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

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 & Admission

April 1- October 31: Open 10AM til 4:45 PM
November 1 - 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

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