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Summer Teen Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in our Summer Teen Volunteer Program! We will share updated information here and begin accepting applications for our 2019 summer program in early 2019. Please view general information about the program below.

Join our Summer Teen Crew!

Butterfly Pavilion Summer Teen Volunteers learn about our awesome invertebrate animals, gain interpretation skills through a comprehensive training course, and provide hands-on interpretation in our exhibits. Summer Teen Volunteers also have opportunities to volunteer with summer camps, evaluation, horticulture, and more!

The summer will include a kickoff party, field trip, skill-building workshop, end-of-season awards, and other opportunities to explore your interests, all while having a great time! Summer teens will gain valuable experience through their volunteer service and will complete an independent poster project to present at the end of the season.


  • Summer teen volunteers must be able to actively and enthusiastically interact with Butterfly Pavilion guests of all ages and diverse backgrounds. This opportunity is best for those with an interest in invertebrates, conservation, or education.
  • Must be 13-17 yrs of age AND in or entering high school in fall.
  • Able to commit to a regular weekly schedule and at least 60 hours of volunteer training and service between June and August.
  • Must be able to attend required training dates and poster presentation session. (Check back in early 2019 for dates).

Key Duties & Activities

  • Learn all about invertebrate animals, their habitats, and conservation issues they face as well as how to provide excellent interpretation and a great guest experience.
  • Interact with our guests of all ages, providing interpretation at a variety of interactive discovery stations throughout the exhibits.
  • Assist with special events and in other Butterfly Pavilion operations. Options vary based upon schedule and include: Horticulture, Guest Surveys, Youth Camps, Birthday Parties, and more.
  • Work independently to create a poster presentation about a favorite volunteer activity or learning experience during your summer. At the end of the season, present your poster to staff, volunteers, and special guests – parents and family invited!