Junior ZooKeeping is a one of a kind experience for children interested in animals and their care! EARTH Ltd works with Southwick’s Zoo to provide this program which allows children the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at how animals are cared for here at the zoo and what it takes to be a zookeeper. Junior Zookeepers assist with diet preparation, create enrichment, help care for some animals, and more.
Note: Children must be registered at least 24 hours in advance. Full payment is due at the time of registration.
Pricing per session
EARTH Members: $40/child
Note to members: To receive your member discount, click “enter promotional code” when you register. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith’s code would be SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name, Jane Doe’s code would be DOEJA.
See schedule below for dates.
- Each session has a limited number of spots available. The ages 6-9 sessions have a maximum of 4 spaces, and the 10-12 and 13-16 sessions have 5 spaces each. The registration page will show the remaining spaces for each date.
- Children must be registered at least 24 hours in advance. Full payment is due at the time of registration.
- We recommend that children participating wear appropriate footwear, such as sneakers, for walking around the zoo.
- Children should bring a small backpack or other bag to carry a water bottle and snack.
- Pick up and drop off for Junior ZooKeeping will be by the picnic tables near the parking lot.
What does a rhino eat? How do you care for a giraffe? What is the softest herbivore in the world? What does a porcupine like to play with? Come learn about our plant-eating pals and help plan their diet, make them some enrichment, and get an up-close and personal hands on experience with some of our favorite herbivores!
Meat is on the menu! What does a lion love? What does a coati crave? What does a snake snack on? Learn how we feed our carnivorous critters and help us make them some lunch. You will also learn how the keepers entertain some of our smartest and most dangerous animals by making them enrichment. You’ll even get a chance to interact with some of our sharp toothed inhabitants.
Help us make toys for our monkeys to monkey around with. Pick out produce for our peckish Patas monkeys. Jr ZooKeepers will get to meet a marmoset and get to know a galago. Primates are our closest relatives, learn how much they are they are like us and how they are different.
Birds are some of the smartest animals in the Animal Kingdom, so what exactly does it take to care for the closest living relatives of the dinosaurs? Why don’t they fly away? How can they talk? What can we tell about a bird by its beak? Jr ZooKeepers get to make macaw munchies, play with a parrot, and chill with a chicken. Break out of your shell and help us care for our fascinating feathered friends.
Thursday, June 15 – Herbivores (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Saturday, June 17 – Primates (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Monday, June 19 – Carnivores (Ages 10-12)
Thursday, June 22 – Carnivores (Ages 13-16) Sold Out
Sunday, June 25 – Herbivores (Ages 10-12)
Tuesday, June 27 – Birds (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Thursday, June 29 – Primates (Ages 10-12)
Saturday, July 1 – Herbivores (Ages 13-16)
Tuesday, July 4 – Birds (Ages 10-12)
Thursday, July 6 – Carnivores (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Sunday, July 9 – Herbivores (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Tuesday, July 11 – Primates (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Saturday, July 15 – Primates (Ages 10-12)
Tuesday, July 18 – Birds (Ages 13-16)
Thursday, July 20 – Birds (Ages 6-9)
Sunday, July 23 – Primates (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Tuesday, July 25 – Carnivores (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Thursday, July 27 – Herbivores (Ages 10-12)
Sunday, July 30 – Birds (Ages 10-12)
Tuesday, August 8 – Primates (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Thursday, August 10 – Herbivores (Ages 10-12) Sold Out
Sunday, August 13 – Primates (Ages 13-16)
Tuesday, August 15 – Primates (Ages 10-12)
Thursday, August 17 – Birds (Ages 6-9)
Sunday, August 20 – Birds (Ages 6-9)
Tuesday, August 22 – Herbivores (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Thursday, August 24 – Herbivores (Ages 13-16)
Sunday, August 27 – Carnivores (Ages 10-12)
Tuesday, August 29 – Carnivores (Ages 6-9) Sold Out
Thursday, August 31 – Herbivores (Ages 6-9)