ZooTeens & ZooTeen Leaders


The ZooTeen program gives young adults the opportunity to work together with like-minded peers from around the region, as well as with the Seneca Park Zoo education team, to help educate the public about the animals in our conservation care and the importance of saving animals from extinction.

ZooTeens act as ambassadors of the Zoo while exploring their interests in animals, ecology, and conservation. Throughout the day, teams of ZooTeens make presentations and invite zoo guests to participate in interactive, fun learning activities at various stations throughout the Zoo. Activities include the use of animal artifacts (biofacts), educational games, and answering guests’ questions.

ZooTeens go through an initial training at the beginning of the season and ongoing training experiences throughout the summer. These trainings build confidence, communication skills, and background knowledge.

Who: Any teen who has completed 7th through 12th grade at the start of the summer. 

Where: Seneca Park Zoo

When: Minimum of 2 days per week, July 5- August 20, 2017.  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The program runs seven days a week and we try our best to work around summer jobs, family activities, sports, and vacations).


  • Submit a completed application, which includes a brief essay and a letter of reference from a teacher.
  • A face-to-face interview for new ZooTeens (scheduled during the first two weeks in May)
  • Participation in training (June 17 or 24)
  • Completion of 7th through 12th grade at the start of the summer.


There is a fee of $100, due upon acceptance, to participate in the ZooTeen Program. This fee covers the cost of:

ZooTeen T-shirt
End-of-season picnic


ZooTeen applications are now closed.

ZooTeen interviews: May 2017

ZooTeen training dates: Two Saturdays in June 2017

ZooTeen program dates: July 5 through August 21, 2017

ZooTeen Leaders

The ZooTeen Leaders program encourages teens in grades 9-12 to become a force for conservation and education and to be stewards of the Earth’s natural resources. The program empowers teens by equipping them with the resources and skills needed to be ambassadors for the Zoo. This program also provides teens the opportunity to develop public speaking and leadership skills, while exploring the vast array of career opportunities within the Zoo in conservation and animal sciences.

The ZooTeen Leaders program is a year-long opportunity to learn at the Zoo through engaging activities, staff presentations, and guest speakers. ZooTeen Leaders attend weekly meetings and work on projects that develop team-building, communication skills, and conservation knowledge. ZooTeen Leaders also serve as mentors for the summer ZooTeen program, helping to develop training for ZooTeens and content for ZooTeen summer stations and acting as role models for their peers.

Who: Students entering 9th through 12th grade.

Where: Seneca Park Zoo

When: Mid-October through mid-August. Meetings take place from 6-8 pm once a week on a weeknight and occasional weekend days from October through June. ZooTeen Leaders will also participate in the ZooTeen summer program, volunteering two full-days at the Zoo for six weeks from July through August.


Applicants should be entering grades 9-12.


There is a fee of $150, due upon acceptance. Payment plans are available. This fee covers the cost of:

ZooTeen Leader polo shirt
Guest Speakers
Summer Program
Field trips


ZooTeen Leader applications are now closed.  Applications for 2017-2018 will be available in September 2017.

ZooTeen Leader Interviews: October

ZooTeen Leader program dates: mid-October through end of August


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M&T Bank