Lindsay Wildlife Teen Programs

Outstanding Wildlife Leaders (OWLs)

What’s an OWL?

The Outstanding Wildlife Leader (OWL) program (formerly the Interpretive Guides) is a year-long service-learning leadership experience designed for teens ages 13–18. OWLs are an essential part of the Lindsay Wildlife Education team and will have the opportunity to explore the world of environmental education, learn about California wildlife & conservation, and connect with a community of peers who share their interests. We seek a positive and responsible teen who is ready to connect people with wildlife!

Outstanding Wildlife Leaders:

  • Commits to completing a minimum of 100 service hours during the program year.
  • Learn to safely handle and interpret for Lindsay’s mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates ambassadors.
  • Regularly attends onsite weekly shift and provide husbandry care for Lindsay’s domestic animal ambassadors.
  • Support conservation-focused programs & presentations.
  • Participate in professional development activities, and much more!

Application Information

The OWL program is a unique opportunity for teens, taking place from September through August of each program year.

Thank you for your interest in our Outstanding Wildlife Leader program! The 2021-2022 program application is now closed. CLICK HERE to fill out the Youth Programs Interest Form to get notified when the 2022 application period opens. Please feel free to reach out to our team at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Annual program fee: $625 (limited scholarship opportunities may be available)
Lindsay Wildlife Experience is an Equal Opportunity institution; we welcome applications from all those qualified and interested. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply.

General requirements:

  • The applicant must be 13-17 years old by August 1st, 2021.
  • Able to complete a minimum of 100 hours in the program year (minimum requirements will be adjusted based on current state and county health guidelines).
  • Able to consistently participate in remote learning attend 2-hour onsite weekly shift.
  • Have an interest in environmental education and wildlife!

All onsite program activities are subject to the latest state and county health orders. Our team will adjust the requirements as needed to comply with current health and safety recommendations. It is our goal to maintain the quality of content and program experience offered to each participant. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to our team at [email protected]

Have a question? Interested in additional information? Feel free to contact our team at [email protected]

Keepers in Training

What’s a K.I.T?

The Keeper in Training (KIT) program is the perfect opportunity for OWLs who are especially interested in animal care, research, and training. KIT teens work closely with Lindsay’s Animal Encounters department and experience first-hand what it takes to be an animal keeper. The KIT shift requires a substantial time commitment with a high emphasis on reliability. KITs will be expected to attend an OWL Senior Council and are encouraged to maintain an OWL shift attendance.


  • KIT applicant must complete at least one year in the OWL program.
  • Able to regularly and punctually commit to a 4-hour weekly shift.
  • Must demonstrate mature, responsible, and professional behavior at all times
  • Capable of independent work, teamwork, and demonstrate sound judgment with minimal supervision
  • Have adequate mobility to navigate animal enclosures safely
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds confidently
  • Holiday shifts may be required