Teens (ages 13 - 17)

The purpose of our successful teen programs is to foster a sense of stewardship for the environment and engagement in the community, while also providing a fun and enriching learning experience.

Teen Opportunities
Zoo Career Workshop (Ages 13 – 17)

A lifetime of doing what you love and loving what you do can begin with a small step.  If you or someone in your life has ever dreamed of working with animals or in a zoo, this workshop could be the start of an amazing journey.    

It takes a village to run a zoo and in this special program, teens will discover just how many different career opportunities a zoo holds.  This Educator-led workshop will include encounters with ambassador animals, tours of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, animal commissary, and elephant & giraffe holding spaces, exclusive behind-the-scenes hands-on interactions with zookeepers, and more. Please note: specific activities are subject to change.

A Deli Board Buffet lunch is included each day and will consist of smoked turkey, honey ham, genoa salami, tuna salad, garden salad, creamy cole slaw, kosher dill pickles, American and provolone cheese, a selection of breads and rolls, potato chips, and fresh fruit.

For Ages 13 - 17

  • Date: Two Days: Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 20
  • Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (rain or shine)
  • Cost: $250 RWP Zoo Members; $275 Non-members

Application period is closed. Please check back for our 2020 date.

Please note: Includes exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, encounters with ambassador animals, and lunch both days. All registrations are final. There are no refunds unless the Zoo cancels the program. Deadline to register is October 10, 2019.

Question? Contact Programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

Zoo Crew Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

Zoo Crew Counselor-In-Training is a volunteer opportunity open to teens in grades 8-12. All Zoo Crew teen volunteers will learn important leadership and communication skills as a part of a passionate team.

Applications are not open at this time.

We will be opening applications for the 2021 season in Fall – early New Year, please check back then. If you have questions, or would like to be on our contact roster for this program please contact Volunteer@rwpzoo.org.


RWP Zoo Youth Advisory Council

Participation in the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council (RWPZ YAC) is a unique opportunity for youth, ages 16 – 21, to influence RWPZ’s impact locally and nationally. Members of the RWPZ YAC provide feedback on various initiatives and issues to RWPZ leadership while also collaborating with other council members to lead projects that will positively impact the Zoo, the community, animals, and the environment. In doing so, members gain valuable experience, as well as personal and professional skills

Click here for more information and to apply for Youth Advisory Council

Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

Our 3rd annual Youth Art Contest opens March 1, 2020!

In celebration of Endangered Species Day (May 15, 2020) Roger Williams Park Zoo is accepting art entries from local K-12 grade students and homeschoolers in the New England area depicting threatened/endangered species. Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats, and learn what we can do to help protect them. 

Learn More & View Past Winners>