Conservation Education Docents
If you like to speak in front of people and enjoy learning about animals and their habitats, you should consider volunteering as a Conservatino Education volunteer at Henry Vilas Zoo.
Your first step is to attend an upcoming "All Aboard" Zoo Volunteer Preview event where you'll be able to register for a training session in the area where you would like to volunteer. To register, email email@example.com or complete the volunteer form at the bottom of this page.
Discovery Docents and Exploration Station Volunteers
Discovery Docents and Exploration Station take either an artifact cart or hands-on kit out onto Zoo grounds, sharing information and artifacts with the public. Volunteers can do this for an hour or an afternoon any day of the week. Each season, we offer a different selection of carts (Big Cat, Birds, Reptiles & Amphibians) and kits depending on their popularity. The experiential kits including one that helps you demonstrate what it is like to walk like a Rhino and another that illustrates what it would be like to do various tasks without the use of your thumbs.
Volunteers must be 13 or over or work with an adult. Training sessions begin each year in the Spring.
Animal Ambassadors are committed to educating school children and the general public about our natural world and the need for conservation. They serve many functions within the department, most notably handling education animals and teaching guests in large presentations and small groups.
It is absolutely critical that Animal Ambassadors be capable of working in a manner that ensures animal welfare as well as the safety of all involved-the animals, the public, and you. Presentations are done on-grounds or out in the community through out "Zoo to You" program. Volunteers must be 18 years old, be available one morning each week particularly during the April - June field trip season, be able to learn proper animal handling techniques, be willing to work primarily with reptiles and insects, and be willing to make a multi-year commitment.
Summer Zoo School Helpers
Zoo School classes run Monday-Friday during summer school break. There are two sessions per day: 10-11:30am and 1-2:30pm. Each class is three consecutive days (Mon.-Wed. or Wed.-Fri.). It would be most helpful if a Zoo School Helper can help for an entire class (three days), or a set day of the week. Zoo School Helpers assist the Zoo School Teachers in a number of ways:
Volunteer Inquiry Form
- Help set up and clean up after the classroom and craft area for each class
- Greet the class and help hand out name tags and return children to their parents at the end of class
- Assist with crafts
- Help keep the class together while traveling around zoo grounds (Zoo School Helpers get to join the class for behind-the-scenes encounters)
Please fill out the form below and it will be emailed to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Please complete all required fields.