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.

Available Programs:

Wild Science Academy (Ages 9 – 13 years)

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.

Additional dates and programs coming soon.


ZooTeens (Ages 14 – 17)

ZooTeens is a great opportunity for teens to get started early in volunteering and learning about science, conservation, animals and much more. The program also helps develop a keen sense of responsibility, self-confidence, public speaking abilities and career skills. 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 the Zoo public through games, crafts, activities and the presentation of animal artifacts. Occasionally, ZooTeens may also present small animals to Zoo guests to demonstrate caregiving or natural history concepts.

Any teenager age 14 – 17 that has an interest in the Zoo, natural world and helping their community is welcome to apply.

Please visit our ZooTeens program page for more information.