IP technology to traditional H.323 equipment. For schools without traditional equipment, we can connect via Zoom. 

Check out our Virtual Field Trips page.

National Science Education Standards

Our programs have also been aligned to the following National Science Education Standards, depending on the grade level:

NS.K - 12.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.K - 12.3 Life Science
NS.5 - 12.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

Pricing

45 minute program: $160

30 minute program: $95 (30 minute program available for only select titles.)

An additional 10% will be added to the program fee for any custom design program. 

There is an additional $40 premium service charge for any program scheduled to start after 5 p.m., Central Time.
 

To get more information or schedule a program, please fill out the form below.

Videoconferencing Inquiry Form

Critter Calls 

PreK-1st grade
Program Length: 30 minutes

NOTE: This is a 30 minute program. The cost for this 30 minute program is only $95.00.

A cow says “moo” and a sheep says “baa,” but what bird says “cheeseburger?” In this program we’ll practice our animal sounds and maybe meet a few special Zoo friends. If we’re lucky, they might even ‘talk’ to us!

Missouri Grade Level Expectations:  III-1D (K) a; VII-1A (K) a, 1B (K) a, 1C (K) a 
NGSS:1-LS1-2 (LS1.B), 2-LS4-1 (LS4.D)  
Missouri Early Learning Goals: IV-B.1(PK)b, IV-B.1(PK)d-g, IV-C.1(PK)a, IV-C.1(PK)c, IV-C.2(PK)a, IV-C.2(PK)c, IV-C.2(PK)a, IV-C.2(PK)d, VI-A.1(PK)a, VI-A.1(PK)b, VI-A.4(PK)d, VI-B.1(PK)b, VI-B.2(PK)a, VI-B.2(PK)b, VI-B.2(PK)c, VI-B.4(PK)d  

Animal Magic

PreK-2nd grade
Program Length: 30 or 45 minutes
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Animals have adaptations that can seem like magic! Our educators have a few tricks up their sleeves to help you learn about amazing animals at our Zoo and in the wild.

Missouri Grade Level Expectations: K.LS1.C.1, K.ESS3.A.1, K.ESS3.C.1  
NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1 (ESS3.A), K-ESS3-3(ESS3.C), 2-LS4-1 (LS4.D:) 
Missouri Early Learning Goals: IV-B.1(PK)a, IV-B.1(PK)c, IV-B.1(PK)d, IV-B.1(PK)f, IV-B.1(PK)g, IV-C.1(PK)c, IV-C.2(PK)a,  IV-C.2(PK)b, IV-C.2(PK)c, VI-B.1(PK)a, VI-B.1(PK)b, VI-B.2(PK)a-c, VI-B.3(PK)a-b, VI-B.4(PK)d, VII-B.2(PK)a  

Animal Tales

PreK-2nd grade
Program Length: 30 or 45 minutes
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Let’s combine the powers of science and literacy in this interactive learning adventure! Through books, interactive stories, videos, and so much more we will learn all about animals.  

Missouri Grade Level Expectations: K.LS1.C.1, 1.LS3.A.1 / Reading: (K)1A.a-d, (1)1A.a-d, (2)1A.a-c, (K)2C.a, (1)2C.a, (2)2C.a, (1)3B.a, (2)3B.a / Writing: (K)1A.a, (1)1A.a, (2)1A.a, (K)2A.c, (1)2A.c, (2)2A.c, (K)2C.a-b & d-e, (1)2C.a-b & e-f, (2)2C.a, (2)2C.c, (2)2C.f   
NGSS: 1-LS3-1 (LS3.A), 2-LS4-1 (LS4.D)  
Missouri Early Learning Goals: IV-A.1(PK)b&d, IV-B.1(PK)a-g, EV-D.3(PK)a, VI-B.1(PK)a, VI-B.2(PK)a-c, VI-B.4(PK)c, VII-B.2(PK)a, VIII-A.3(PK)b-d  

Habitat Helpers 

PreK-2nd grade
Program Length: 30 or 45 minutes
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

What do you need to be happy and healthy? Do animals need the same things?  Let’s sing and make art while we learn about the four basic needs of all animals (food, water, shelter, and space). This program may include live animals, an art activity (that can be done during or after your program), and a suggested post activity that reinforces how we can help animals in their habitats.

