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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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ZooTeens! is a specialized program for teens between the ages of 13 (if they have completed the 8th grade) and 17 years old. This program has an extensive application process and higher level of commitment than our Special Event Teen program. Entry into this program is based on the teen's application (including essay questions), letter of recommendation, teacher evaluation, and interviews.

ZooTeens! is a year-round program but teens can choose to specialize in one of two tracks over the summer: as a conservation specialist and/or as a summer camp counselor. Conservation specialists educate Zoo guests about conservation and ways they can help wildlife at home. Summer camp counselors engage with children attending summer camp using crafts and activities and assist with the campers in the Zoo.

ZooTeens! is a competitive and elite program; not all teens will be accepted. If accepted into this program a ZooTeen! will enjoy the following:

  • Build your resume
  • Earn community service hours for school
  • Share your love for animals with Zoo guests
  • Learn about local and worldwide conservation
  • Assist with summer camp
  • Form friendships with teens who love the Zoo too
  • Make memories that will last a lifetime
  • Explore animal and conservation related careers
  • Enjoy one overnight after-dark program inside the Zoo
  • Go behind the scenes at the Zoo
  • End of the summer party and awards ceremony
Please apply on our website here: https://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/zoo-teens

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About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens


370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218, US

Mission Statement

Mission Statement:
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens fosters understanding of the interaction of people, wildlife, and their environment by:

  • Creating experiences that engage our guests.
  • Providing innovative educational opportunities.
  • Funding operations, expansion and programs through an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Instilling passion in the next generation as responsible stewards of the future.

Inspiring discovery of the earth's wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment.


Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth's wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to the consistently improving. Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with over 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,500 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida's First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.

Education & Literacy


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370 Zoo PkwyJacksonville, FL 32218



  • General Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Education
  • Horticulture
  • Environmental Science
  • STEM


  • Teens


  • Must be at least 13
  • Orientation or Training
  • 100 hrs of volunteer service over the summer months. 4 hrs per months during the school year.

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