Connecting area teenagers with nature and building successful, caring members of the community.

ZooTeen youth development programs are not only fun and a great way to meet new friends, but they also provide opportunities to develop job-readiness and life skills while serving as an ambassador for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

For more information, please call 803.602.0803 or email Education Department.

ZooTeen Conservation Team The ZooTeen Conservation Team is a year-round youth program that runs twice monthly throughout the school year with additional opportunities over the summer months.

Teens accepted into the ZooTeen program will serve for a calendar year (September–August) and complete a minimum of 60 hours of service.

ZooTeen Conservation Team Opportunities:

  • Assist with Zoo Camps, education events and programs.
  • Educate visitors about wildlife and environmental conservation.
  • Engage and inspire guests through informal interpretive and presentations.
  • Participate in teambuilding, trainings and experiential learning.
  • Take action for wildlife through conservation projects.
  • Participate in optional Conservation Field Studies.

Space is very limited in this program. No experience is required, but we do ask for these requirements:

  • Must be a high school student and at least 14 years old.
  • Support Riverbanks Zoo & Garden and its mission.
  • Submit an application.
  • Provide at least two references.
  • Complete an interview in May.
  • Attend program Orientation and all Mandatory Trainings.
  • Commit to at least one year (September to August).
  • Complete a minimum of 60 hours of service.

Registration Opens Spring 2025