Joan Hilton ’12 is spending her summer interning as a camp counselor at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Hilton, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in aesthetics, is assisting in programs for children ages 4-13 throughout the summer.
Each week Hilton is assigned to a specific age group, with each group participating in different activities. Daily lessons include meeting three different animals in the classroom as well as time with crafts, games, books, and a tour of a sector of the zoo that compliments the lesson.
Hilton hopes to learn as much as she can about as many different animals as possible, while educating and interacting with children.
“My ultimate career goal is to be a marine mammal trainer, working specifically with dolphins, whales and sea lions,” says Hilton. “I love being around animals, so any opportunity like this that comes my way to help educate people about why zoos and aquariums do what they do I will gladly take on.”