New teen program launches this fall

Photo by Tina Crandall-Gommel

Photo by Tina Crandall-Gommel

Now that students have been back to school for a couple of weeks, it’s time to start exploring extra-curricular activity options for the 2013-14 school year. At Seneca Park Zoo, we are launching a new program for conservation-minded teens. It’s a program that gives teens the chance to stay connected to the Zoo year round (during the school year).

If you are a student between the ages of 13-18, and are interested in pursuing a deeper understanding of conservation issues, careers in animal related fields and developing leadership and communication skills that can be carried into any chosen career field, check out our ZooTeen Leader Program. Our ZooTeen Leaders will be ambassadors for Seneca Park Zoo’s mission in their communities, carrying the message of conservation with them. They will also be the leaders of our summer ZooTeen program, creating programming for and training our incoming teens.

Teens that are selected for this unique program will have the opportunity to interface with a variety of Zoo employees to learn about the careers that interest them, make connections with teen programs at other institutions, present at public events about the conservation messages they learn, and even travel with the Zoo to learn about animals and conservation. The teens learning about careers will culminate in the facilitation of a career conference held here at the Zoo. Teens will plan as well as manage all of the activities for the day and promote the event.

Our exciting program will include field trips to other zoos and aquariums, citizen science through Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s FrogWatch Program, conservation projects with organizations such as Polar Bears International, guest speakers and participation in outreach events.

For more information and to apply for the ZooTeen Leader Program, click here,

– Tina Crandall-Gommel, Youth and School Groups Programs Coordinator