by: Carolyn Stevens-wood
ZooCorps, Woodland Park Zoo’s teen volunteer program, is truly committed to making their team an inclusive and accessible experience for all.
Makaela Lambert is a trainer and mentor in the ZooCorps program and says that she doesn’t know where her life would be without it. “The community there is like nothing I have ever found. It’s somewhere I can be myself and bond easily.” This sense of community extends to all teens, no matter what their abilities are. Makaela speaks about when she first met Jonah, a ZooCorps member with special needs. “He was nervous, but we clicked right away. I have a lot of precious memories with Jonah now. He has become my buddy.”
Through the ZooCorps program, teens are able to explore different departments within the zoo from animal care to horticulture to public programming. Year-round, they provide education at exhibits and camps, and participate in environmental service projects out in the community.