Junior Zookeeping

Junior Zookeeping is a one of a kind experience for children interested in learning more about 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, and more.

We offer Junior Zookeeping sessions for ages 6-9, 10-12, and 13-16.

Pricing Per Session

Each Junior Zookeeping session runs from 9:00am-11:30am.
*Some sessions may take place during the afternoon. Please read session dates and times carefully.

Non-Members: $84/child
EARTH Members: $69/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.
*Must be a current EARTH member at the time of registration to receive the member discount. Discounts cannot be applied retroactively.

Program Notes

  • Children must be registered online at least 24 hours in advance. Full payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Each session has a limited number of spots available. The registration page will show the remaining spaces for each date.
  • Please read carefully and make sure you are registering your child for the appropriate age group. Each session is for a specific age group. If you register a child for the incorrect age group, your registration will be canceled and refunded.
  • 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.
  • Please remember that this is a program for children, and parents do not accompany and participate during sessions. Junior Zookeeping does not include zoo admission or early entry into the zoo for parents/guardians of participating children, however parents are welcome to explore the zoo as a paid guest after the zoo opens at 10:00am.



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