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
organizations.
* 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 Karley.rous@uticazoo.org

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 and Admisson

April 1 to October 31: Open 10AM until 4:45 PM
November 1 to 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

Upcoming Events

Dec
19
Fri
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Forever Antlers
Zoo Adventures – Forever Antlers
Dec 19 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Forever Antlers
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
Dec
23
Tue
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Holiday Special
Join us for a special holiday Zoo Adventures. Story, craft and of course, animals! Free for Members, $5.00/ child for non-members, adults free.
Dec
27
Sat
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dec 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Antlers and Horns and Prickly Thorns! Animals protect themselves in an amazing array of ways. Join zoo educators as we learn about animal defenses. We will meet a few of our education animals and tour the zoo. This program is free with your admission and recommended for ages 5 and up.
Dec
31
Wed
11:00 AM Happy Zoo Year
Happy Zoo Year
Dec 31 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Happy Zoo Year
On New Years Eve (Wednesday, December 31st) the Utica Zoo will be celebrating “Happy Zoo Year” from 11 to 1 pm in the Auditorium. Madagascar the movie will be shown on a projector screen. Kids will be able to participate in arts & crafts, and animal meet & greets. There will be a Hot Chocolate toast at Noon with free cookies on the side. Regular Winter Admission. Free for Members. The Utica Zoo is open on New Years Day.

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Zoo Blog

  • Santa takes a photo with a child at the Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot.
    Holiday Hoot 2014

    December 14th, 2014 – The Utica Zoo welcomed Santa Claus and visitors to the annual Holiday Hoot today. Children were able to get their pictures taken with Santa by Whitesboro Fun Pix, and also let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas. Chuck E. Cheese stopped by to give tokens to kids, and take photos as well. Docents and educational staff brought out animals that the whole family could interact with. The mild temperatures made it a perfect day to walk around the Utica Zoo and see all the animals on exhibit. Children participated in arts and crafts in the Auditorium. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee, along with free cookies and candy. People brought gifts for our animals from Read More

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