The Zoo, home to expansive habitats and award-winning buildings throughout 125 acres, is enhanced by our awe-inspiring landscape. Gardening volunteers are essential in the beautification of the Zoo and help enrich the experience for all.



Adopt-a-Garden Gardener

Adopt-a-Garden volunteers maintain specific beds at the Zoo. Volunteers plant, weed and water those beds during the growing season.

  • Training 45 – 60 minutes with landscape staff
  • Flexible, at least two times a month

Garden Assistant

Garden assistants support the landscape staff with special projects throughout the Zoo. They may help to tend flowers in the greenhouse, spread mulch and weed invasive plants.

  • Training 45 – 60 minutes with landscape staff
  • Flexible, year-round shifts ranging from 2-3 hours


  • How Does it work – Volunteer Opportunities

    Steps to become a volunteer:

    1.   Complete an on-line application
    2.   Receive and return a background check form
      please note: all adult volunteers are required to complete and pass a criminal background check
    3.   Receive an invitation to attend an on-line new volunteer orientation
    4.   Sign up and attend on-line orientation
    5.   Purchase required uniform t-shirt ($10.00)
    6.   Start volunteering!