Additional training and time commitment required. Education Animal Presenters assist the education department with presenting animals to the public. This can be done in an informal or formal setting. Volunteers must be comfortable handling a variety of animals and comfortable speaking with the public. Training is offered throughout the year.
Volunteers are trained on specific exhibit animal artifacts and interactive games. Must have an outgoing personality, enjoy interacting with people of all ages, and have some knowledge or willing to learn about nature/animals/ecology. Volunteers will need to attend training on the specific exhibit.
Volunteers will help greet teachers, parents and students coming to the Zoo for field trips. Duties include: Bus Hopping, Greeters/Entrance admission, and parking guides. This opportunity is most needed during the month of May!
Volunteers will work with and assist the education department with homeschool classes once a month. Education staff will lead the class, volunteers will help greet participants & parents, keep supplies in order, and provide additional eyes, ears, and hands in the classroom. Volunteer must be available on the 2nd Tuesday of the month January – April.
Join our early childhood team to help provide educational, enriching and fun experiences at Blank Park Zoo. Volunteers will work with and assist the education department during weekly early childhood classes, for children ages one - four. Education staff will lead the classes; volunteers may help greet participants, support participants during learning activities and crafts, and help keep supplies in order.
Ruby Readers will read stories monthly for the Ruby the Red Panda story time hour. Story time includes reading out loud age appropriate books, rhymes and songs related to Blank Park Zoo.
Volunteers should be very comfortable reading out loud to children under 5 years old. If the volunteer is a trained animal presenter they may help with the animal presentation. Otherwise, Education staff will facilitate the education animal presentation.
Community Engagement volunteers will attend offsite programs with education staff and assist in delivering fun, interactive programs to all ages. Programs types typically include community booths and after school programs.
Volunteers will help conduct activities including games, crafts, stories, experiments, lessons, artifact interpretations, etc. As well as, assist in creating an educational environment that is safe for the audience and the animals. Volunteers will also assist in creating smooth transitions between activities such as; setting up crafts, aiding in games, and working with kids that need more guidance during activities.