Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Local Conservation Outreach

The Wild Bunch - Local Conservation Outreach

The Wild Bunch Team, consist of zoo staff & community volunteers, who work with local conservation organizations to develop and take action in our local community.   

In 2015, WILD BUNCH volunteers participated in the following local conservation projects:

Trash Bash – Taking Action for our Earth!

Earth day is about action for the environment.   Teams of volunteers are placed at work site around the metro to help clear brush, pick up trash, and make Des Moines a healthy vibrate place to live! To find out more information on how you can be involved check out the Des Moines Parks & Recreation website.

UpCycle – Improving our Woodlands!

This program is a partnership between Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines Parks & Recreation, and Trees Forever.  The focus of this project is to improve the health of our woodlands by removing invasive species and upcycling them into Zoo food for the giraffes, rhinos, etc. We generally meet every second Saturday of the month (May –October) at Greenwood Park.  For more information on dates and how you can be involved check out the Des Moines Parks & Recreation or Trees Forever websites.

Creek/Watershed Clean Up – Protecting our Waterways!

Polk County Soil & Water Conservation works to protect our waterways.  Volunteers are vital in keeping Iowa’s lakes, streams, and rivers clean and healthy.

Prairie Seed Harvesting – Brining back out Natural Heritage!

Native flowers and prairies are an important part of Iowa’s natural history.  Harvesting native plants helps local agencies like Polk County Conservation, plant sustainable prairies for our pollinators and wildlife.  

Would you like to get involved and volunteer with the Wild Bunch this year?  Contact our Volunteer Manager volunteer@blankparkzoo.org for more information and a calendar of events.

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