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Youth & Teen Programs

Opportunities to Grow


Every year, Zoo New England becomes a living classroom, offering formal and informal youth development programming. Education is an integral part of our mission and our commitment to serving as a community resource to our surrounding neighborhoods.

Through our youth programming, you’ll learn by doing. Find out what it takes to work at a Zoo while gaining valuable skills! Check out our programs to find the one that’s right for you.


For more information about these programs, contact the Youth Programs Office at 617-989-3746 or email.

Boston BioBlitz Initiative for Girls


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The Boston BioBlitz Initiative for Girls (BBIG) program engages young girls, ages 12-15, in meaningful STEM learning experiences through informal classroom activities, outdoor exploration and field trips to local urban wildlife areas.

Throughout the BBIG program, students will become experts on identifying local plant and animal wildlife in their community and make significant contributions to various biodiversity and citizen science projects. Students will also learn how to use wildlife observing platforms including iNaturalist and DataQuest

Please contact the BBIG program educator with questions or for more information.
Email: emiller@zoonewengland.org, phone: 617-989-2006.

Junior ZooTeen Program


Registration is now closed. Please check this site again for future dates.

About the program

The Jr. ZooTeen program is a creative and meaningful educational opportunity for highly-motivated youth ages 11 to 14. This program offers both a hands-on learning atmosphere as well as several mentoring relationships with senior staff members.

Throughout the program, participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to participate in animal encounters and behind-the-scenes experiences.
  • Gain respect for wildlife, plants and each other.
  • Learn how to work well with others through conflict resolution and teamwork.
  • Discover and develop talents and creativity.
  • Build oral, written and listening skills.
  • Gain leadership skills.

Upcoming Sessions:

During this Junior ZooTeen session we'll be exploring how ecosystems work and the importance of a healthy ecosystem!

Session dates:

February: 2 & 16
March: 2, 16, & 30
April: 13 & 27
May: 11

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Teen Ambassador Program (Paid)

Teen Ambassadors At Turtle Pond

Teen Ambassadors looking for endangered spotted turtles at Stony Brook Reservation Turtle Pond with the Zoo's Assistant Curator.

Upon completion of the ZooTeen Program, selected teens are given the opportunity to extend their work at the Zoo throughout the school year. Focusing on animal husbandry, education and community relations, Teen Ambassadors participate in a variety of activities, projects and meetings, as well as act as liaisons between the Zoo and the community.

Ages: 15-17 years old
Program Duration: October to May
Program Commitment: 15 hours per week

Applications distributed to Summer ZooTeens in mid-August.

ZooTeen Program (Paid)

Zooteen Gallery

The deadline to register for our 2019 program has passed. Please check this page again for future opportunities.

Through collaboration with the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, the Zoo is able to employ up to 55 teens each summer. Over a period of six weeks, these teens work in various departments, including but not limited to Animal Care, Development, Membership, and Guest Services. They attend professional development classes and participate in fun student activites.

For more information, contact the Youth Programs Office at 617-989-3746 or email.

Ages: 15-18 years old
Program Duration: Summer - July to August
Program Commitment: 25 hours per week