By offering multiple paths, the Junior program offers teens a chance to acquire the skills for public speaking, education techniques, strong work ethic, all while serving their community and learning about the Zoo’s animal inhabitants.
The Junior Zoo Crew (the introductory program) is a fun and rewarding volunteer program for students ages 14-17 with an interest in animal science, horticulture, education, conservation, Zoo operations, and most importantly, volunteering. JZC hours may be used to complete the Maryland State Service Learning requirement. Places in Junior Zoo Crew are limited, and admission is competitive.
Winter service-learning program for high school juniors and seniors with an interest in learning about nonprofit business practices, building resumes, and meeting like-minded individuals who will someday lead the nation.
Throughout the program, we teach teens about The Zoo’s mission and introduce teens to how the Zoo functions as a model of non-profit management. Teens will also participate in important group service projects. Public speaking, strategic planning, resume writing, and collaborating with others are some of the many skills explored through this program.
One time volunteer opportunities for teens 14 years old and older who are interested in supporting the Zoo’s large, family style events. Volunteers can help with games, crafts, welcoming guests, and much more. Participating as special event volunteer is perfect for teens who want to help, but are not able to make a regular commitment or miss the deadline for Junior Zoo Crew.