Make a Difference – Become a Docent!

What is a Utica Zoo Docent?
A zoo docent is a volunteer, teacher, or guide who is dedicated to educating the public about the environment, wildlife, conservation, and the Utica Zoo.

What does a docent do?
*Leads guided educational tours and assists with classes on and off zoo grounds.

*Helps during zoo special events.

*Interacts with and educates zoo visitors using bio-facts, live animals and other educational tools.

*Participates in animal enrichment activities.

*Acts as a zoo ambassador.

* Interprets ecosystems and conservation through the use of biofacts and education animals.

 

Spring 2014 Adult Docent Class

Docent training orientation will be held on April 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 and classes will be held once a week for 6 weeks. In the classes you will learn zoo protocols, basic animal classification and biology, and proper animal handling and cleaning procedures. The cost for the class is $50.00 to cover the cost of materials. At the completion of the class you will receive a name tag and a docent T-shirt. Proof of a negative Mantou TB test is required before you can handle any animal.  You must be 18 or older to participate in the docent class.

Please call the Education Department at (315) 738-0472 Ext. 26 for more information.

Summer 2014 Jr. Docent Class


As a Jr. Docent you would be helping the zoo in its greatest mission … teaching the public about the importance of animals and where they live!  During the class, you will learn how to handle a selection of animals from our education collection, animal facts about the residents of the Utica Zoo, and public speaking skills!  In order to participate in this program, you must be at least age 14 and have proof of a negative Mantou TB test.  

**If you have a younger child, please check out our Zoo Camp page!**

Date: July 7th to July 11th

Time:  12:30pm – 4:30pm

Cost:  $80.00 per student for members/$100 per student for nonmembers

>> Jr Docent Registration Form<<

For more information, contact Kathleen Mallory at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or birthdayparties@uticazoo.org.

Things to remember…

The main role and purpose of the Utica Zoo volunteer is to interact with zoo visitors. Very few  volunteer opportunities involve direct  contact with animals other than those in the Education Collection.

All volunteers must complete a two hour safety and zoo policy orientation as well as any additional training required for the desired level of volunteer.

Completion of this process does not obligate the Utica Zoo to choose you as a volunteer, nor does it obligate you to accept any volunteer position offered.

 

Hours and Admisson

April 1 to October 31: Open 10AM until 4:45 PM
November 1 to March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

Upcoming Events

Dec
23
Tue
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Holiday Special
Join us for a special holiday Zoo Adventures. Story, craft and of course, animals! Free for members. $5.00 per child for non-members, and adults free.
Dec
27
Sat
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dec 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Antlers and Horns and Prickly Thorns! Animals protect themselves in an amazing array of ways. Join zoo educators as we learn about animal defenses. We will meet a few of our education animals and tour the zoo. This program is free with your admission and recommended for ages 5 and up.
Dec
31
Wed
11:00 AM Happy Zoo Year
Happy Zoo Year
Dec 31 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Happy Zoo Year
On New Years Eve (Wednesday, December 31st) the Utica Zoo will be celebrating “Happy Zoo Year” from 11 to 1 pm in the Auditorium. Madagascar the movie will be shown on a projector screen. Kids will be able to participate in arts & crafts, and animal meet & greets. There will be a Hot Chocolate toast at Noon with free cookies on the side. Regular Winter Admission. Free for Members. The Utica Zoo is open on New Years Day.
Jan
8
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Zoo Adventures – Over and Under ...
Jan 8 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Over and Under the Snow
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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Zoo Blog

  • Santa takes a photo with a child at the Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot.
    Holiday Hoot 2014

    December 14th, 2014 – The Utica Zoo welcomed Santa Claus and visitors to the annual Holiday Hoot today. Children were able to get their pictures taken with Santa by Whitesboro Fun Pix, and also let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas. Chuck E. Cheese stopped by to give tokens to kids, and take photos as well. Docents and educational staff brought out animals that the whole family could interact with. The mild temperatures made it a perfect day to walk around the Utica Zoo and see all the animals on exhibit. Children participated in arts and crafts in the Auditorium. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee, along with free cookies and candy. People brought gifts for our animals from Read More

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