FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Pulling weeds in the heat might not sound fun, but the teens in the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s Teens for Nature program don’t mind.
It’s for a good cause.
“So we can promote growth for butterflies so that they can come here, as well as bees,” volunteer Faith Ryder said.
The conservation crew in the Teens For Nature program does even more than that.
“We promote conservation throughout the zoo,” Ryder said. “We talk to guests and we present them with different games to encourage them to understand and experience conservation in our world, in Indiana and everywhere else.”
The program allows kids from 7th-12th grade to explore different aspects of working with wildlife and in nature.
For Ryder, it’s a way to get an early start on her dream career.
She wants to be a marine veterinarian.
“I thought it would be a really good kickstart for me to get experience on what I want to be in the future and see what it would be like to be here,” she said.
Volunteer Aaron Lazoff hopes the work ethic he develops from this experience will benefit him later on as well.
“Because I feel like the more you are dedicated to your job, the more successful you will be in life,” he said.
Lazoff said it’s important to teach kids his age and younger about conservation now.
“Technically we and they are the next generations, so if we inform them, they can help out to make the world a better place in the future,” he said.