Teen Animal Care Program

Do you love animals? Did you ever wonder what a tortoise eats? Join the fun and become a Teen Animal Care Volunteer! Volunteers assist the Animal Keepers in most aspects of the daily care and upkeep of the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit. Volunteers might feed some sea stars, exercise the rabbits, sweep out the aviary, or answer a visitor’s questions. All volunteers must first participate in an animal care class. This class, taught by the Animal Staff, teaches kids the care of all of the animals of the museum, plus valuable biology and ecology lessons. Volunteers typically begin with basic tasks like cleaning and food preparation, and, as their skills and experience increase, move on to more demanding activities such as assisting with animal health checks or handling raptors.

“My memories will always be light when I remember all the ways that the Randall helped me grow up to be ready now for college. All those Saturdays spent in the Animal Room were my favorite days of the week!”

How to Become a Teen Animal Volunteer

In order to volunteer in the Randall Museum Animal Exhibit, all volunteers must first complete the Animal Care Class, offered once each year beginning in October. All participants must be at least 13 years old on the first day of the class. This class is very popular so be sure to register soon after the class is announced in the Randall Museum Fall Activity Schedule.

Registration for the Teen Animal Care Class is done through San Francisco Recreation and Parks. Prior to registering for any Randall Museum class you must have a Family account set up with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Go to the Classes section of this website or San Francisco Recreation and Park to see how to set up a Family account and register for classes.

“I enjoyed spending time with the animals and all the people who work there. It was always a great way to end the school week.”

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