Your Kid Can Scoop Poop at Zoo Boise
Poop Scoop & Crazy Ladies
On our drive home from Boise to Star, my 10-year-old daughter turned to me and said, "Mom, I wanna scoop poop at the zoo!" Without batting an eye, I said, "I know, right?! I wish I could, too, babe!" But at 37, I'm about 19 years too old. Drat!
If you haven't heard of Zoo Boise's ZooTeen program, you might think my daughter and I are three shades of crazy. I mean, we are, but for reasons that have nothing to do with poop.
Zoo Boise Animal Adoption & Education
A few months before this poop-centric exchange took place, our family had adopted Zoo Boise's baby Cotton-headed Tamarin—one of the cutest primates in existence!
There are dozens of cool aspects involved with adopting a Zoo Boise primate! But one of my family's favorite parts of the experience was getting a private, behind-the-scenes tour with Mackenzie Platt, Zoo Boise's development coordinator. She fascinated us with her understanding of our Cotton-headed Tamarin we named "Rockford."
The tour was so great that by the end of it, Rockford felt like family, and our daughter felt like becoming a zoologist. That's when Mackenzie told us about the ZooTeen program.
What Do ZooTeens Do at the Zoo?
A ZooTeen's primary role is to educate Zoo Boise visitors! This includes:
- hosting informal educational presentations for zoo visitors;
- assisting in the operation of seasonal exhibits;
- and assisting with zoo summer camps for kids.
From raising funds, to raising awareness about Zoo Boise's conservation mission, ZooTeens play a vital role in zoo operations. Additionally, ZooTeens receive a rarified education on animal biology, ecology, wildlife habitat management and maintenance, and communication skills.
Okay, so my daughter wants to do a bit more than just scoop poop at the zoo, but now you get why she's so excited to become a ZooTeen, and why I wish I could!
To learn more about Zoo Boise's upcoming 2025 ZooTeen program, click here.