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Houston Zoo Teens

Alternative Teen Break

Ages 15-18

Are you a teen that loves wildlife and wild places, and wants to help protect them for the future? Join the Houston Zoo as we do something about it! Alternative Teen Break is a week-long conservation education program for Houston area teens ages 15-18. Participants will spend their 2015 spring break conducting valuable conservation fieldwork while learning about local plants and animals.

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Ten teens will be selected to participate in this program based on an application and interview process. Selected applicants must be able to attend all meetings as well as the entirety of the trip. 

Meeting Dates

  • Sunday, October 12, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 9, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 7, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 25, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 22nd, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 12, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • May meeting date will be determined at a later date

Trip Dates

  • Monday, March 16, starting at 6:00 pm and ending on Thursday, March 19, at 8:30 pm

We are no longer accepting applications for the Houston Zoo’s 2014 – 2015 Alternative Teen Break Program.  Check back in Summer 2015 for the 2015 – 2016 Alternative Teen Break application.


Teen Career Conference

Ages 12+
Sunday, January 25, 2015

Gain insight into animal-related career fields directly from Zoo staff and learn how to get involved through volunteer and internship opportunities at the Houston Zoo. Includes brief presentations by Zoo staff members and representatives from colleges and universities with animal-related fields of study. Light refreshments will be provided.

Schedule of events coming soon!

Per Attendee – $15

Parents are welcome, but must purchase a ticket.

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If you would like to be an exhibitor at this event, please contact  education@houstonzoo.org

Job Shadow Program

The Houston Zoo Job Shadow program offers high school students an opportunity to learn firsthand what it takes to make a Zoo run and experience what it is like to work at the Zoo.  Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and observe the daily duties of Zoo staff and volunteers to gain better insight into the career.  They will learn about the animals and experience some real world applications of the subjects they study in school.  This program runs from September through April.

 Job Shadow Program Description & Requirements

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Teen Volunteers – Summer & Fall Zoo Crew

The Summer & Fall Zoo Crew Programs are open to students ages 13-17 who seek to learn more about animals and conservation while gaining valuable job skills through a volunteer experience. The Zoo Crew provides youth a sneak peek at the daily operations of the Houston Zoo while simultaneously introducing them to the many different career options available in a zoological setting.

Please visit our Volunteer Page for program description and requirements, and application information.

Questions?  You can contact us at volunteer@houstonzoo.org for more information about Summer & Fall Zoo Crew.