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Jr. Zookeeper Club at Stone Zoo

Join us this fall for our Jr. Zookeeper club, offered in October, November and December. Each standalone session will focus on a different theme, and participants will get the opportunity to learn about the animals in our Zoo and what it takes to work with them!

Taught by Zoo educators, classes include hands-on activities, discussion, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes experiences. Each program includes progressive program topics focused on teaching students about working with Zoo animals and what paths to take in order to work at the Zoo one day! These programs are offered to children ages 11-13.

October: What’s the Deal with Training?

Date:
October 15, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Price:
$65 for members, $75 for non-members

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Program Description:
How do you teach an animal to receive vaccines, open their mouths or go into a crate without touching them? These are just some of the things that we teach our animals to do here at the zoo. Join us for our October session to learn about how we train our animals and why it’s so important. Maybe this will spark your interest in animal behavior as a future career!

November: Enriching Enrichment!

Date:
November 19, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Price:
$65 for members, $75 for non-members

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Program Description:
What do paper mache, diet presentation and a pool all have in common? They’re all different forms of enrichment, of course! In today’s session we’ll be learning about the importance of giving our animals enrichment and what items we can and cannot give to them. You may even be able to implement some of the things you learn with your dogs and cats at home!

December: Zoo Careers & Veterinary Sciences!

Date:
December 17, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Price:
$65 for members, $75 for non-members

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Program Description:
Want to learn more about the different career paths you could take to work in the zoo? In our final session in 2022, join us to learn about the zoo career opportunities that could await you, with a close look at veterinary sciences!

Class Size and Safety Information

Classes will be limited to 12 participants and held indoors, with certain activities and zoo walks that will be held outdoors. All staff are required to wear face coverings at all times, and children will be encouraged to wear theirs at all times as well. While indoors, all children will be seated at least 3 feet from each other. We encourage thorough hand-washing, and will be providing opportunities to wash and sanitize hands throughout the duration of the program. Due to new COVID-19 regulations, we are not able to offer opportunities to touch any of our ambassador animals that we will be meeting. Additionally, parent/guardian and unregistered sibling/friend attendance is not permitted.