The Program


Every year more than 80 knowledgeable, dedicated and friendly adults help deliver the Zoo’s messages about animals and conservation efforts.

Should you decide to accept this very important and rewarding job, your new title will be docent. That’s from the Latin word docere, which means teacher. At the Zoo a docent’s teaching job means inspiring visitors to explore their connections with the wonderful world of nature, to care about animals, and to help us conserve the habitats that support them.

If you choose to join the program, you will be armed with the information and communication tools to become a successful docent. These include techniques for engaging in conversation, for helping visitors see and discover, as well as access to “biofacts.” Biofacts are the evidence left behind from animals, which might include a skeleton of a hawk, the pelt of a tiger or the shell of a tortoise.

  • You must be at least 21 years old
  • Attend an informational meeting
  • Complete an application and interview (details explained at information meeting)
  • Attend mandatory training classes held on Saturdays
  • Commit to five hours per month of assistance with the Zoo’s educational activities
Informational Meetings

The Zoo hosts informational meetings to provide those interested with more details on the docent program.

Our next informational meeting is Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m.

For questions or more information, please email


Complete a volunteer application and send it to us. We’ll be in touch!