Open every day of the year
Summer Hours (Mar 1 - Oct 31)
Admissions Open 9am to 5pm
Grounds close at 6pm
Ages 12-64: $17
Ages 65+: $14
Ages 3-11: $12
2 and Under: Free
2017 Free Days:
11/3, 11/6, 11/16
If you are passionate about animals, you enjoy working with kids, and have ever wanted to know what a zookeeper's day is like, Denver Zoo's Teen Volunteer Program, Zoo Crew, might be the place for you! Zoo Crew runs primarily in the summer months (June-August), and supports a variety of areas around the zoo.
We do not offer one-time volunteer or community service opportunities for school or court appointed teens.
Summer Safari: Denver Zoo’s summer camp is where Junior Crew members will earn most of their hours, assisting camp instructors with games, zoo tours, and educational activities.
Interpretive Stations: spend your day interacting with visitors of all ages as you lead activities such as educational games, showing animal biofacts, and talking about conservation with Zoo guests.
Special Events: All teens can expect to assist with at least one of the Zoo’s special events by running activity centers, helping with set up or leading interpretive stations.
Animal Department: First-year teen volunteers also have a few opportunities to assist veteran teen volunteers with daily animal husbandry responsibilities such as cleaning, diet preparation and animal enrichment. Teens 16 or older may also help at the Nurtrition Center, the Zoo’s animal kitchen.
After one summer of participation, teens are required to assist with one week of Summer Safari, one Special Event and to continue their work at Teen Interpretive Stations around the Zoo. In addition, the second year and beyond is a time when teens can tailor their own experience at the Zoo by applying to one or more Volunteen positions in the areas that they choose. Volunteen positions are available in a variety of departments, and are wonderful opportunities for increased responsibility and new experiences throughout the Zoo!
$150 nonrefundable tuition fee (due no later than May 1 of each year). Tuition Assistance is available. Visit Denver Zoo's Scholarship Page to apply (Select "Individual Program" ) Tuition helps cover costs of Zoo Crew T-shirt uniforms and name tag, as well as daily supervision, program supplies and materials, training and continuing education programs, annual award ceremony, social events and CampOUTs. Scholarship requests are due no later than April 15 each year.
For more information please call the Teen Programs Specialist at (720) 337-1491 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you to the generous support of:
Clifford and DeVee Lushbough
Additional Funding provided by: