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Junior Zookeeper

The Junior Zookeeper program is the Great Plains Zoo’s summer involvement program for teens age 12-18. It provides teens who are interested in animals a chance to develop life skills and an opportunity to work with animals and kids in a fun and exciting environment!

The 2019 Junior ZooKeepers have been selected.  Please contact to be notified when 2020 applications are available.

Important 2019 Program Dates:

  • The program will kick off with a party on Wednesday, May 22. 
    • Program fee, TB tests, and scheduling calendars must be turned in on this date.
  • Orientation is required for all JZKs. 
    • Level 1 orientation will be from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4.
    • Level 2 orientation will be from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3.
  • The program begins on June 3 and ends on Aug. 11. 
  • JZKs will be recognized for their hard work at an Achievement Ceremony on Aug. 13. 

Click here to download the 2019 JZK Information Packet.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world.  The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones.  Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.