Missouri Grade Level Expectations: K.LS1.C.1, K.ESS3.A.1, K.ESS3.C.1 
NGSS: K-LS1-1  
Missouri Early Learning Goals: IV-A.1(PK)b, IV-C.1(PK)a-c, IV-C.2(PK)a-c, IV-D.3(PK)a, IV-E.1(PK)a-e, VI-B.2(PK)a-c, VI-B.3(PK)a-c, VI-B4(PK)c-d, VII-B.2(PK)a, VIII-A.2(PK)b-d, VIII-B.1(PK)b, VIII-B.2(PK)b-c  

Icky Sticky Animals

PreK-2nd grade
Program Length: 30 or 45 minutes
Audience Size: minimum 10, maximum 30

Animals do some pretty outrageous things. Let’s learn about what makes these 'icky’ creatures not 'icky' but neat! Join us for experiments and leave with an icky sticky art idea to do on your own.  

Missouri Grade Level Expectations: K.LS1.C.1 
NGSS: K-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1 
Missouri Early Learning Goals: IV-C.1(PK)b-c, IV-c.2(PK)a-c, VI-B.1(PK)a-b, VI-B.2(PK)a-c, VI-B.3(PK)a-b, VI-B.4(PK)c-d, VII-B.2(PK)a, VIII-B.1(PK)b, VIII-B.2(PK)b-c 

What Is an Animal?

PreK-2nd grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

How do you know if something is alive or not? If it is alive, how do you know if it's a plant or an animal? Take part in activities to understand the characteristics of living things. We may meet live animals to help identify these traits.

Missouri Grade Level Expectations: K.LS1.C.1 
NGSS: K-LS1-1., 2-LS4-1. 
Missouri Early Learning Goals: IV-A.1(PK)b, IV-C.1(PK)a-c, IV-c.2(PK)a-c, IV-D.3(PK)a, VI-B.1(PK)a-b, VI-B.2(PK)a-c, VI-B.3(PK)b, VII-B.2(PK)a, VIII-A.2(PK)b-d 

Baby Animals

K-2nd grade
Program Length: 30 minutes

NOTE: This is a 30 minute program. The cost for this 30 minute program is only $95.00.

One of the most exciting things at a zoo is when babies are born! In this program, we'll be introduced to some of the babies that have been born at the Saint Louis Zoo, via recorded video. We'll also learn special baby names, as well as how animals care for their babies.

Missouri Grade Level Expectations: 1.LS3.A.1, 
NGSS: 1-LS1-2., 1-LS3-1., 2-LS4-1. 
Missouri Early Learning Goals: IV-A.1(PK)b, IV-C.1(PK)b-c, VI-B.1(PK)a-b, VI-B.2(PK)a-c, VII-B.2(PK)a, 

Animal Champions

K-5th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Can you run as fast as a cheetah or leap like a lemur? This interactive program will introduce students to animal adaptations and how they help animals survive. Physical activities and live animal guests make this program a winner!

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations III-1A(1)a; IV-1A(4th)a; VII-1B(3rd)a,d 
NGSS: MS-LS2-4. (LS2.A, LS2.C). MS-LS4-4. (LS4.B, LS4.C). MS-LS1-4 (LS1.B). 3LS2-1 (LS2.D) 

Polar Bear Plunge 

K-5th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Plunge right in with the Zoo and learn all about polar bears! Meet our amazing polar bear and learn about what makes these amazing marine mammals so special. Participate in activities to learn about how polar bears and other arctic animals survive in their cold climates.

Missouri Grade Level Expectations:  III – 1A (1st) a, 1D (K) a, 1D (1st) b,d, ID (5th) a; IV – 1A (K) a, 1A (1st) a, 1A (4th) a,b, 2A (3rd) c,d, 2A (4th) c, 3C (4th) b,c,d; VII-1A (K,1,2) a, (3,4,5) a,b, 1B (K,1,2) a, (3,4) a,e, (5) a,f, 1C (3,4,5) a,b, 1D (3,4,5) a, 1E (K,1,2) c, (3,4,5) a 
NGSS: MS-LS2-1. (LS2.A). MS-LS2-2. (LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.D, ETS1.B). MS-LS4-4. (LS4.B, LS4.C). 3-LS3-2 (LS3.B). 3-LS4-3 (LS4.C).  

Zoo Clues

K-5th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Solve puzzles to learn more about big cats, birds, and other animals in this interactive class. Learn about the clues our veterinarians use to keep our animals healthy.

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1A (1st) a, 1D (kg) a, (1st) b, d, (5th) a, 1E (5th) c, d, IV-1A (Kg) a, (4th) a, b, 2A (4th) b, c, 3C (4th) b, c, d. VII-1A (Kg-3rd) a, b, (4th-8th) a, b, c, 1C (Kg-2nd) a, b, 1D (Kg-2nd) a, (3rd-8th) a, b 
NGSS: MS-LS4-4. (LS4.B, LS4.C). 3-LS4-3 (LS4.C) 3-LS4-4 (LS2.C, LS2.D). 

