ZooTeens is a volunteer program for 13 through 17 year-olds interested in wildlife, people, and helping HPZS.
ZooTeens commit to 20 hours of service each semester and are in charge of one major project for the zoo.
Zooteens are involved with many different things as the zoo. They are responsible for putting on an Earth Day Celebration, help with major Zoo events, booths on the Square and help educate the visiting public about the animals that live at the zoo.
The ZooTeen program starts each semester with an orientation. Teens will participate in team building, animal workshops, and other events. Depending on the time of year, teens may have the opportunity to volunteer for Zoo Camps, special events, and weekend programs.
Teens get to decide on animal workshops they want to learn about, projects they want to work on, and other opportunities (workshop example: animal food prep.)
- Spring Semester: Jan to May
- Fall Semester: Sept to Dec
- Summer Semester: June to Aug. –For Teens already in the program ONLY
ZooTeen must begin the program at the start of a semester. ZooTeens may continue on to other semesters as long as they can participate in at least 20 hours of service each semester.
Once a teen turns 18, he or she can begin training to go on to the docent program.