COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

In an abundance of caution, the Utica Zoo will be closed to the public until further notice to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We will have a core team of animal care professionals on grounds to continue to provide top level animal care to our animals. Please refer to our Facebook page for continuous updates. Thank you.

Jr. Zoo Crew & Zoo Crew Program (children ages 12-17)

For those that are not quite ready to be zoo Docents, we have our Jr. Zoo Crew and Zoo Crew programs; read the descriptions below for more information.

Jr. Zoo Crew (ages 12-14): Check back soon for 2020 dates/times; registration not yet open

20 out of 20 spots still available

Our Jr. Zoo Crew course is designed just like our regular zoo camps but will explore the zoo, its animals, and critical conservation issues in greater details. It is held over a period of four consecutive days, with each day focusing on a different zoo topic. Those that attend the Jr. Zoo Crew course will receive vital information that will be helpful when they go on to join the Zoo Crew volunteer program. Completion of the Jr. Zoo Crew training course also qualifies those that successfully attended to shadow some of the Utica Zoo’s educational programs throughout the year.

The fee for this course is $110 for non-members and $100 for members.

Jr Zoo Crew FAQ

Zoo Crew (ages 15-17): Check back soon for 2020 dates/times; registration not yet open

12 out of 12 spots still available

Our Zoo Crew members are valuable volunteers, who help educate the public about the zoo and its efforts. The Zoo Crew training course is designed to train your child to become an effective and independent zoo volunteer, that is capable of interpreting his/her environment successfully. This course is held over a period of five consecutive days and will cover a different zoo topic each day.

The fee for the course is $80 for non-members and $75 for members.

The fees for each program will cover any/all materials that will be handed out during or after the course is completed, a t-shirt, name badge, plus many other fun activities that the kids will get to enjoy during the course! Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for a training, please contact Nicolette Hajdasz at or (315) 738-0472 ext. 34.