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Adventure Programs

Teens will explore natural areas in Texas and participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, etc. They will also participate in conservation projects such as beach clean-ups and habitat restoration.

  • Open to all accepted Zoo Crew members throughout the year
  • Open to all teens, ages 13-17, in non-summer months (February-April, October-December). This includes teens not accepted into the Zoo Crew program.

Upcoming Adventure Programs

 

January 15: Bobcats, Landfills, and Recycling
$50.00 per Participant

Plastic recycling is one of the Houston Zoo’s Take Action Initiatives. You’ll often see Houston Zoo staff or Zoo Crew talking about plastic recycling and reduction in front of the aquarium or sea lion exhibit, but plastic recycling impacts more than just ocean animals. We’ll learn how recycling your plastics can affect bobcat habitat and observe a bobcat training session with one of our Children’s Zoo keepers. You’ll get a behind the scenes look at the process the Houston Zoo goes through to sort our recycling and get it to the proper facilities and then we’ll take a trip to Houston’s local recycling center and get an inside look into their facilities and process once it leaves the Zoo.

We’ll meet in front of Gate 8 at 8 AM then enter the Zoo for our behind the scenes tour and bobcat training session. At 9:30 AM we’ll take the Zoo van to the recycling center for our tour and return to the Zoo by noon.

 

February 17: Abandoned Crab Trap Clean-Up with Galveston Bay Foundation
$50.00 per Participant

Join us at Fort Anahuac Park in assisting Texas Parks and Wildlife and Galveston Bay Foundation remove abandoned crab traps from our waterways. Abandoned crab traps cause significant harm to our native wildlife and negatively affect coastal habitats. By removing these crab traps we will be helping to protect sensitive ecosystems. We will also be cleaning up trash and debris from the shores and collecting monofilament fishing line left behind to be recycled.

We will meet at the Houston Zoo in front of Gate 8 at 7:45AM and return to the Zoo by 2:30PM. Transportation will be provided by the Houston Zoo.

Snacks and lunch will be provided by Galveston Bay Foundation. Please wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

 

March 24: Kayaking in Galveston Island State Park
$50.00 per Participant

Galveston Island State Park has miles of beautiful paddling trails. We will take a private kayaking tour led by State Park Rangers through the calm waters of the Gulf Coast barrier island ecosystem. We may spot some spoonbills, egrets, and herons along the way. After our kayaking tour, we’ll eat lunch in the park and explore their many trails or head down to the beach.

We will meet at the Houston Zoo in front of Gate 8 at 7:45 AM and return to the Zoo by 3 PM. Transportation will be provided by the Houston Zoo.

Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and/or dirty. Also bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, and any other necessary supplies for a day outside.

 

April 21st: Surfside Jetty Clean-Up with the Sea Lion Team
$50.00 per Participant

Spend the day with our Sea Lion keepers and help protect ocean animals by removing trash from the Surfside Jetty.

We will meet at the Houston Zoo in front of Gate 8 at 8:30AM and return to the Zoo at 3:30PM. Transportation will be provided by the Houston Zoo.

Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and/or wet. Also bring a sack lunch and water bottle.

 

May 5th: High Island Birding
$50.00 per Participant

High Island is an important stopping place for migratory birds. The Smith Oaks Sanctuary on High Island is a favored nesting spot for waterbirds. Every spring roseate spoonbills create a rookery, a large breeding colony, in the Smith Oaks Sanctuary. Birders come from all over to witness and photograph this incredible site.

We will meet at the Houston Zoo at Gate 8 at 8 AM. We will drive the Zoo van to High Island and spend the day exploring, birding, and observing the nesting spoonbills. We will return to the Zoo by 3 PM.

Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Also bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, and any other necessary supplies for a day outside.

 

 


Questions? Email us at teenprograms@houstonzoo.org or call us at 713-533-6567