Youth & Teen Programs

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

Cost: $150 • Apply Now​

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!
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 are open until Dec. 31. Please contact for more information.

Saturday Science Programs

Cost: $30 Members/$35 non-members • Sign Up Today​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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!

The Zoo hosts Saturday Science Programs on select Saturdays throughout the year. All programs are from 9am-noon unless indicated. ​These programs are for children only and are drop-off programs. For more information, please email or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.​​

6-8 Year-Olds

  • Camoflage and Mimicry — Feb. 17

9-12 Year-Olds​​

  • The Science of Animal Color  — March 3​

NEW! Career Tours

Cost: $45 members/$50 non-members

Middle School — April 7 • 9-11:30am
High School — April 7 • 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.​ 

Career Tours are sold out for 2017. Registration for spring dates will open  Jan. 29.