Are you a high school student (boy or girl) between the ages of 14 and 20, have an interest in exploring careers related to animals, have a desire to learn and teach about animals, or want to learn and practice leadership skills? If so, you need to check us out.
Explorers spend time at the zoo 3 different ways:
Junior Docents You choose an area or animal that you are interested in and get trained to educate people about the animal. With training and experience you can teach visitors about the animals, give live animal talks, host an information booth, or conduct zoo tours for children.
Junior Volunteers: You will primarily participate in projects that help the zoo achieve its mission, such as zoo beautification and keeper support. You may also be trained to help keepers take care of animals’ needs including nutrition, habitat, and enrichment. Junior Volunteers may assist in office tasks, grounds and maintenance projects and programs.
Youth Officers and Activity Chairpersons: You may plan and lead the meetings and activities of the post which can include Lock-Ins at the Zoo and road trips to other zoos. This is a youth led program with adult advisers available to facilitate discussions and help with planning, but decisions are made and carried out by the youth. Off-site trips are supervised and chaperoned. Participants are chosen by merit and funds are raised by the Explorers to fund the trip.
Senior Explorers and Advisers: An Explorer with this title mentors younger Explorers. You may oversee planning and execution of projects at the zoo and in the community. Senior Explorers must be 18 or older and Advisers must be at least 21.
Registration includes a small fee of $20 to cover insurance and T-shirt. Orientation is necessary and additional training will be scheduled for specific activities. Explorers are recognized based on the number of volunteer hours they put in and for activities that they plan to lead at the zoo. There are rules in order to maintain safety and learn responsibility. These rules will be covered in orientation.
General Meeting held on Sunday afternoon 12:00noon – 2:00pm, with the meeting Sunday announced via email or telephone. New and prospective explorers and their friends are welcome to attend these meetings.
Youth Leadership Meeting will be planned and announced each month at the General Meeting.
Explorer Work Days are the First and Third Saturday of Each Month from 9am to 12noon. Explorers must call ahead to let the Adviser know of your arrival so that an assignment can be made.
If you would like to join, come to our next meeting. Call the Zoo at 318-329-2400 to learn when the meeting is scheduled. Ask for the Senior Explorer Adviser.
To find out more about our program, please e-mail your name and contact
information and we will get in touch with you soon as possible.
318-329-2400 or email > firstname.lastname@example.org