Have a Wild Night at the Saint Louis Zoo ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK!

School Wild Night programs allow teachers and their classes to have the entire Zoo to themselves - an exciting combination of adventure and learning. You can come for just the evening or you can decide to spend the entire night at the Saint Louis Zoo. But no matter how long you decide to stay students are guaranteed to learn and experience something unforgettable.

School Overnights and Twilight Programs

School overnights and twilight programs are offered select Friday and Saturday evenings from September to May. School groups, youth groups and homeschool groups with children in grades 3 to 12 are welcome. We can accommodate special program requests as well as special education or gifted classes. Please specify any special requests when scheduling. All programs include activities and an evening hike around the Zoo. 

Overnights

  • Fee: $900 for up to 20 participants, students or adults and $45 for each additional participant. School staff members are free! Maximum number of participants is 40 including adult chaperones.
  • Includes evening snack, continental breakfast and souvenir.
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Twilight Programs

  • Fee: $600 for up to 30 participants, students or adults and $20 for each additional participant. School staff members are free! Maximum number of participants is 40 including adult chaperones.
  • Includes evening snack.
  • Time: 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.

To register for Overnights or Twilight Programs, please fill out the school overnight request form.  For more information please email overnights@stlzoo.org.

See topics below:

  • Why are hyenas' heads pointy and why are gerenuks' necks so long? Why do some animals hibernate and some animals migrate? Animals have amazing adaptations which help them to survive in their habitats. During this overnight adventure your class will discover the importance of these structures and behaviors while they complete a structures and behavior bingo on Zoo grounds, or become an animal trying to survive in the wild, or by simply observing live animals.

  • Here at the Zoo our animal staff is devoted to providing the best care for all of our species from out tiny ants to our huge elephants, and everything in between. But have you ever wondered how our Zoo Veterinarians take care of all these different animals? Come to this overnight and discover the answers to this question, plus sleep at the Zoo! Students and chaperones will try their hand at diagnosing and treating some simulated scenarios based on actual cases that occurred at the Zoo.

  • There are so many animals in the world; it's hard to learn about them all! But with basic classification, you can learn about groups of animals and learn about shared characteristics. In this overnight adventure students will learn how to classify major groups of animals by stepping into a dichotomous key during "What's in Your Bag". Students will learn shared characteristics of some of their favorite Zoo animals through the use of biofacts and observations.

  • Whether your favorite continent is Africa or North America, we have a program for you. In this one-of-a-kind overnight experience, you can choose the continent that your students will explore. We will take a close look at the ecology of your continent and the conservation issues affecting wildlife. Participants will play an interactive game, and go on a conservation tour all while focusing on the animals' challenges and adaptations. Students will be able to identify animals from various biomes and will begin to understand what environmental issues threaten their chosen continent. Each program will highlight a conservation project that the Zoo is working on.

    Your choices are:

    Africa: Grevy's zebra in the horn of Africa, carnivores in central Africa, biodiversity in the Saharan region

    North America: Hellbenders, American burying beetles, and native pollinators

  • Students explore the realm of the modern zoo and learn about the wide variety of career options within the Zoo setting. Participants will create their own behavior study and will try their skills at managing endangered species. They will learn the importance of varying zoo animal habitats and diets, and get the chance to look at some of the biggest conservation challenges the Saint Louis Zoo is working on in the field.

School Night Hike Programs

School night hike programs are offered any evening September to May, and consist of a 90-minute flashlight tour of Zoo grounds. Youth groups and homeschool groups with children in grades 3 to 12 are welcome. Please specify any special requests when scheduling.

  • Fee: $400 for up to 20 participants, students or adults and $20 for each additional participant. School staff members are free! The maximum number of participants is 60, including adult chaperones. 
  • Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.

To register please fill out the school overnight request form. For more information please email overnights@stlzoo.org.

Refunds

A refund minus a $145 cancellation fee will be issued if you notify the Education Department at least two weeks prior to your overnight. There is no refund for groups that cancel with less than two weeks' notice.