Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Group Volunteer Program is temporarily suspended.
Group volunteering at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a great way to bond with your corporation, community group, or school, while also giving back to your community! Groups can help with Service Projects or Special Events while volunteering at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
Please review the following information and submit a Group Volunteer Request Form if interested. Group Applications are processed year-round.
Projects can vary based on the time of year and what department you are assisting. Here are some examples:
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers many events year-round. For more information on each, please contact the Volunteer Engagement Department. Here are some examples:
Your group qualifies to participate if:
Steps to request a service project:
Step 1. Plan ahead. This program is popular, and service projects and special events book quickly. Service projects must be scheduled a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Most events fill up months in advanced. Your group must receive written confirmation to ensure you are booked on the day/time requested.
Step 2. Fill out and return the appropriate request form: Service Project Request Form or Special Event Request Form. As your company or organization's group project leader, please help us to ensure that all of your team members participating have read and received the information on page one of this form.
Step 3. All volunteers must sign and return the Group Volunteer Paperwork (Liability Waiver, Social Media Policy, and Tetanus Wavier). Any group member ages 14-18 must sign this form and have their parent/guardian sign the Volunteer Liability Waiver as well. These forms can be e-mailed to email@example.com prior to the volunteer date or turned in the day of. This is required of all volunteers to participate.
Step 4. The Zoo’s Volunteer Engagement Department will contact you via e-mail or phone to confirm your date and provide the details your group will need.
Step 5. On your volunteer day, come to the Zoo dressed for the weather and have fun!
If you need to cancel once your opportunity has been confirmed, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We kindly ask that you give at least a 48-hour notice of cancellation for service projects and one-week notice for special events.
Is your company or organization a member of the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens Business Partner Program? If so, contact us about setting up a volunteer schedule with your employees!
If you are interested in becoming a partner, click here for more information.