Editor's Note: The Woodland Park Zoo participated in the Youth Program Quality Initiative to build a hands-on summer program that keeps kids learning beyond the classroom. Eli Weiss, youth programs supervisor at the zoo, explains the unique approach they take to engage young people with STEM-related content.
Summer is here and at the Woodland Park Zoo our youth programs are in full swing. On our 92 acre grounds and beyond, middle and high school students find a place to learn and grow outside of the classroom, through participation in the ZooCrew and ZooCorps programs. We provide youth an opportunity to make real life connections to science, develop communication and job skills and explore STEM and conservation careers. Each year 300+ middle- and high-school-aged youth are engaged in free out-of-school time and summer programs, which are rooted in youth development best practices.