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We are now excepting applications for the Zoo Teen Program!

What is the Zoo Teen Program?

The Zoo Teen Program at the Henry Vilas Zoo endeavors to connect teens to the world around them through environmental and public engagement. We are committed to providing a meaningful and educationally hands on experience for those ages 14-17. The role of teen participants is to develop new leadership, interpretive, and public speaking skills while working alongside mentors and peers to promote the Zoo’s mission of education, conservation, and inspiration.

Through the course of the program, participants will:

· Engage in science and conservation education

· Learn about animals and husbandry

· Connect to the natural world and participate in environmental stewardship

· Discover zoo and non-profit professions and gain opportunities to continue in the field

· Develop leadership and social skills

· Explore guest engagement and exhibit interpretation skills

· Gain experience in a team-based environment

· Network with teens with similar interests

· Earn volunteer hours

Logistical Details

· Required Hours: 140 hours in summer (June-August) 60 hours for off season (September-May.) Each teen commits to the program for one year.

· Tuition Cost: $300

· Scholarships: 4 students who apply will receive a scholarship to participate. This scholarship is based on need and requires an additional letter of recommendation from a non-related adult.

· # of teens in 2018 program: 12-14

· Age of participants: 14-17

· Applications Due: April 20th

· Application Components:

o Zoo Teen Application

o Cover Letter

o One reference from an unrelated adult or teacher

Please click here to download an application.


Please send your completed application materials to the following address:

Henry Vilas Zoological Society
Attn: Nikki Darga
Madison, WI 53715

If you are interested and want further information, contact or call (608) 258-9490.