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.

 

Verification

 

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

Zoo Blog

  • DHMexicanWolf16x20
    Wolf Awareness Week 10/12 to 10/18
    October 14, 2014

    It’s Wolf Awareness Week at the Utica Zoo. Although they are essential to the health of the ecosystem and keeping herbivore populations in check, wolves have been the subject of intense persecution throughout the centuries, and most species are either threatened or endangered due to myths and misunderstandings. Less than 100 individuals currently live in the wild. Mexican wolves are the most endangered gray wolf subspecies in North America, and our three females; Bella, Sierra and Aztec, are among the last of their kind. After becoming extinct in the wild during the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves are finally making a small comeback in Arizona and New Mexico, but there is still a long way to go. The Utica Zoo has been Read More

  • ming yue
    New Female Red Panda – Ming Yue
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today. Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit.

Upcoming Events

Oct
22
Wed
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – A Hoot in the F...
Zoo Adventures – A Hoot in the F...
Oct 22 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - A Hoot in the Forest!
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. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.
Oct
23
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – A Hoot in the F...
Zoo Adventures – A Hoot in the F...
Oct 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - A Hoot in the Forest!
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. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.
Nov
7
Fri
10:30 AM Stroller Safari – North American...
Stroller Safari – North American...
Nov 7 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Stroller Safari - North American Trek
Load up your stroller and join the newest zoo adventure for your toddler or infant! Each safari includes an interactive stroller tour and an up close animal encounter. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for nonmembers. The class meets outside the auditorium at 10:30am.  
Nov
13
Thu
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Nov 13 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - Digging for Dinosaurs
Is your child a budding zoologist? Our interactive classes help to further homeschool studies through group activities and animal interactions. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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