From the ever-popular Camp KangaZoo to individual programs for all ages, the Saint Louis Zoo’s Education Department has classes, overnight experiences and daytime adventures for everyone in the family. Online registration begins March 6 for Zoo members and at 2 p.m. on March 7 for general public. Program fees vary.
Camp KangaZoo campers can choose to attend one or two full-day camps with the themes “Animals in Action” and “Battle of the Biomes.” Monday through Thursday, campers will play games, meet animals, enjoy sing-alongs and view dynamic Zoo exhibits. On Thursday nights, they’ll sleep at the Zoo and wake up with the birds! Camp KangaZoo scholarships are available for families with financial need.
Younger children can hop “out of the pouch” and into the Zoo at Camp Joey. Half-day and full-day sessions are available for children who are at least 4 years old and entering kindergarten.
The Zoo offers specialty camps for kids entering grades 5-9. Topics include Zoo Careers, Junior Zoologist, Junior and Senior Marine Biologist. Teen Camp is available for youth entering grades 7-9. New this year is Conservation Leaders Camp for students entering grades 9-12.
Families with kids ages 5 and up can attend the Under the Sea-lion overnight programs and sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel.
Zoo programs for young children and youth keep growing minds sharp in the lazy summer months. The Zoo offers a variety of animal topics for various ages. Kids can learn about birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and zoo careers, examine animal biofacts, create animal habitats, explore the outdoors, make nature art and identify animal tracks, tour the Zoo, and more.
For youth in grades 3-9, the Zoo offers Keeper-for-a-Day at the Emerson Children’s Zoo, and A Day with the Rays and Advanced Day with the Rays at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove for kids in grades 2-8. Engineer-for-a-Day is available for those ages 7 to adult. A Junior Sea Lion Trainer program is available for ages 10 to adult.
Scouts can learn about animals and sleep under the stars while working toward fulfilling their badge requirements at the Snooze at the Zoo programs.
Adult programs include evening safari tours, wine and painting nights, overnights and more.
For a complete list of programs, online registration, camp scholarship applications and more information, visitstlzoo.org/summerprograms. Registration for programs is not available by phone. For questions, call (314) 646-4544, option #6.
All proceeds support the Saint Louis Zoo.