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Kidzone Play Pal

Assignment Responsibilities

Volunteers facilitate play at Kidzone, a nature-based play area geared toward guests ages 3-10 years old. Kidzone is a place where children and their parents can play, explore, and interact with nature in a fun, safe environment. Play Pals engage children in activities such as fort building, making mud pies, playing in the stream, walking across logs, identifying backyard wildlife, crafts, programs, and much more. Activities might leave volunteers and young guests a little dirty but with smiles on their faces and an appreciation for playing outside! Play Pals are responsible for performing a variety of functions, including facilitating outdoor exploration, leading activities, organizing crafts, engaging in storytelling, and assisting with animal encounter opportunities as requested.

Time Commitments

Available Shifts: March - October, Thursdays - Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm.


Training will provide a clear understanding of the Zoo’s mission by introducing ecology and how all things are connected, showing human influences, demonstrating non/effective communication skills, and teaching volunteers how to incorporate conservation messages into programs.

Age Requirement

Minimum age requirement is 12 years old. Youth may volunteer for this assignment without a parent or legal guardian.

Apply to Volunteer

Interested in becoming a Zoo volunteer? Complete the online volunteer application and you will be contacted regarding orientation and training. Please complete only one application regardless of the area of interest. 

Complete a Volunteer Interest Form