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. Returning ZooTeens have the opportunity to assist with ZooCamp.
ZooTeens attend one training session at the beginning of the season and participate in skill building experiences throughout the summer. These trainings build confidence, communication skills, and background knowledge.
Who: Any teen who is entering grades 8-12 or will graduate high school this year
Where: Seneca Park Zoo
When: Minimum of 2 days per week, July – Mid August, 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.)
There is a fee of $100, due at training session.
Need-based scholarships available upon request.
Information about next summer’s ZooTeen program will be available once the application is posted in January.