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Camps & Classes :: Youth Programs

Youth Programs

The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park offer opportunities for youth between the ages of 13 and 17. These exciting programs give a wide variety of experiences to teens looking into the field of animal management and conservation education.

Dallas Zoo Teen Science Café


Teen Science Café out-of-school programs are a free, fun way for teens to explore the big advances in science and technology affecting their lives. Teens and STEM experts engage in lively conversations and activities to explore a topic deeply. Teen Science Café is open to all high school students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Teen Science Café meets on select Sundays from 2-4 p.m. at the Dallas Zoo.

2019 Dates: March 3, April 28, May 19

Program Fee: None, but an RSVP is required.

President’s Day CodeSLAM
In partnership with CodeStream Studios

CodeSLAM is a computer coding event that challenges curious and self-motivated youth to learn to build in one of three pathways: web, game or app creation. Join CodeSTREAM Studios this President’s Day at the Dallas Zoo, as we explore the web development pathway and learn to make a website trivia quiz about your favorite animals.

Participants of the CodeSLAM will learn the basics of programming for the web during our CodeTalk and then visit a section of the Dallas Zoo to collect animal facts for their web project. Participants will be using an online platform when coding their projects and will requite access to an active email address, if they would like to save their work for later viewing.

Program fee: $60 members/$75 non-members

Dates coming soon

Zoo Corps

Zoo Corps consists of diverse high school students who select an environmental or animal issue and create a real-world solution. This year-long program is designed for teens, run by teens, and makes a direct impact in our community and world. Zoo Corps applications close on Sept. 15.

*Note: hands-on contact and direct work with animals IS NOT a key feature of the Zoo Corps program.

Program Fee: $75

Zoo Corps applications are now closed for the 2018-19 school year.

Zoo Crew 

Zoo Crew, formerly known as the Youth Volunteer Program, is the Dallas Zoo’s new program for youth age 13-17. As a member of Zoo Crew, you will get the chance to:

  • Learn and build upon public speaking skills throughout various areas of the Dallas Zoo
  • Assist with animal care duties
  • Assist with education programs and camps
  • Explore zoo career options
  • Volunteer for special event opportunities

Zoo Crew Training Program*   Year-Round/Returning Zoo Crew
*Zoo Crew Training is a prerequisite for joining Zoo Crew.