Teen Career Discovery Programs


Adult Career Discovery Programs are also available.


Marine Biologist for a Day

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Spend the day in the South Pacific Aquarium learning how to identify and feed sharks, how to prepare food, and all about our coral farm. See what it takes to be a real-life aquarist and meet our Marine Mammal Trainers! Due to the hands-on nature of the course, we limit each session to 5 participants.

Ages: 13-17

Time: 8 am - 4 pm

Fees: $90 members / $100 non-members

2017 Dates:
January 21
February 18
March 18
April 15
May 20
August 26
September 23
October 14
November 11
December 9


Dress code: Wear closed-toed shoes. Pull back long hair and avoid dangling jewelry.

Lunch: Morning snack and lunch are provided as part of the program. 

Keeper for a Day and Marine Biologist for a Day can be booked as a family experience by special request. Contact reserve@pdza.org for additional information.

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Keeper for a day

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In this working program you will clean, scoop poop, and learn how to perform enrichment activities for the animals behind the scenes. These are the things that zookeepers spend a majority of their day doing! Keeper for a Day includes activities in the Rocky Shores, Arctic Tundra, and Asian Forest Sanctuary areas. Due to the hands-on nature of the course, each session is limited to 6 participants.

Ages: 13-17

Time: 8 am - 4 pm

Fees: $90 members / $100 non-members

2017 Dates:
January 14
February 4
March 4
April 1
May 6
August 27
September 9
October 7
November 4
December 2

Dress code: Prepare for wet, dirty work! Wear closed-toed shoes (rubber boots recommended). Pull back long hair and avoid dangling jewelry. We will work mostly outside, so prepare for the weather.

Lunch: Morning snack and lunch are provided as part of the program.

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Keeper for a day

level II - Animal Nutrition & Enrichment

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This exciting teen Career Discovery offering takes place behind the scenes of the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater! Observe many of the animals rarely seen by Zoo visitors as you take your experience to the next level - learn about animal nutrition and enrichment as you personally prepare animal diets and create unique sensory experiences for our animal friends. Due to the hands-on nature of the course, we limit each session to 3 students, minimum 2.

Note: To attend this program, teens must first complete Keeper For A Day Level I.

Ages: 13-17

Time: 8 am - 4 pm

Fees: $120 members / $130 non-members

2017 Dates:
January 28
March 25
April 22
October 28

Fees:
$120 members / $130 non-members

Dress Code: As above

Lunch: Morning snack and lunch are provided as part of the program.

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Contact reserve@pdza.org for additional information.

All participants must submit a Participant Form before program begins.
Read our program policies.


*Note - Reservations are required due to limited space and are secured only when payment is received.

Cancellation policy: No refunds are given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the first day of camp. For cancellations made more than 14 days prior to first day of program, an 80% refund will be given. A 10% administrative fee will be charged for each program session change (program cancellations are not considered session changes - this fee does not apply to cancellations). PDZA reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event that PDZA cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded.

18 or older? Read about our Adult Career Discovery Programs >