you a high school student (boy or girl) between
the ages of 14 and 18, 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.
spend time at the zoo 3 different ways:
Docents choose an area or animal
that you are interested in and get trained
to educate individuals and groups about them
at the zoo. With enough training and experience
you might, teach guests about the animals,
give live animal talks, host information booths,
or conduct zoo tours for children. Junior
Docents enjoy learning about animals, talking
to people and sharing their enthusiasm about
participate in projects that help the zoo achieve
its mission, such as zoo beautification and
keeper support. Also, they may be trained to
help keepers take care of animals needs (nutrition,
habitat, and enrichment). Junior Volunteers
may also assist in office tasks, grounds/maintenance
projects and program research.
Officers and Activity Chairpersons
plan and lead the meetings and activities of
the post. This includes Lock-Ins
at the Louisiana
Purchase Gardens & Zoo as well as
trips to other zoo's. This is a youth led program
with adult advisors available to facilitate
discussions and help with planning, but decisions
are made and carried out by the youth.
Senior Explorers and Advisors
are mentors to the younger explorers. They oversee
the planning and execution of projects at the
zoo and in the community. Senior Explorers must
be 18 or older and Advisors must be at least
registered by paying $20 to purchase a t-shirt,
an Orientation is a must and additional
training will be scheduled for specific activities.
Explorers are recognized based on the number
of volunteer hours they put in (service awards)
and for activities that they plan to lead
(leadership awards) at the zoo.
Meeting held the First Saturday
each month at 9:30am.
New and prospective explorers and their
friends are welcome to attend these meetings.
Leadership Meeting held the
Third Saturday each month at 9:30am.
Explorer officers and committee chairs
meet to plan the next General Meeting and upcoming
are the First and Third Saturday of Each Month
from 9am to 12noon
must make an appointment at least 2 weeks
ahead of time to be considered for an assignment.
Helper Assignments - Scheduled 1 month in
Education Helper Assignments - Scheduled
1 month in advance
For other Activities, check with
the Youth Officers or Advisors.
If you would like to join, come to the work day
the zoo on
the first Saturday of the month.
That's when we have our new explorer and visitors
meeting at 10am.
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.
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