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Connecting area teenagers with nature and building successful, caring members of the community.

ZooTeen youth development programs are not only fun and a great way to meet new friends, but they also provide opportunities to develop job-readiness and life skills while serving as an ambassador for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

For more information, please call 803.602.0887 or email Grace Fields.

Summer ZooTeens A teen program that runs for 8 weeks from June-August. Teens will participate in volunteer activities, team-building, trainings and hands-on learning. Activities in the past have included aiding Zoo Camp classrooms, education programs, craft preparation, and more.

Summer ZooTeens will be required to attend a Spring orientation, two mandatory trainings, education workshops and complete a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer shifts at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Attendance will be monitored. All participants in good standing will have the opportunity to apply for the ZooTeen Conservation Team that runs from October to May.

Space is very limited in this program. No experience is required, but we do ask for these requirements:

  • Must be in or entering high school in fall 2019 and must be at least 14 years old.
  • Support Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and its mission.
  • Complete the interview process.
  • Attend Summer ZooTeens orientation and all mandatory trainings.
  • Complete program required hours (min. 80/summer, max 120/summer).
  • Must be comfortable speaking in public and interacting with different ages and cultures.
  • Provide negative TB test results.
  • Upon application, present 2 letters of recommendation and a 1-page interest letter.

Now accepting applications until March 1, 2019 for this coming summer.

Upon receiving the completed application, selected students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Efforts are made to place students in their area of interest.

ZooTeens Conservation Team Coming Soon! Applications for the ZooTeens Conservation Team year-round program will reopen in May 2019.