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 Indianapolis 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!

The Zoo hosts Saturday Science Programs on select Saturdays throughout the year. All programs are from 9am-noon unless indicated. ​For more information, please email or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.​​

6-8 Year-Olds

  • ​​Primates — Sept. 16

  • ​​Animal Senses — Nov. 4

  • Ocean Animals — Dec. 2

  • Camoflage & Mimicry — Feb. 17

9-12 Year-Olds​

  • Birds, Bees and Flying Machines — ​Aug. 19

  • Conservation Heroes — Sept. 30 

  • Animal Enrichment  — Oct. 14

  • Sharks, Rays & Eels  — Dec. 9​​

  • The Science of Animal Color  — March 3​

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Girls In Science with Anne Russon 

Nov. 10 • 4:30-6:30pm • $30 members/$35 non-members

Do your girls love science? Give them an amazing opportunity to meet a world-​renowned conservationist. Anne Russon has been studying orangutans for over 30 years and leads the Kutai Orangutan Project in the Kutai National Park in East Kalimantan, Borneo. This unique program is targeted for girls ages 10-14 years and will include an opportunity to speak with Anne Russon, meet a zoo keeper and participate in a short program on orangutans. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and spaces are limited.​​

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NEW! Career Tours

Cost: $45 members/$50 non-members

Middle School — Nov. 11 • 9-11:30am
High School — Nov. 11 • 9-11:30am

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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Generation Conservation

Cost: $150

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 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!

Want to become a part of the team? Teens 16-18 years old are eligible to apply to join Generation Conservation. Applications for the 2018 season open on November 1, 2017, so check back here at that time to apply.