Family and Group Volunteering

Family & Group Volunteering Opportunities

Animal Enrichment Workshops

Adults, children, families, and groups can assist in creating objects to stimulate animals’ interest and encourage natural behaviors at an Animal Enrichment Workshop.

Individuals need not register ahead of time and no previous training is required; just arrive at 10:00 a.m. ready to work. Group leaders should call the zoo’s Volunteer Office at 260-427-6828 at least one week in advance, with the ages and number of people in the group.

All workshop materials are provided. Participants may want to wear old clothes. No application or training is required. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (a scout or group leader, parent, or guardian.) Because it is a community service opportunity, the Animal Enrichment Workshop does not include zoo admission.

Animal Enrichment Workshop schedule

February 22, 2014
May 24, 2014
August 23, 2014
November 22, 2014

Workshops meet from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon in the Diehm Museum, across the street from the zoo.

FrogWatch USA

Join our grassroots conservation program! FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program that allows individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads. Amphibian populations are indicators of ecosystem health, and they are in decline nationwide. By collecting meaningful data, we can help scientists better understand our hopping green friends.

All are welcome to attend our FrogWatch USA training. Families, adults, teens, groups – anyone can help gather important information about amphibians in the Fort Wayne area and contribute to real conservation efforts!

At a training class, you’ll learn how to identify frogs by their calls. You’ll then visit local wetlands on your own to collect data about the frogs and toads present.

2014 Training Dates:  February 15 and March 1 (pick one)

Training classes will be held at the zoo’s Discovery Classroom on two Saturdays:  February 15 and  March 1, 2014, from 11 AM – 3 PM.  Bring a sack lunch or snack.  There is no fee to attend and you need only attend ONE of the classes. To register for the training or get more information, contact the Zoo Volunteer Office at 260-427-6828 or volunteer@kidszoo.org. You’ll be a part of real effort to preserve the natural wonders in your own back yard.

Wild Zoo Halloween

To learn how your family or organization can participate in the Wild Zoo Halloween, contact the Volunteer Office at 260-427-6828 or e-mail volunteer@kidszoo.org.