By Kris Sherman, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
TACOMA – Kids have met the polar bears. They’ve been enthralled by E.T. the Walrus. And mesmerized by swimming sharks. Now, they have a chance to learn what it would be like to work with animals up close.
Career Day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is Nov. 9, and students from sixth-grade through college age can see firsthand what it takes to be a zookeeper, zoo veterinarian, marine biologist or environmental educator.
They’ll see special animal presentations, learn how staff biologists care for animals, pick up free information and even have opportunities to visit behind-the-scenes areas of the zoo.
Admission to the zoo and Career Day activities are free for sixth-through-12th grade students and those who are college age. However, students under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., with activities running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pre-registration is not required, but all students, including zoo members, must check in with Career Day staff before getting their tickets.
Spaces on behind-the-scenes tours are limited.
For an even more exclusive behind-the-scenes look at zoological careers, students can register for a Keeper for a Day or Marine Biologist for a Day experience, scheduled throughout the year. For more information about these and other fee-based Career Discovery programs, visit www.pdza.org/teen-career-
For more information on Career Day, go to www.pdza.org/career-
Parents and siblings who aren’t eligible for free admission on Career Day can get discounted tickets to the zoo online at www.pdza.org.