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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. These programs are offered to children ages 11-13.

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!

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Capacity: 12

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

October: Turtle Tracking (Conservation)

Our conservation team has many very important jobs. Today, we’re taking a closer look at one of those jobs: turtle tracking! Different species of turtles here in Massachusetts need a little bit of extra help and our conservation team is up to the challenge. We’ll spend time learning about what species of turtles are getting help and how Zoo New England’s conservationists do it!

Dates: *Please note, these sessions will be following the SAME CURRICULUM. *

  • Saturday, October 28
  • Sunday, October 29

Age: 11-13 years old (grades 6-8)

Register for October Sesssion

November: Claws & Teeth (Safe Interactions with Wildlife)

It's exciting to imagine what it's like to see a black bear on a trail in the mountains of New Hampshire or to discover a moose in the hills of Western Massachusetts. It can also be exciting to see an animal that you’ve never seen before while visiting our Zoo, or even seeing cute videos shared online. In today’s program, we’re going to learn about how we can safely interact with wildlife, whether you're seeing them on the trails, observing them in a Zoo habitat or as you scroll social media.  

Date: Saturday, November 18

Age: 11-13 years old (grades 6-8)

Register for November Session

December: Meal Prep

Each animal has different food requirements, but we already know who a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore is. Today we’re taking a closer look at the specific foods in several animals' meals to better understand why each animal gets what it gets, and why these foods help support health.

Date: Saturday, December 16

Age: 11-13 years old (grades 6-8)

Register for December Session

Class Size and Safety Information

Classes will be limited to 12 participants and held indoors, with certain activities and zoo walks  held outdoors. Parent/guardian and unregistered sibling/friend attendance is not permitted.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations may be made more than two weeks prior to the program and will receive a 75% refund
  • A transfer to a similar program may be possible if requested at least 48 hours in advance. A small fee will be charged for any change in your registration.
  • No refunds will be given to no-shows
  • To cancel or request a transfer please contact the Education Department at SZcamp@zoonewengland.org