Fall into Winter

K-6th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Discover changes animals endure in order to survive in places where the weather turns cold. Some animals stay where they are and others make journeys to new places each season. You'll also find out how the Saint Louis Zoo helps animals survive through this harsh season. NOTE: Different versions exist for K-3rd grades and 4th-6th grades.

Missouri Grade Level Expectations : K.LS1.C.1, K.ESS3.A.1,  III-1A(6th)a; IV-1A(4th)a, 1D(4th)a; VII-1A(4th,5th,6th)a, 1C(4th,5th,6th)a 
NGSS: K-LS1-1., 2-LS4-1., K-ESS3-1., 3-LS4-2, 3-LS2-1, MS-LS2-1. (LS2.A). MS-LS2-2. (LS2.A and LS2.C). MS-LS4-4. (LS4.B, LS4.C). MS-LS1-4 (LS1.B). MS-LS2-4. (LS2.C). 3-LS3-2 (LS3.B). 3-LS4-3 (LS4.C) 

Spring into Summer

K-6th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Learn how animals celebrate the return of spring as we explore the different ways animals make the switch from cold winter days to warm summer nights. NOTE: Different versions exist for K-3rd grades and 4th-6th grades.

Missouri Grade Level Expectations: K.LS1.C.1, K.ESS3.A.1, 3.LS3.B.1, 3.LS3.C.1, III-1A(6th)a; IV-1A(4th)a, 1D(4th)a; VII-1A(4th,5th,6th)a, 1C(4th,5th,6th)a 
NGSS: K-LS1-1., 1-LS1-2., 2-LS4-1., K-ESS3-1., 3-LS4-2, 3-LS2-1, MS-LS4-4. (LS4.B, LS4.C). MS-LS1-4 (LS1.B). MS-LS2-4. (LS2.C). 3-LS3-2 (LS3.B). 3-LS4-3 (LS4.C) 

Penguin & Puffin Coast

K-8th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Meet our adorable penguins and puffins and learn about the cold areas in the northern and southern hemispheres of the globe. Participate in activities to learn about how these animals survive in their cold climates.

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1A (1st)a, 1D (Kg)a, (1st) b,d, (5th)a, 1E (5th)c,d, IV-1A(Kg)a, (4th)a,b, (6th)a, 1B (6th)a,b, 1D(6th)a, 2A (3rd)a,b, (4th)a,b,c, 3C (4th)a-d, (6th)a,b, VII-1A (Kg-3rd)a,b, (4th-8th)a,b,c, 1C(Kg-2nd) a,b, 1D(Kg-2nd)a, (3rd-8th)a,b 
NGSS: MS-LS2-1. (LS2.A). MS-LS2-2. (LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.D, ETS1.B). MS-LS4-4. (LS4.B, LS4.C). 3-LS3-2 (LS3.B). 3-LS4-3 (LS4.C). HS-LS2-6 (LS2.C). HS-LS2-7 (LS4.D, LS2.C, ETS1.B). 

Mathimals 

K-12th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

How much hay do you need to feed seven elephants? Can you draw an animal exhibit design to scale? This interactive program may include videos, live animals, and hands-on activities that demonstrate the importance of math in the Zoo world. Please specify grade level and concepts being studied when requesting the program.

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: Dependent upon grade level. Please contact for specifics.

Nature of Science: Classification

1st-5th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes 

What makes a penguin different from a sea lion, or a snake different from a bee? As scientists, students will work in groups to create their own classification methods and learn how and why scientists sort animals based on their characteristics. 

Missouri Grade Level Expectations: 1.LS1.A.1, 1.LS3.A.1, 3.LS3.B.1, 4.LS1.A.1, 4.LS1.D.1, 5.LS1.A.1 
NGSS: 2-LS4-1 

Nature of Science: Adaptations

3rd-5th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Animals have many features and abilities that help them do more than just survive! This program explores a variety of physical and behavioral animal adaptations with a fun, engaging presentation that includes animal biofacts.

Missouri Science Grade-Level Expectations: 4.LSD1.D.1 
NGSS: 3-LS3-1 (LS3.B), 3-LS4-3 (LS4.C), 4-LS1-1 (LS1.A) 

The Dirt on Dirt

3rd-5th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Dr. Worm, expert vermicomposter, will show you the dynamic world of decomposers. Find out how dirt made your lunch, investigate a worm’s habitat, and even meet a few new wiggly friends. Learn why worms are important and how they help eat our garbage.

