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.

Program Topics:

  • September – December 2015
  • January – May 2016

September 2015: Classifying Organisms

Dates and Times
September 23, 2015, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
September 26, 2015, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Program Fee
Member One Child: $18
Member Two Children: (+$12)
Member Three children: (+22)
General One Child: $30
General Two Children: (+$24)
General Three Children: (+$44)
Register

October 2015: Cell Anatomy and Physiology

Dates and Times
October 14, 2015, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
October 17, 2015, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Program Fee
Member One Child: $18
Member Two Children: (+$12)
Member Three children: (+22)
General One Child: $30
General Two Children: (+$24)
General Three Children: (+$44)
Register

November 2015: Animal Senses

Dates and Times
November 11, 2015, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
November 14, 2015, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Program Fee
Member One Child: $18
Member Two Children: (+$12)
Member Three children: (+22)
General One Child: $30
General Two Children: (+$24)
General Three Children: (+$44)
Register

December 2015: Amazing Adaptations

Dates and Times
December 16, 2015, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
December 19, 2015, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Program Fee
Member One Child: $18
Member Two Children: (+$12)
Member Three children: (+22)
General One Child: $30
General Two Children: (+$24)
General Three Children: (+$44)
Register

January 2016: Animal Survivors

Dates and Times
January 20, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
January 23, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Program Fee
Member One Child: $18
Member Two Children: (+$12)
Member Three children: (+22)
General One Child: $30
General Two Children: (+$24)
General Three Children: (+$44)
Register

February 2016: Ecosystem Science: Predators

Dates and Times
February 17, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
February 20, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Program Fee
Member One Child: $18
Member Two Children: (+$12)
Member Three children: (+22)
General One Child: $30
General Two Children: (+$24)
General Three Children: (+$44)
Register

March 2016: Ecosystem Science: Prey

Dates and Times
March 16, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
March 19, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Program Fee
Member One Child: $18
Member Two Children: (+$12)
Member Three children: (+22)
General One Child: $30
General Two Children: (+$24)
General Three Children: (+$44)
Register

April 2016: Ecosystem Science: Decomposers and Scavengers

Dates and Times
April 6, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
April 9, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Program Fee
Member One Child: $18
Member Two Children: (+$12)
Member Three children: (+22)
General One Child: $30
General Two Children: (+$24)
General Three Children: (+$44)
Register

May 2016: Ecosystem Science: Conservation

Dates and Times
May 18, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
May 21, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Program Fee
Member One Child: $18
Member Two Children: (+$12)
Member Three children: (+22)
General One Child: $30
General Two Children: (+$24)
General Three Children: (+$44)
Register

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.