Please visit our virtual conservation learning pages 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.
The Education Department offers many opportunities for scouts and other organized youth groups to enjoy the Zoo and learn about the animal world. Programs may include biofacts, activities, games, tours, or crafts. We offer a variety of programs that help scouts work towards their badge requirements!
Your group will have fun together while learning about animals, their habitats and conserving natural resources.
Please click on the links above to find out about our offerings. In addition, exploration guides and scavenger hunts are activity pages that lead your group on a self-guided tour of the Zoo to discover more about specific topics. Visit our virtual conservation learning page for digital resources and virtual programs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 20 individuals per group. If you need help or have questions, you can call our reservation help line at (314) 646-4797.
Rental lockers are available for the storage of lunches or any other items during your group visit. If you do not want to rent a locker, we suggest bringing a wagon to carry your items with you or leaving your items on the bus. The Zoo does not hold personal items and is not responsible for any items left unattended. Unattended items are left at your own risk and may be removed by Zoo Security.