Teen Naturalist Programs

Program Description

Are you interested in animals and the environment? Have you ever wanted to work in a zoo? Are you looking for something wild to do this summer? Then become a Zoo Teen Naturalist!


Program Details

Junior Zoo Teen Naturalist – For teens 13-14 years old

Session 1: July 12 – July 28, 2021 (Mon, Tues, Wed) 

Session 2: Aug 2 – Aug 18, 2021 (Mon, Tues, Wed) 

Junior Zoo Teen Naturalists will investigate the animal world by exploring topics like exhibit design, animal care, animal handling and more. Each week will be full of hands-on activities and live animal encounters that will teach you more about the Zoo.

Join us for three weeks during the summer every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Program is limited to 8 participants per session.

Program Fee: $315 members/$350 non-member



Zoo Teen Naturalist – For teens 15-17 years old 

Session 1: July 14 – July 30, 2021 (Wed, Thurs, Fri)

Session 2: Aug 4  – Aug 20, 2021 (Wed, Thurs, Fri)

Zoo Teen Naturalists will have the opportunity to get more hands-on here at the Buffalo Zoo. This internship-like program is for the older teen who is serious about expanding their animal knowledge and considering a career with animals. Be prepared for real-life animal experiences and opportunities for animal encounters and animal handling!

Join us for three weeks during the summer every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Program is limited to 8 participants per session.

Program Fee: $335 member/$370 non-member



UPDATES REGARDING COVID-19: We take the health of our participants very seriously and we will be adhering to all of the CDC’s recommendations for summer day camps in order to provide our teens with a safe experience. Participants must have their own cloth face mask and follow rules for social distancing and hand washing as outlined by Zoo Staff. Teens will have their temperatures read with a contactless thermometer and will answer a few questions regarding symptoms daily upon entry to the Zoo. We appreciate your cooperation as we do our part to protect our teens!

Entrance Location: Participants will enter through the Buffalo Zoo main entrance gate at 10:00 a.m. and should be picked up at the same entrance at 3:00 p.m.

NO LUNCHES ARE PROVIDED due to individual food preferences, allergies, and dietary restrictions. Participants should bring a bagged lunch.

Appropriate clothing must be worn. The program will operate rain or shine so participants should dress for the weather. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Flip flops and sandals are not allowed.

Tuberculosis testing is required. As a standard procedure, all zoo staff members, volunteers and other individuals who come in close contact with the animals are required to undergo annual testing for TB. Written proof of negative TB test results is required prior to the start of the program.