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Miller Park Zoo Junior Zookeeper Program

Since its creation in 1972, the Junior Zookeeper Program has provided amazing opportunities for students throughout Central Illinois. This unique, multi-level education and volunteer program is for junior high & high school students who are interested in learning about wildlife and the way zoos work. Students spend time expanding their knowledge in the classroom, and can eventually become volunteers at the zoo!

There are both school year and summer components to the program; at the advanced levels, students participate in education programs activities October – April, and then volunteer at the Zoo during the summer season. Students can be Junior Zookeepers (JZKs) through the summer following high school graduation. The JZK program is great for students who are looking for experience working with people, learning leadership and time-management skills, and spending some quality time with animals.

Students currently in 5th grade or higher are eligible to begin this summer. Beginner JZKs attend a one-week summer camp (there will be four camp sessions from which to choose.) The fee for camp is $199 for members of the zoo society and $239 for nonmembers; this fee includes a t-shirt, name tag, and all class materials.

All interested students and their parent or guardian must attend one informational meeting in order to receive application materials. Applications are not distributed outside of the meeting, so attendance is absolutely necessary. Applications cannot be given to students who do not attend with their own parent/guardian.

** Meetings will be held at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. **

There will be a maximum of 50 people allowed at each meeting, so advanced reservations are required. Call Miller Park Zoo at 309-434-2250 to reserve your seating. Each students will attend with only one of their parents/guardians and no other individuals.

Dates & Times:
March 1st, 5:30-6:30pm or 7:00-8:00pm
March 2nd, 5:30-6:30pm or 7:00-8:00pm
March 4th, 5:30-6:30pm or 7:00-8:00pm

The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts is located at 600 N. East Street in downtown Bloomington, Illinois.

The doors will close and no one may enter after 5:35 & 7:05pm. Please contact Shannon Reedy at 309-434-2256 or sreedy@cityblm.org with any questions


Thursday, March 4, 2021
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm



Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts 600 N East St Bloomington IL 61701 309-434-2256

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