Join Our Adopt-A-Garden Program!

The Potter Park Zoo Adopt-A-Garden program looks to open the zoo’s numerous gardens to community members of all skill levels through the adoption and beautification of a plot.

Whether you are a master gardener of just beginning to nurture your green thumb, we invite you to connect with the culture and natural landscape of the zoo. Each adopted garden plot will come with a personalized plaque displaying a name or memorial of the adopter’s choosing.

Potter Park Zoo will supply all simple garden tools, mulch, and leaf bags to adopters while they are at the zoo to help get them going on creating their horticultural space. Adopters are responsible for supplying their own plants. All plant material must be approved by the Potter Park Zoo Horticulturist and Volunteer Coordinator prior to bringing them into the zoo, as many plants can be toxic to animals.

Gardening Hours

Garden adopters will have access to their space seven days a week during standard Potter Park Zoo hours of operation. Once inside the zoo, adopters may remain until one hour after the zoo closes for the day.

How to Apply

Interested in adopting a space of your own? Fill out our volunteer application form to begin the process today. Once your registration form has been received, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator to set up a time to come in and check out our available spaces.