The Phoenix Zoo offers several programs to help teens explore careers, learn more about science and animals, and get directly involved with conservation. View the program descriptions below to learn more.
Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! These affordable and educational two-hour classes teach science through animal interactions, behind-the-scenes experiences, laboratory investigations, group projects, Zoo hikes and other inquiry-based learning activities. Designed for home school students, but open to all, Wild Science Academy is perfect for any young student with a desire to learn more about the science of zoos. Each class is also developed using Arizona Science Standards. For children ages 9 – 13 years.
March 2016: Ecosystem Science: Prey
Just as predators serve an important role in the ecosystem, so do their food items – the prey species. Though prey species take on many forms, from tiny insects to gigantic giraffes, they all face a similar challenge- avoiding being eaten! In this course, students explore defining features of prey species, investigate survival adaptations through hands-on simulation experiments and get up close to some fascinating creatures.
Dates and Times
March 16, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
March 19, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
April 2016: Ecosystem Science: Decomposers and Scavengers
It’s a dirty job, but someone or some species- has got to do it! The world would be a messy, dirty place without decomposers and scavengers. Students in this class will follow a day in the life of decomposers and scavengers, revealing the important services these organisms provide through investigative experiments, animal interactions and hands-on discovery.
Dates and Times
April 6, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
April 9, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
May 2016: Ecosystem Science: Conservation
Ecosystems are complex organizational structures, with many moving and nonmoving parts. How does such a balance exist, and what can we humans do to impact the system? Through case studies and up-close animal encounters, students will investigate population dynamics within an ecosystem and explore the role humans play in both helping and hindering such balance.
Dates and Times
May 18, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
May 21, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
ZooTeens is an eight-month values-based leadership program that connects teens with volunteering opportunities to learn about science, conservation and the animals inside the Phoenix Zoo. Through volunteer service, teens develop a keen sense of responsibility, self-confidence and public speaking, with opportunities for zoo career exploration. In addition to gaining valuable professional skills, ZooTeens receive the same Phoenix Zoo benefits as our adult volunteers.
ZooTeens primarily spend their time interacting with Zoo guests through games, crafts, activities and the presentation of animal artifacts. Occasionally, ZooTeens may also present small animals to guests to demonstrate caregiving or natural history concepts.
Any teenager age 14 – 17 that has an interest in the Zoo, the natural world, and helping their community is welcome to apply.