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First Year Zoo Crew Explorers

Teens, ages 13-17, participating in Zoo Crew for the first time have the opportunity to explore everything that the Houston Zoo does to save animals in the wild.

Program Overview:

From zookeepers, to groundskeepers, to our marketing department, Zoo Crew Explorers will learn about all the different career possibilities and how each of our staff members are active in saving wildlife. They will also have the opportunity to share our animal saving messages with Zoo guests through interactive activities and mentor our campers in our Camp Zoofari summer camp.

The Zoo Crew Explorers program is a 5 week summer program. All first year teens, regardless of age, must complete a summer of Zoo Crew Explorers before they are able to participate in our year-round programming.

2018 Zoo Crew Explorers summer dates are broken into two sessions:

  • Session 1: June 4-July 6
  • Session 2: July 9-August 10

Zoo Crew Explorers runs Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Throughout each of these sessions.

Once first year teens have completed the Zoo Crew Explorers program they are eligible to continue their experience in our year-round teen programs.

Zoo Crew Explorers Program Fees

  • Summer only: $150
  • Year-round: additional $100




Applications and Interviews

Applications for 2018 Zoo Crew Explorers will open Monday, January 29th. Check out our Adventure Programs for more ways to be involved with the Houston Zoo Teen Programs. 

Interested in learning more about the Houston Zoo Teen Programs? Sign up to attend one of our information sessions.

Information Sessions will be held in the Brown Education Center at the Houston Zoo on the following dates:

Thursday, January 25, 2018 6pm-7pm

Saturday, January 27, 2018 11am-12pm

*Please note that this does not sign a teen up for the program, only for an information session.

Questions? Email us at or call us at 713-533-6567