Youth & Teen Programs

​​​Saturday Science Programs

Cost: $30 Members/$35 non-members

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Learning more about the natural world around us is all about science! With the Zoo’s Saturday Science program, kids will be able to investigate zoological situations by utilizing the scientific method. During this three-hour program, participants will observe, question and explore areas of the Zoo … and have fun while they’re at it!

These programs are for children only and are drop-off programs.

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Career Tours

Middle School — April 7 • 9-11:30am
High School — April 7 • 9-11:30am
Cost: $45 members/$50 non-members

Interested in a zoo career? Discover the wide variety of zoo careers and learn what it takes to work at a zoo. Go behind the scenes and talk with Zoo staff.​  

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Junior Paint Out

April 21 • 9am-noon • SOLD OUT

Youth ages 9-12 years can get inspired and explore their creative side with the new Junior Paint Out. Participants will create a group art piece as well as individual works. The group art piece will be on display to the public in our summer-long show in the Schaefer Rotunda at White River Gardens, and auctioned off to benefit the Zoo at our annual Naturally Inspired Silent Auction and Artists' Reception  presented by The Great Frame Up Downtown.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Generation Conservation

Generation Conservation is a select team of teenagers who are interested in conserving wild things and wild places. Once a month from February through September, Generation Conservation works collaboratively with several of the Zoo’s conservation partners, such as Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology, Purdue University, Indiana Wildlife Federation and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Each experience is unique and provides hands-on opportunities of learning. Together we can learn, grow and work hard to help keep our planet healthy!

The application deadline for the 2018 season has passed. Please check back in November for 2019 applications. 

For more information about any Youth & Teen Programs  please email or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.​​