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Science and Nature
Career Day at PDZA
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407 US
CostFree Free admission for grades 6-12 and college students; Adults and younger children $7.95–$15.95
Age RecommendationGrades 6-12 plus college students (adult required for participants under age 16)
During Career Day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Nov. 12, students from sixth-grade through college 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 have opportunities to visit behind-the-scenes areas of the zoo. Admission to the zoo and Career Day activities is 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-discovery-programs. For more information on Career Day, visit www.pdza.org/career-information. 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.