Junior Zookeeper Leadership Program

Junior Zookeeper Leadership Program


Red River Zoo


The Junior Zookeeper leadership program is a great opportunity for youth, ages 11-14 or who have completed the 5th grade (whichever comes first), to gain valuable skills and memorable experiences during the summer at the Red River Zoo.  The Junior Zookeeper Program focuses on instilling leadership, responsibility and self-confidence in today’s youth, while also educating the participants about the Zoo’s mission of conservation and education. This program gives insight into many aspects of operating a modern zoo and highlights the various roles that are important to its smooth and efficient operation.  Participants will have the opportunities to assist in animal care, create enrichment, educate the public, inspire conservation action, learn more about our animals, and help clean, prepare and maintain the zoo each day. 

Join us and experience a amazing summer at the zoo!

To register - pick the first date of the session(s) you'd like to sign up for.  There is no application process as there has been in previous years.


NEW for 2020 - We've made changes to how the program is set up. 

The program is now divided into five two-week sessions with morning (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or afternoon (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) programs each day, Monday through Friday. 

Junior Zookeepers sign up for either the morning programs OR the afternoon programs and can attend all five days each week.  (The morning and afternoon programs cover identical content each day, so it is not recommended that someone sign up for both.)

Note: If you click on a date for the session you want to sign up for and a time slot is not present that means that that session has filled to capacity.

Session 1 - June 8th through 19th AM or PM (THESE SESSIONS ARE FULL.)

Session 2 - June 22nd through July 3rd AM or PM

Session 3 - July 6th through July 17th AM or PM

Session 4 - July 20th through July 31st AM or PM

Session 5 - August 3rd through August 14th AM or PM


For example, John Smith could sign up for Sessions 1, 2, 3, and 4 for the AM programs and attend five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Another example, Jill Smith could sign up for Sessions 1, 2, 4, and 5, for the PM programs and attend five days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (She's skipping session 3 because she has a family vacation scheduled during that time.)

Another example, John Smith could sign up for Sessions 1 and 2 for the AM programs, and Session 3, 4, and 5 for the PM programs.  


Program Fees:

$100 per 2 week session for Zoo Members

$125 per 2 week session for non-Zoo Members


Space IS limited to 25 participants per AM and PM period per 2 week session.