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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.

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 learn and practice their interpretation skills to share our animal saving messages with Zoo guests.

Dates and Times

The Zoo Crew Explorers program is a four-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.

2021 Zoo Crew Explorers summer dates are broken into four sessions:

  • Session 1: June 7-July 2
  • Session 2: June 21-July 16
  • Session 3: July 5-July 30
  • Session 4: July 19-August 13

All four weeks are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To participate, teens must be 13 years old by the start of the program on June 7th and they cannot turn 18 before the end of their selected session.

Zoo Crew Explorers Program Fees

  • Summer only: $250
  • Year-round: additional $200

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

Year-Round Zoo Crew

Applications and Interviews


Applications are now closed. Check back in January 2022 for next summer’s application.


Interviews will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, April 3rd. If selected for an interview, applicants will be able to sign up for a timeslot that works with their schedule.

All applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of April.


  • Orientation will be held virtually via Zoom.
  • Thursday, June 3rd 5-6pm
  • Both Zoo Crew and parents/guardians must attend

Information Session

Unable to attend our information sessions? Check back after to view a recording.

Check out our Adventure Programs for more ways for teens to get involved with the Houston Zoo!

Adventure Programs

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