Docent Program

Please call the Education Department at (315) 738-0472 Ext. 26 for more information.

Make a difference - Become a Utica Zoo Docent!

What is a Utica Zoo Docent?
A Volunteer teacher or guide of at least 18 years of age who teaches about wildlife, ecosystems, and conservation.

What does a docent do?
* Presents animal programs both on zoo grounds and at area schools, institutions, and
* Leads guided zoo tours.
* Helps during zoo special events.
* Provides animal enrichment.
* Interprets ecosystems and conservation through the use of biofacts and education animals.

Here are a couple of our docent’s having fun!

Jr. Docent Class

Jr. Docents are young adults, ages 14 and up, who love working with animals and people! As a Jr. Docent you would be helping the zoo in its greatest mission … teaching the public about the importance of animals and where they live! You’ll be a great help to us and you’ll learn some awesome stuff too! In these two weeks the class will teach you:

  • Animal facts and information about the residents of The Utica Zoo, both big and small
  • Great public speaking skills
  • How to work with and handle animals from our education department

Cost: $100 per Child (for Zoo Members) &  $120 per Child (for Non Zoo Members)

Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (Mantoux) test is required.

Space is limited! Only 10 students per session!

>>Click here for updated class times<<

Your child is officially registered when you receive a confirmation from The Utica Zoo’s Education Office.

If you have any questions please contact us at:(315) 738-0472 ext. 26 or

Things to remember…

The main role and purpose of the Utica Zoo volunteer is to interact with zoo visitors. Very few  volunteer opportunities involve direct  contact with animals other than those in the Education Collection.

All volunteers must complete a two hour safety and zoo policy orientation as well as any additional training required for the desired level of volunteer.

Completion of this process does not obligate the Utica Zoo to choose you as a volunteer, nor does it obligate you to accept any volunteer position offered.

Hours & Admission

April 1- October 31: Open 10AM til 4:45 PM
November 1 - March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

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