General Information

We are open 10am-4:30pm everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas! Reservations are NOT required!

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):

Training Camp – August 9-13, 2021

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 detail. 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.

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Jr Zoo Crew FAQ

Zoo Crew (ages 14-17):

July 5-9, 2021 9am-1pm 

Have you always wanted to work in a zoo? The Zoo Crew Program at the Utica Zoo is an exciting way for high school students ages 14 to 17 to explore career opportunities, meet new friends, gain customer service skills, and much more!

We seek responsible, reliable, enthusiastic students who are interested in learning about animals can interact with Zoo guests, and can be role models for their peers. Students of all academic levels will be considered for the program. (Candidates must be 14 years old by July 5th.)

The Zoo Crew Program can further students’ interests, help them to explore career goals, and develop interaction skills in a professional zoological environment. These skills will also apply to any other work environment. This is a unique opportunity for students to work in the unmatched setting of the incredible Utica Zoo.

This course is held over a period of five consecutive days and will cover a different zoo topic each day. Training is offered July 5th – 9th from 9 am to 1 pm daily. AT THE MOMENT, THERE IS ONLY 1 SLOT LEFT! FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED! Click here to sign up! If you have any questions, email us at

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.

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 by filling out the form below. For more information, please contact us by emailing or calling (315) 738-0472 ext. 36. 

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