Teen Assistants (T.A.)
Love animals and kids? We need your help! Come to camp as a Teen Assistant and spend three weeks helping to create a fun and exciting experience for campers. Help lead games, crafts and more—all while earning community service hours! Please note: This volunteer position does not offer hands-on experience with any animals.
Field Biology Workshops
Looking for a new way to engage your middle and high school science classes? Want to incorporate the new Next Generation Science Standards practices into your classroom? Get your students thinking, learning and acting like scientists with our new Field Biology Workshops!
Middle School, High School
Few experiences can affect teens like international travel. Oakland Zoo has a history of inspiring teens with trips to exotic locations such as Borneo, Guatemala, Peru, and Madagascar. 2017's trip was an incredible Andes to Amazon Ecology Program in beautiful Ecuador. Stay tuned for details of our next Teen Eco-Tour!
Teen Wild Guides
Our popular Teen Wild Guide (TWG) program is an important part of our volunteer corps, consisting of young people interested in animals, conservation and children. They are motivated, friendly and have a lot of fun! Participants will be trained as interpreters in the Valley Children's Zoo, teaching visitors about animals and monitoring the contact yard. As teens develop within the program, they will have the opportunity to plan and participate in service learning projects, assist keepers and gain leadership experience.
Your interactive, up close animal encounter hosted in our outdoor Wildlife Theater will provide an opportunity to explore your theme through observation and questioning, all while having fun, during this live animal presentation. After your program ends, your class, using their honed observational skills, can explore the Zoo at your own pace. This program is great for large groups with multiple classes and multiple age ranges.
Pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
P.O. Box 5238
9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605
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