Discovery Guide

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Educate zoo visitors about conservation and gain experience with teaching, leadership, and public speaking while learning about animals and their environments.

Who is this program for?

The Discovery Guide program is for teenagers and college students.

You will help maintain a friendly atmosphere for zoo visitors by interpreting animal exhibit areas, presenting fun activities like storytelling and games, and assisting with birthday parties and special events. Volunteering at the zoo can satisfy school community service hours, which can be applied toward school credit (check with your school), provide an introduction to careers in the animal field, or be a satisfying part of a summer vacation.

What are some of the responsibilities?

  • Educate public visitors at exhibits
  • Help out with birthday parties and special events, like Boo at the Zoo
  • Interact with children in the Discovery Center at Conservation Station and during school break camps
  • Collect data for animal behavior studies
  • Lead summer offerings like storytelling, games and conservation activities

Why volunteer?

  • Make a difference
  • Meet like-minded teens and make new friends
  • Earn school community service hours
  • Increase animal knowledge
  • Gain work experience and build your college resume

The deadline for School Year 2016-2017 applications is September 19th, 2016

Download the application

Mail completed application to: Prospect Park Zoo, Coordinator of Volunteers, Education Department, 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 You may also scan and email the application to:

For more information call 718-399-7339 ext 325 or email

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