Teen Programs

Fostering Inspiration through Exploration.

(Ages 12 to 17)

 
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Teen Programs provide meaningful life experiences that inspire teens to take conservation action both on and off Zoo grounds through education, leadership, stewardship and environmental exploration.
 
**We are no longer accepting applications for 2019 Summer, but we will open applications for our Winter Program in September 2019.**
Applications for summer 2020 will be open February 1st, 2020.

Want a bit more information? click HERE to meet the staff and see some Frequently Asked Questions. Also see Summer Application Process tab below for details.

 

  SUMMER TEEN PROGRAMS

 
We offer three summer teen program tracks, Zoo Crew Explorers, Teen Leaders and Junior Zoo Keepers, and each track has the option of participating in our outdoor adventure programming occurring throughout the summer.

These Summer Teen Programs combine hands on:

  • conservation,
  • wildlife biology,
  • outdoor adventure
  • international travel opportunities,
  • community service,
  • job skills,
  • education,
  • leadership and FUN!

Junior Zoo Keepers – This program is offered 7 days a week, the sign up process happens online so families can look through their schedule together and sign up accordingly. There is a minimum amount of hours required, depending on Animal Area the teens works in.

Teen Leaders and Zoo Crew – This program is offered six or seven days a week and the sign up process happens online so families can look through their schedule together and sign up accordingly. There is a minimum amount of hours required of 120 hours over the duration of the summer.

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Summer Programs Tracks & Details

Zoo Crew Explorers (Ages 12-14)

This program is offered six or seven days a week and the sign up process happens online so families can look through their schedule together and sign up accordingly. There is a minimum amount of hours required of 120 hours over the duration of the summer.

Exploration, Conservation, and Education Stations: Engaging guests in different activities, games, and presentations focusing on Conservation and Education. Throughout the zoo the teens will have ‘stations’ that they will rotate around to during the day, these stations are great ways to interact with guests and gain public speaking and interpretive skills.

EdVenture Program: Crew members have the opportunity to join us for EdVenture trips that occur throughout the summer months. On average there will be 3 trips offered a month, anything from white water rafting, zip lining, hiking, survival skills, primitive skills, crafting, climbing biking, laser tag, and opportunities to travel internationally.

The Loft: Assisting the animal keepers with basic husbandry skills, program participants will interact with Zoo guests while preparing diets, making treats for the animals or creating fun crafts.

Summer Camp: Teens help with daily camp activities and gain valuable experience working with both children and animals as Junior Camp Mentors.

Face Painting and Button Making: Teens with a creative side will love the opportunity to artistically express their passion for animals. At our button cart, teens build a strong work ethic and public speaking through helping guests create and build their own personalized Cheyenne Mountain Zoo souvenirs.
 


Teen Leaders (Ages 15-17)

This program is offered six or seven days a week and the sign up process happens online so families can look through their schedule together and sign up accordingly. There is a minimum amount of hours required of 120 hours over the duration of the summer.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is looking for responsible high school leaders who love animals, are interested in mentoring their younger peers, leading conservation initiatives and education programs, and acting as CMZ ambassadors. Teen leaders will gain valuable training including leadership, interpretive education, peer mediation, communication and animal handling.

This program will allow older teens to create their own path choosing projects and duties that interest them.

Possible duties based on teen’s interest:
Camp Counselor in Training: Assist camp counselors with leading the daily activities and helping zoo crew explorers.
Loft Interpretive Educator: Engage guests through the use of live animals, group lessons, and keeper talks.
Explorer Guide: Acting as a positive role model, teens will mentor the 12 to 14 year old Zoo Crew Explorers traveling from station to station teaching and assisting with guest interactions. As teen leaders are walking around the Zoo they will also help as guest navigators/Zoo ambassadors.

**Teens interested in participating in both Teen keeper and Teen Leader programs are encouraged to apply for both as a package.**

 


Junior Zoo Keepers (Ages 15-17)

This program is offered 7 days a week, the sign up process happens online so families can look through their schedule together and sign up accordingly. There is a minimum amount of hours required, depending on Animal Area the teens works in.

As a Junior Zoo Keeper, participants with a love of animals will experience what it takes to be a zoo keeper. Provides teens with real-world experience working with our education, animal, and horticulture departments gaining knowledge of what exactly happens behind the scenes to make a zoo possible!

  • Gain personal Zoo experience so you can make informed career decisions.
  • Develop a strong work ethic and problem solving skills.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills surrounding animal care procedures alongside experienced animal keepers.

ANIMAL AREAS
In animal areas Junior Zoo Keepers are responsible for helping clean exhibits, prepare animal food diets, creating enrichment and assist with keeper talks when needed. Junior Zoo Keepers work hand in hand with Zoo staff and help with the jobs that are a daily part of a zoo keepers career. It’s a robust position that requires hard work, dedication, attention to detail and self motivation. This position can also be a Teen Leader and/or on the Youth Leadership Advisory Council (YLAC)

Loft: Small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. This area focuses on education and guest engagement.

African Rift Valley 1: Meerkats, zebra, vultures, Red River hogs, African birds and tortoises. (Must have one year of prior Junior Zoo Keeper experience.)

Primate World: Gorillas, orangutans, siamangs, golden lion tamarins and naked mole rats.

African Rift Valley 2: Giraffe, African lions

Monkey Pavilion/Bears: Smaller primates, Asiatic and spectacle bears.

Conservation Highlands: Tigers, snow leopards, Amur leopards, Pallas’s cats, boreal toads and black-footed ferrets. (Must have one year of prior Junior Zoo Keeper experience)

Rocky Mountain Wild: Moose, mountain lions, Mexican wolves, lynx, porcupines, turkeys, Grizzly bears and river otters.

Encounter Africa: Elephants and a rhino.

My Big Back Yard/Goat Yard: Goats, miniature horses, turkeys, chickens. This area focuses on education and guest engagement.

Commissary: Animal Diet Kitchen

Austalia/Scutes Family Gallery: Wallabies, budgies, alligators, tree kangaroo, reptiles, emus
 

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Summer Application Process

How to Apply:

Teens interested in participating in any of our Teen programs are encouraged to apply. Each teen will go through an application and interview process.
 
**Teen applications for the Summer 2019 season are closed.**
No late applications will be accepted. The summer program runs May 23rd – August 8th, 2019 and is a tuition based program.

Want a bit more information? click HERE to meet the staff and see some Frequently Asked Questions.

 

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Summer Cost

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 2019 Zoo Teens Program Fees

All fees includes one t-shirt, name tag and reusable beverage cup, as well as daily supervision, program supplies and materials, Zoo Keeper talks and tours, special afternoon workshops, orientation, end of summer party and more!

Zoo Crew Explorer Prices:
$600.75
3-month summer session plus 1-month of training
 

Junior Zoo Keeper and Teen Leader Prices:
$500.75
3-month summer session plus 1-month of training
 

Note: $.75 from each Teen Program Registration goes to Quarters for Conservation, which expands Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s regional and global conservation efforts.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is committed to working with families to make sure price is not a limiting factor in their child’s experience.

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Summer Scholarship Information

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a scholarship fund for its Summer Teen Program.

  • Due to limited funding, only partial scholarships will be awarded.
  • Scholarships apply to the Zoo’s Summer Teen Program.
  • Criteria for selecting children for the program is based upon a first come, first served and need basis.>

Applications for Summer Teen Program Scholarship Form submission must be between March 1st – March 22nd, with decisions be made no later than May 1.

Download the Summer Teen Program Scholarship Form.
 

Questions:
Email [email protected] or call 719-424-7827.