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.
February 13: Teen Career Conference
The Phoenix Zoo is excited to once again host its Teen Career Conference! This is an opportunity for teens and their parents to explore many different careers in animal science. Attendees will learn about a wide range of animal science fields directly from dedicated professionals who have made animal care and conservation their life’s work.
Through specially selected speaker panels, attendees will hear from experts in Zoology, Conservation, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Care working both within the Zoo and in the field. The speakers will offer insights into their career paths and advice on breaking into their respective fields.
Representatives from the Zoo and other scientific and educational institutions from around the Valley will be on hand to talk one-on-one with teens and their parents. They will offer information about their programs and opportunities for teens to begin working toward their careers right now. Volunteer opportunities, camps and other programs will also be highlighted.
All teens and their parents are welcome to attend.
$10 per person
February 13, 2016 | Noon – 3 p.m.
Check-in begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Zoo’s main entrance*
*All guests must pre-register online or by calling Reservations at 602.914.4333
February 2016: Ecosystem Science: Predators
Lions, Tigers and Bears! Oh my! Predators around the world are often feared and revered for their unbelievable strength, stealth and survival tactics. They are also integral members of their ecosystems. Students will explore common traits among some of the world’s top predators though guided discovery, animal encounters and a case study investigation.
Dates and Times
February 17, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
February 20, 2016, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
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 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.