The ZooTeen program connects area teenagers to nature and builds successful, caring members of the community and the world. Over two years, the program will provide opportunities for ZooTeens to grow into young adults, ready to inspire positive changes in the world.

For more information: Please contact Syndi Castelluccio via email or by calling 803.602.0883.

What ZooTeens Do

  • Participate in outdoor adventure and exploration.
  • Work with Zoo guests.
  • Become an active member in the community through outreach activities (past partners have included Agape Senior Care, Epworth Children’s Home, Boys & Girls Clubs, Children’s Hospital, The Family Shelter, Palmetto Center for Women, and Jenni Lynn Assisted Living).
  • Build life skills such as personal and professional development, public speaking, college preparation and career goal planning.
  • Participate in conservation projects.
  • Handle and present the Zoo’s education animal collection.
  • Teach Zoo visitors exciting facts about wildlife.

Reasons to be a ZooTeen

Being a ZooTeen is a great way to meet new friends, have fun with peers and gain valuable life skills that will help lead to success. Plus ZooTeens provides an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the importance and impact of environmental and wildlife conservation on our future.

The ZooTeen volunteer program provides two years of fun, adventure, animal handling and training to develop team building, public speaking, leadership and job readiness skills—all while having a WILD TIME!

How to Apply

  • Registration is closed. We have reached capacity for our ZooTeen Volunteer Program for the Summer 2015 program session and are no longer accepting applications. Please check back soon as we will post updates when new opportunities become available.
  • Complete an interview to be selected for the program.
  • Attend a parent orientation.
  • ZooTeens attend a week-long session of team building, training and orientation.
  • Complete requirements for the two-year program.

Length of Commitment

ZooTeens is a two-year program that runs through the summer and throughout the school year. Additional years of the ZooTeen volunteer program are available by staff invitation only.

Summer weekly sessions starting in June are held Monday–Thursday, 9:00am–1:00pm. Participation is required for the 2 weeks of mandatory training and at least 4 additional weeks.

The program continues through the school year (September–May). Zoo Teen Participants will be required to attend a minimum number of meetings, events and presentations per year. Attendance will be monitored.

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