Zoo Teens

Go Behind the Scenes at Sunset Zoo

Help educate others about animals and conservation while working with Sunset Zoo's animal residents. Zoo Teens are high school aged volunteers, 14 to 19 years old. (All zoo teens must be pursuing a high school education while participating in the program). Zoo teens gain behind-the-scenes experience with all aspects of the Zoo's daily operations including: shadowing staff, animal demonstrations, Zookeeping chores, conservation projects, photography and much, much more! As a Zoo volunteer, you choose the activities that interest you most.

Dates & Times of Volunteering

Sunset Zoo is open 360 days a year, seven days a week and volunteers are important part of those daily operations. Once volunteers complete training, actual volunteer service is flexible with a Zoo Teen's schedule. There are variety of opportunities throughout the year to volunteer at Zoo special events and education programs, as well as working with Zoo staff to identify specific projects in line with a volunteer's interests.

Training Sessions for Zoo Teens

Training occurs once a year in late spring. Zoo Teens (new and returning) must attend the scheduled overnight training session. Registration is accepted annually until the spring training dateIf you are interested in the Zoo Teen program, complete the Zoo's online zoo teen volunteer registration form

Attendance is required at the training session in order to participate in the zoo teen program. 
Overnight Training// May 2-3 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Application & Registration Fees

There is a $65 registration fee for new Zoo Teens; fee covers training materials, volunteer polo and more. Interested teens should register online at least 48 hours before the training session, please contact Nicole Wade if you wish to register within the 48 hour window before the overnight training session. 

Returning Zoo Teens

There is a $20 registration fee for returning Zoo Teens. Returning volunteers are required to complete the overnight training session. Zoo staff will contact volunteers in the spring with additional information regarding the training sessions.

For more information, email Nicole Wade or call her at 785-587-2737.


A passion for animals and desire to learn about their care in a Zoo setting. Prior work or relevant volunteer experience a plus.