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Zoo Teen Volunteer Program

The Zoo Teen Program is a multi-tiered service-learning program for teens with a strong interest in animal science, horticulture, education, conservation, Zoo Operations, and most importantly community service.  Participation in the Zoo Teen Program requires a significant time commitment with participants becoming an important part of the Zoo community.

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Zoo Crew (Introductory Program)

Applications For 2017 Now Available!

The Program begins with acceptance into Zoo Crew (ZC), a four week intensive training and service orientated experience focusing on the Zoo’s mission, its animal inhabitants, and its significant role in conservation while engaging teens in important group service projects. Zoo Crew provides teens 14-17 years of age with an opportunity to increase and share their knowledge of animals and the environment while gaining valuable volunteer experience in a zoo setting.  Once accepted into the program teens have the opportunity to volunteer throughout the school year and/or the following summer, participate in additional projects and special events. We are looking for outgoing, hardworking, and dedicated teens. Places in ZC are limited and admission is competitive; qualified applicants with a desire to continue with the Zoo Teen Volunteer Program beyond the summer will be given priority.

Applications for summer 2017 are now being accepted. Applications must be received by May 1, 2017, to be considered for this year’s program.


APPLICATION – New Participants



Zoo Teen Volunteer Program: Opportunities for returning teen volunteers

After one summer of successful participation in Zoo Crew, teens can apply to participate in additional volunteer opportunities.  Spaces within the Zoo Teen programs are limited and available only to those who have successfully completed the Zoo Crew program.

Program applications now available!

Zoo Camp Aide in Training- Zoo CAT Application

Zoo Teen (Education volunteer) Application