We are now excepting applications for the Zoo Teen Program!
What is the
Zoo Teen Program?
The Zoo Teen
Program at the Henry Vilas Zoo endeavors to connect teens to the world around
them through environmental and public engagement. We are committed to providing
a meaningful and educationally hands on experience for those ages 14-17. The role
of teen participants is to develop new leadership, interpretive, and public
speaking skills while working alongside mentors and peers to promote the Zoo’s
mission of education, conservation, and inspiration.
course of the program, participants will:
in science and conservation education
about animals and husbandry
to the natural world and participate in environmental stewardship
zoo and non-profit professions and gain opportunities to continue in the field
leadership and social skills
guest engagement and exhibit interpretation skills
experience in a team-based environment
· Network with
teens with similar interests
· Earn volunteer
· Required Hours: 140 hours in summer (June-August) 60 hours
for off season (September-May.)
Each teen commits to the program for one year.
· Tuition Cost: $300
· Scholarships: 4 students who apply will receive a
scholarship to participate. This scholarship is based on need and requires an
additional letter of recommendation from a non-related adult.
· # of teens in 2018 program: 12-14
· Age of participants: 14-17
· Applications Due: April 1st
· Application Components:
o Zoo Teen
o Cover Letter
reference from an unrelated adult or teacher
Please click here to download an application.
Please send your completed application materials to the following address:
Henry Vilas Zoological Society
Attn: Nikki Darga
Madison, WI 53715