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1A (1st) a,b (3rd) a, (5th) a,c,d; IV-1A (1st) a, (4th) a, 2A (3rd) a, b,c,d, (4th) a; VII-1A (K,1st,2nd,3rd) a,b, 1B (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) a, d, 1C (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) a, b, 1D (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) a; VIII-3A (K, 1st, 2nd) a 
NGSS: MS-LS2-2. (LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.D, ETS1.B). MS-LS2-3. (LS2.B). 5-LS2-1.(LS2.A). HS-LS2-6 (LS2.C). 

Oberserving Animals with Lewis and Clark

3rd-5th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Join us for a cross-curricular classroom expedition as we make scientific observations of animals as Lewis and Clark once did! We’ll review how new discoveries were recorded and what animals were found. Through authentic experiences, students will observe together and share their discoveries using skills that Lewis and Clark used to create the journals made during their 19th century expedition.  *Optional suggested class materials: paper for students to write on “journal” style.

Missouri Social Studies Grade Level Expectations:  5.H.3.C.a; 3.H.3.F.a; 3.H.3.C.a; 3.TS.7.B.a; 4.TS.7.B.a
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations:  4.LS1.A.1, 5. LS1.A.1, 3.LS3.B.1, 3.LS3.C.1, 3.LS3.D.1 
NGSS: 4-LS1-14-LS1-23-LS3-23-LS4-3,5-ESS3-1 

Grossology

4th-6th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Poop, vomit, and slime make this class a guaranteed gross time! We’ll investigate why animals do ‘gross’ stuff, how it helps them to survive, and maybe meet some disgusting animals – and you might be surprised by who you’ll meet!

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-2A (5th) a; 1A (6th) a; IV-1A (4th) a; 3C (4th) b,c; VII-1A (4th, 5th, 6th) a; 1C (4th, 5th, 6th) a 
NGSS: MS-LS4-4. (LS4.B, LS4.C). MS-LS1-4 (LS1.B). 5-LS2-1.(LS2.A). 3-LS4-3 (LS4.C) 

Animal Training

6th-12th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Animal training is an important role of the zoo keepers at the Saint Louis Zoo! Join a zoo educator to learn what animal training is all about and how zoo keepers use positive reinforcement training to provide daily care, like health monitoring, for the animals at the Zoo.   

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: 6-8.LS2.C.1; 6-8.LS2.C.2; 6-8.LS4.B; 9-12.LS1.A.2 
NGSS: MS-LS1-8; MS-LS2-1; MS-LS2-3; MS-LS4-5; HS-LS1-2; HS-LS2-6; HS-LS2-7

Animal Behavior

9th-12th grade
Program Length: 30 minutes

Take a virtual program with one of our Zoo Educators to learn about animal behavior and why it is an important area of study. Students will learn about ethograms and do a live behavior study.  

Missouri Grade Expectations 9-12.LS4.B.2, 9-12.LS4.C.1 
NGSS: HS-LS2-8 

Biodiversity

9th-12th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Biodiversity is as complex as it is important for our natural world. It is no secret that there are many species across the globe that are increasingly at risk of extinction. Thus, it is important to understand biodiversity and human impact. Students will learn about biodiversity hotspots as they engage in an inquiry-based activity and observe biofacts, while also learning about current conservation work.

Missouri Science Grade-Level Expectations: 9-12.LS2.C.1, 9-12.LS2.C.2, 9-12.LS4.C.3, 9-12.ETS1.B.1 
NGSS: HS-LS2-7 (LS2.C), HS-LS2-7 (LS4.D), HS-LS2-7 (ETS1.B) 

Comparative Anatomy of Mammals

9th-12th grade
Program Length: 45 minutes

Delve deeper into one of the most fascinating and diverse groups of vertebrates on the planet: mammals. Students will compare and contrast the anatomy of different mammalian orders with the use of teeth, skulls, hides, fur, and much more.  

NGSS: HS-LS4-4 (LS4.C), HS-LS4-1 (LS4.A), HS-LS4-5 (LS4.C), HS-LS4-5 (LS4.C) 
GLES: 9-12.LS4.A.1, 9-12.ETS1.B.1 

Conservation at the Zoo and Beyond

9th-College
Program Length: 45 minutes

We will focus on how the Saint Louis Zoo works cooperatively with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and international institutions to conserve species around the world. Come learn about AZA programs that the Saint Louis Zoo participates in, and the Zoo's WildCare Institute.  

NGSS: HS-LS2-7 (LS2.C, LS4.D), HS-LS2-6 (LS2.C) 
GLES: 9-12.LS2.C.1., 9-12.LS2.C.2  

Custom Designed Programs

K-12th grade

Contact the Education Team outreachrequests@stlzoo.org to discuss your needs.