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Teen Program

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

Program Details – Teen Crew

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: Four 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.
Age of participants: 14 – 17
Applications Due: April 19

Program Details – Teen Leaders
This program is for those who have already completed a year of the Teen Crew. Teen Leaders will be here the same hours and requirements as the Teen Crew, but have additional responsibility and act as a mentor to the Teen Crew participants.

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact or call 608-258-9490.

Teen Crew – Word Document Application | PDF Application

Teen Leader – Word Document Application | PDF Application

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