Welcome to the TRIBE!
While visiting the Children’s Zoo (CZ), the common question arises, who are these teens? All those teens are actually an important part of the CZ during the summer. The goal is to help make a vistor’s experience better, while also gaining per
sonal experience on what it is like to be a part of the daily routine at the zoo. I am a member of Teen TRIBE, an exciting new volunteer program for teens! What does Teen TRIBE do exactly? I would love to help answer that question by sharing my experience!
Everyday starts off with roll call. All teens gather to see who is working for the day, and receive important reminders or information from one of our awesome mentors! Then it is time to head to the CZ and break up into groups depending on our specific jobs. My responsibility is to provide cool animal encounters for visitors so they can have an up-close experience with the animals. Handling a wide variety of animals ranging from turkeys to snakes is a very fun job, but it is also something to take seriously. Teen TRIBE members are treated like members of the zoo staff. Since I work with live animals, making sure I provide a fun experience for the guest while making sure the animal is handled safely is a major priority. Another cool part of my job is getting to learn a lot about the animals, and share what I learn with the visitors. During my entire shift, I get to share animals with every visitor to the CZ! Of course, there are other jobs that TRIBE members have. They help out by playing games with kids on the playground, work in the Petting Zoo with the goats, help visitors learn about penguins at the Discover Zone, or a Jr. Zookeeper. It all depends on how much experience the TRIBE member already has, then working up!
What are some other fun parts of the TRIBE program? Making a lot of new friends and become very familar with zoo staff! Once accepted to be part of Teen TRIBE, a mentor is assigned who works at the zoo as well. We get to meet our mentors and the other members of the TRIBE at a fun party they have just for us!
Overall, it is a wonderful program! Read more about it on the zoo’s website under volunteer. Feel free to leave comments with any questions, and make sure to visit us this summer in the CZ!