What will you be when you grow up?

Sixth graders from Rochester School #23 recently came for a visit to explore Zoo careers. After a video conference with Zoo professionals, students chose a career to shadow during three visits to the Zoo.

Some students followed our Assistant Curator and learned how to order and maintain animal food supplies as well as designing and creating animal exhibits. Others followed our Veterinary Technician and participated in animal husbandry and medical care activities. Zoo Education staff led groups that explored animal training, writing interpretive labels and designing and presenting education programs. A final group of students worked with our Communications Director and created social media posts and advertising material.

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In a final trip to the Zoo, students used recording equipment to document their visits during the program. They will share their career explorations with a second group of School #23 sixth graders who will join the program in February 2015. This program is a pilot made possible through a partnership with Monroe #1 BOCES and the Zoo plans to make it available to other schools and groups in the fall of 2015.

– Anneke Nordmark, Youth and School Groups Program Coordinator