Zoo University Camp Staff


Issana - Instructor

Hi there! I’m Issana! I am currently pursuing my Master of Education at UW and IslandWood, adding to several years of animal husbandry and zoo education work. I enjoy every moment of learning and teaching about the natural world around us and hope to inspire others to do the same. I love to dance (anywhere and anytime), explore new hiking trails, meet new friends, and observe animal behavior! My favorite animal is the Red Panda – what’s yours? 

Connor - Assistant

Hello, my name is Connor. This will be my second year working with the Zooper Day camp. I have lived in Seattle all of my life and I love the Zoo. I play guitar and drums in a local band. I also love spending time outside hiking, snowboarding, camping, and playing baseball. I am attending Occidental College in LA next year. I am excited for another fun summer!

Carissa – Assistant

Hi, I’m Carissa! I just graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Environmental Studies and have spent the last two summers working at the summer camp program at the San Diego Zoo. I love teaching kids about neat animals, plants, and the awesome ecosystems they are a part of. I can’t wait to do this some more at the Woodland Park Zoo! I also love hiking, tidepooling, hanging out near the water, and exploring urban nature.

Mackenzie – Instructor

Hi! My name is Mackenzie and this is my 10th summer working at Woodland Park Zoo! I started as a ZooCorps high school volunteer and then intern before I began working as an instructor in the summer camps program. When I am not working at the zoo I am an elementary special education teacher in Lake Washington S.D..  I am looking forward to getting out of the classroom for some fun this summer! When I am not working I enjoy cooking, salsa dancing and enjoying the outdoors!

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