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Middle school outreach program from Woodland Park Zoo

What is ZooCrew?

ZooCrew empowers middle school aged youth to become conservation leaders by providing engaging experiences that inspire them to learn, care, and act through after school and summer expanded learning opportunities.

Through the ZooCrew programs we excite youth from traditionally underserved communities about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects in school, prepare them for continued involvement in Woodland Park Zoo’s youth programs, and inspire them to consider a broad range of STEM and conservation careers.




The ZooCrew Afterschool Program

Each quarter or semester, ZooCrew Students in the afterschool program choose to work on a project relating to the season's theme. From the tropical rain forest to the tundra and taiga, ZooCrew youth learn about the conservation issues affecting animals and create projects to support ongoing conservation efforts.  In partnership with the YMCA and Seattle Parks and Recreation, there have been ZooCrew programs at Aki Kurose, Madison, Denny, Seattle World School, Washington, Asa Mercer, McClure and Eckstein Middle Schools.  In partnership with the Community Schools Collaboration, we brought ZooCrew to Pacific and Chinook Middle School in the Highline School District. We are currently finalizing our ZooCrew sites for the 2014-2015 school year.

The ZooCrew Summer Learning Program

The ZooCrew Summer Learning Program is a 5-week program that takes place in July and August. The program is free and both transportation and food are provided. Throughout the summer, students study at and explore the Woodland Park Zoo and their local backyard ecosystems. Students ask questions and develop an investigation to answer their questions. Students also produce their own nature TV show to document and share their summer experience with friends and family. 

For a more detailed explanation of ZooCrew programs, please see our program overview.