Last year, over 940 volunteers gave 34,272 hours of support in a wide variety of important activities. Volunteers are needed to engage guests in fun, educational interactions on grounds and in the community; to help our Horticulture Department to maintain plantings around the Zoo, supervising animal interactions at the KidZone (goat yard) and camel rides, supporting office personnel with administrative projects, leading crafts and games at special events, and much more. The Zoo offers volunteer positions for people with all types of schedules and interests, and we are hoping to add approximately 120 new volunteers this year.
During the Open House, there will be information sessions at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 where guests will learn about the essential role volunteers play in conservation education, grounds keeping, and visitor support. Current volunteers and staff will be on hand to discuss spring openings, including training, scheduling, and the rewards of volunteering. We will also have representatives on hand to discuss college internships, and the Junior Zoo Crew, our unique service-learning program for teens ages 14-17.