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Zoo Teens

The Zoo Teen program at the Tulsa Zoo is for teens in 8th-12th grade who are interested in animals and conservation. Among other experiences, it will provide participants with opportunities to learn about working with animals, educating zoo guests and taking on leadership roles.

If you are interested in applying for the 2020-2021 Zoo Teen Program, please complete the following application by Friday, April 10, 2020.

The Zoo Teen Information Meeting on March 26, 2020 has been cancelled. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 10, 2020. Completed applications may now be emailed to Kaylyn Paulsen at or mailed to the zoo.

Tulsa Zoo
Attn: Kaylyn Paulsen, Education
6421 E 36th St N
Tulsa, Ok 74115

Applications can no longer be turned in at the zoo entrance due to the zoo’s temporary closure. The teacher recommendation is no longer required with the application.

The program is a unique year-round mentorship opportunity for teens interested in animals, the environment, and zoo careers. Teens expand their knowledge on these topics while developing leadership skills, responsibility, and work ethic. Teens also have FUN while working alongside and building relationships with peers who share their similar interests.

The program is by invitation only, and space is extremely limited; typically, about 15 spots are offered each year. Zoo Teens are required to purchase two t-shirts and a name badge as well as provide proof of negative Tuberculosis testing. There are no other fees to participate in the program.

During their first year, teens work in various areas of the Education Department. This includes assisting in the Cox Communications Nature Exchange, helping provide care for the Tulsa Zoo Ambassador Animal Collection, educating guests on zoo grounds, and participating as a summer camp aid.

As teens progress through the program, they are able to serve as zookeeper aids in various animal departments throughout the zoo.

Please contact Kaylyn Paulsen at or 918-669-6221 for more information.