Just 4 Teens

Investigate Zoo life with our many teen programs.  We offer seasonal as well as year-long programs including internships, our popular Conservation Discovery Corps and our Explorer Post.  Our programs will inspire and motivate teens looking for hands-on Zoo life experience.

Investigate Zoo careers from animal care to development and marketing, to visitor services and maintenance to Zoo director.  Teens, 14 - 18 interested in learning more about Zoos and Zoo careers are welcome to join our Explorer Post.  Zoo Explorer Post members attend career workshops with hands-on activities, take part in job shadows, develop a public presentation and create a year-end project. Program fee of $85 covers all project materials.  To register:
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Get involved with local conservation education and field work.  Qualified high school students will have the opportunity to work side by side with field biologists, study the role of zoos in conservation and help educate the zoo’s visitors.  This is a year-long program with the opportunity for greatest involvement during the summer months.  Applications accepted January 1stthrough January 15theach calendar year. Training starts in February. To register:
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Find out what it takes to be a Zoo keeper, educator, horticulturist or more.  Internships are available for active students entering, or in, college.  This volunteer opportunity requires a high level of commitment for an experience of a life time. Summer internships are fairly competitive; additional opportunities are available in the fall and spring.  Internships are available in Animal Care, Education, Horticulture, Veterinary Care and Entomology Research. Summer application deadline is February 14th.  Please call our Volunteer Office at 203-330-6046 for more information. 

For youth between 7 and 18 who are interested in learning more about the animals at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. Meetings are held in the mornings at the Zoo on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from September to the end of June. Members work alongside Animal Care staff cleaning and maintaining the Farmyard animals. All new members must be signed up by the end of May.  Call (203) 332-4249 Sunday - Thursday for more information.