Wolf Park’s Next Gen Wildlife Advocates provides once in a lifetime experiences for high schoolers aged 14-16 interested in pursuing a career in animal husbandry, wildlife research, or wildlife conservation. The two-day experience is designed to introduce the many career options in the field of wildlife conservation and effectively prepare students for internships at wildlife organizations. Students will have opportunities to engage in daily keeper duties at Wolf Park, which can include feeding, creating enrichment, viewing staff training sessions with our ambassador animals, and even training our ambassador animals themselves. Lectures and activities encompass a wide range of topics, including the importance of zoos and wildlife facilities, coexistence with wildlife, research on captive versus wild animals, the influence of media on wildlife conservation, and how to create the change you wish to see in the world.
There is no better experience than Next Gen Wildlife Advocates to discover whether pursuing a career in wildlife is for you!
Preparing for Camp
Camps are 2 days. Drop off is at 9:00am EST each day. Pick up will be at 4:00pm EST each day. Please arrange drop-off and pick-up accordingly. We do not allow adults to remain with their children during camp.
Things to Know Before Registering
- Only light refreshments will be provided. Students must bring a sack lunch each day.
- This is a nature camp, so prepare to get dirty! Students should bring “muck clothes”.
- Camp will happen, rain or shine. Activities will be held indoors if there are heavy storms.
- We will be outside a lot. Sunscreen and bug spray are essential.
Logistics and Refund Policy
Camp is $75 per student. After making the purchase, you will receive an email confirmation and your child’s space will be held. You will receive an information packet about camp, including a parental consent form which needs to be completed and returned prior to the start of camp.
Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the camp can apply 75% of the registration fee to another camp. Arrangements for transfer must occur by the end of the calendar year. If arrangements do not occur; your registration fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the camp. Only if the seminar is canceled by Wolf Park will the fee be refunded.
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