Discovery Guide

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

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

Who is the Summer Discovery Guide program for?

The Summer Discovery Guide program is for youth aged 14-19 seeking to enrich their lives and gain job skills by volunteering at the Central Park Zoo. The Summer program runs Wednesdays through Sundays from late June through Labor Day, and weekends only from September 10 through October 30.

What are some of the responsibilities?

  • Educate public visitors at exhibits and around the zoo
  • Interact with visitors in the Zoo
  • Lead summer offerings like storytelling, games and art activities
  • Must be able to provide volunteer service a minimum of 2 days per week, including one weekend day

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


Training will be conducted on four consecutive weekend days, Saturday, 6/4, Sunday, 6/128, Saturday, 6/18, and Saturday, 6/25. Attendance at this training is a requirement for acceptance into the program.

Please send the completed application by email to by MONDAY, MAY 2. Participants must be 14 years old as of June 28, 2016, to participate, and, in addition to the application, ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS MUST HAVE A TEACHER SUBMIT A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION.

If we think you'd be a good fit for the program, you'll be invited to a group orientation and interview at Central Park Zoo.

Discovery Guide Application form

For more information, please email

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