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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: Sept. 22, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 19

Program Fee: None, but an RSVP is required.

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


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Applicants will be contacted if they are accepted into the Zoo Corps program after the application process.

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.