Palm Beach Zoo is launching a new volunteer program just for teens called Youth Volunteer Corps. Open to youth ages 14 to 17, the program gives teens an opportunity to explore and experience the inner workings of a zoo.
Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) offers two paths – interpretation and camp. Animal interpretation requires youth volunteers to commit to one day each week from June to August. Using biofacts like skulls and feathers, youth volunteers will educate zoo visitors about conservation, preservation, and serve as ambassadors for the animals in our care. The camp path requires youth volunteers to commit to at least three weeks during the summer. They will serve as counselors for our various camp programs, working to engage campers through animal encounters and the use of biofacts.
During its first year, YVC will accept 50 to 70 youth volunteers. Applications will be available starting January 14 on our website www.palmbeachzoo.org under the Volunteer tab at the bottom of the home page. Two informational meetings will be held January 28 and February 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Main Library.
YVC training will take place March 16 & 17. For more information, contact Volunteer and Docent Manager Joseph Landmichl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-533-0887 x 239.