Did You Know?
Magellanic penguins are named after Ferdinand Magellan who first discovered them in 1519.
Do you love working with people and animals? Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? Become a Potter Park Zoo Docent and join over a hundred others with the same appreciation for wildlife and desire to make a difference.
Zoo docents are the friendly, fun-loving and knowledgeable volunteer men and women who conduct the various educational programs at the zoo and in the community.
As a docent, you'll receive a discount to the Zoovenir store and a free family membership to the Potter Park Zoo after one year of service. But the main benefit is being able to participate in one of the best wildlife education programs in the country by helping people of all ages learn and understand the importance of preserving our wildlife environment.
To become a docent you must be 18 years of age or older, successfully complete the docent training course, have good communication skills and the ability to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours per year for at least 2 years. All qualified applicants will be asked to interview with Education Department staff.
There is also a $35 initial registration fee for all candidates who are accepted into the docent training program, and a materials fee due upon completion of the course.
Join today and make a difference!
Interested? Fill out an application and bring it (or mail it) to the Zoo! Docent classes begin in February each year.
Applications for the 2016 class will be accepted until January 26.
Join us in the zoo's Discovery Center for the Docent/Volunteer recruitment event Saturday January 9 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM. learn more about the Docent Program, meet education animals and experienced docents, and have the opportunity to have your questions answered.
Please check out our What’s Happening for other great ways to get involved at Potter Park Zoo.