Zookeeper Programs


We now offer camps for both kids & adults!

 Registration is OPEN


Zookeeper Program for Youth ages 6 – 16:

Does your child have a passion for animals? Would he or she love to have a chance to work behind the scenes? Then this is the opportunity they have been waiting for! We’ll be hosting Junior Zookeeper Classes throughout the Summer. Participants will get the opportunity to help our staff clean animal enclosures, prepare meals and feed the animals, learn reptile husbandry and simple vet care, handle animals that the general public typically does not get to work with and receive special training on how to deal with reptiles in the wild. Zookeeper duties will vary so each session will not be the same.

  • Cost will be $35/child/session for the Initial session, then $25/session for additional session.  Additional sessions do not include a T-shirt.
  • Zookeeper time frame: 2 hours. 
  • Includes a T-Shirt (with Initial Registration)
  • Children can book single sessions or multiple sessions.
  • Questions?  801-577-7182 or info@scalesandtailsutah.com


Summer Camp – Dates/Topics:


6/3 – LEAPING LIZARDS – Come learn about the cute and cuddly lizards along with the the bigger more advanced species.

6/10 – TURTLES & TORTOISES – What makes a turtle a turtle and a tortoise a tortoise? Can a tortoise come out of their shell? Find out the answer to these questions and more!

6/17 – BIG & DANGEROUS – Big and dangerous reptiles often get a bad wrap.  Come learn more about these unique species and come away with a healthy respect for their part in the ecosystem.

6/24 – SNAKES COME IN ALL SIZES – Saying snake is like saying dog.  You can find snakes as big around as your thumb here in Utah, and some as longer than a car in Asia.  Come learn about a variety of snake species in this fun camp!

7/1 – PHYLOGENY DAY – What is Phylogeny?  It’s the history of a species.  Learn about the history of reptiles and how they got to be where they are today.

7/8 – CARE OF MYSTICAL CREATURES – Our specially trained wizards and witches will transport you to a mystical realm to learn more about the magical creatures found in the wizarding world. 

7/15 – VENOM DAY – Spiders, scorpions, rattlesnakes and venomous lizards!  Come learn about the importance of venom and how to distinguish it from poison.

7/22 – CROCODILIAN DAY –  Find out how to tell the difference between alligators, crocodiles and caiman.  See what amazing attributes they have to protect themselves and help them live really long lifespans.

7/29 – ANIMAL LOCOMOTION – Does it slither, sidewind, crawl or jump? Learn how various reptiles move!  

 8/5 – ANIMALS IN THE WILD – We will learn more about local reptile species, how they blend in with their surroundings and how we can safely find and identify them in the wild.

  • Maximum of 20 participants per keeper session
  • Minimum of 5 participants required to run the session
  • Participant must fill out registration form and liability waiver prior to participation
  • Separate registration REQUIRED for EACH participant (so we can obtain all the specific info for that child)
  • Youth ages 6-16 allowed to participate
  • Zookeeper duties will vary from session to session
  • Participants may sign up for multiple sessions (must repeat registration for each date of camp)
  • Please note, registration is not final until you have paid and been accepted into the date requested by reply e-mail.
  • Multiple dates can be added to the same registration, but PLEASE do not add multiple participants on the same registration.  Separate registrations needed to collect all pertinent info for each child.  

Scales & Ales

Adult Workshops for 21+

What is Scales & Ales?

Each month we have a fun topic about reptiles. We meet at our facilty in Kearns and focus on that topic for about about an hour and a half while also interacting with some cool animals, and then we’ll head over to a local brewery at Jordan Landing to relax while we continue our conversations and build new friendships with like minded reptile enthusiests!  We have made the age limit 21+ as some of the breweries are also 21+. 

What are the details for this month?

Date/Time: Thursday, June 13th @ 6pm

Location: 4944 W 6200 S, Kearns, UT 84118

Topic: Crocodillians are Cool!

We will be getting an up close look at caiman, crocodiles and alligators. Participants will have a chance to hold these amazing creatures (with mouth taped) and even have a chance to experience catching one of them up from their enclosure so dress in clothing you can get wet. We will end the workshop with a demonstration by head croc trainer, Lindsay Bull, as she goes in with our 9ft American Alligator, Darthgator and shows off his training. Following the workshop we will head over to ‘Bout Time Brewery at Jordan Landing for a social hour.

Cost: $25/individual Ticket or $40/for two (automatically calculated at checkout)

What’s Included?  Reptile Workshop and reptile handling at our Facility

What’s Not Included? Any food or drink purchased at the local brewery. Please do not pre-game for your safety and the safety of our animals.

What’s coming up? 

June 13th – Crocodilians

July 18th – Giant Snakes

August 22nd – Venom Night

Participant Requirements: 4 Participants minimum and 20 participants max.

Questions? 801-577-7182 or info@scalesandtailsutah.com


To Register:

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