National Volunteer Week at Blank Park Zoo

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National Volunteer Week at Blank Park Zoo


Next time you see one of our amazing volunteers at the Zoo, be sure to thank them for all they do!

Sunday, April 6 was the start of Volunteer Appreciation Week here at Blank Park Zoo and there is much to celebrate. From the painting of the break room to our Volunteer Luncheon and everything in between, volunteers should definitely be highlighted during such an exciting week at the Zoo.

Nationwide volunteers spent several days in March coming out to the Zoo to help paint and spruce up the break room for Zoo employees. The room went from bare and basic to brightly colored and inviting—the perfect place for office staff and animal keepers to eat and relax during the day! Zoo staff are excited about the change and appreciate Nationwide taking time out of their day to make ours a little brighter. 

Becky Klingston poses during National Volunteer Week celebration at Blank Park Zoo

Volunteer Appreciation Week is the perfect way to give back to those that have spent several hours at the Zoo, making sure our guests are receiving the ultimate Zoo experience. On Sunday, April 6 volunteers were able to bring out family and friends to experience behind the scenes tours, including the giraffe barn, big cat holding area, rhino holding area, and the service building, which is where all of the education animals are held. From there volunteers had the chance to ride the carousel or explore the gift shop with their guests. 

Left: Roxanne Kucharski, one of the Zoo’s beloved volunteers, poses with her flamingo pin in February after earning over 75 hours of service in 2013 at Blank Park Zoo. 

Volunteer Fact: In 2013, we had over 480 volunteers dedicate 15,000 hours of volunteer service at the Zoo!

Volunteers participate in several activities throughout the year, including Night Eyes, Zoo Brew, and our upcoming event on April 12 and 19, Eggstravaganza. “On behalf of all the staff here- Thank you volunteers for your support, dedication, and hard work to make Blank Park Zoo Iowa’s Wildest Adventure!”- Chris Eckles

Interested in becoming a Zoo volunteer? Contact Chris Eckles at

The Zoo Volunteer Pride is an essential part of promoting our mission; “to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation.”

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