Teen Wild Guides

Grades 9–12

At this time we still plan to bring on new Teen Wild Guides for our summer session, though we will be unable to hold the scheduled informational orientations. We are also extending the application deadline to May 15th, however this change of date is not reflected on the application forms themselves. If you have any questions, please contact us using the email at the bottom of this page.

Why Become a Teen Wild Guide? (TWG)

There are many reasons to consider joining this exciting program, including:

Roots & Shoots Affiliation

In addition, Teen Wild Guides are all members of and affiliated with Roots & Shoots, an international organization founded by Dr. Jane Goodall to promote conservation leadership and action among young people. Each semester teens will have the opportunity to earn their hours by participating in two or three teen-designed Roots & Shoots activities.

Conservation Support

In the past, we have raised money for conservation organizations around the world, created teen-led Zoo events such as the Asian Animal Festival and CaliforniaFest!, created pollinator habitats, participated in beach clean-ups, and assisted in sending thousands of pencils to students in Africa for environmental education.

Age Requirements and Responsibilities

Core Schedule

The teens' core schedule consists of working in the Valley Children's Zoo at a variety of stations designed to help children to learn about and experience our animals, including:

Application Process

Please review Teen Wild Guides Important Dates to ensure that you will be able to attend before applying to be a Teen Wild Guide.

How to Apply


Please read Teen Wilde Guide FAQ's. Still have questions? You can contact the Program Director, Teen Outreach at kgarchar@oaklandzoo.org or by phone at (510) 632-9525 ext. 207.