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Category: Zoo Volunteers

More Fun for More Kids: Jungle Gym Updates Focus on Accessibility

ZOOfriends, the OKC Zoo and the Junior League of Oklahoma City (JLOC) spent more than a year laying the groundwork for the renovation of the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Jungle Gym, undertaken in honor of JLOC's 90th anniversary. In 2004, the same organizations joined forces to create the 30,000 square foot playground. Much of the project's focus was on making the Jungle Gym more accessible, and this included the addition of an “Ability Whirl”, allowing children in wheelchairs... Read More
at Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Is the Wild Calling You?

Are you inspired by nature and want to make impact on the environment while having fun? The Zoo welcomes volunteers to join our family in answering the ‘call of the wild’! Our newly redesigned volunteer programs have more opportunities, flexibility, and FUN than ever before.  In 2017, the Zoo benefited from more than 30,366 hours of service from dedicated volunteers. These volunteers inspired our guests to learn about wildlife, planted thousands of tulips, distributed more... Read More
at Thursday, April 19, 2018
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UPDATE (April 5, 2018): Thanks to your generosity, all volunteer shifts have been filled! We are so grateful for your continued support!   Join Junior League of Oklahoma City , ZOOfriends and the OKC Zoo as they embark on an expansion and renovation of the Jungle Gym at the Zoo, April 12 – 15, 2018. Volunteers and material support are needed to help update and refresh the playground, as well expand its footprint to add a few new features and components. Families, friends,... Read More
at Monday, March 5, 2018
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Master Gardeners “Dig In” at OKC Zoo’s Botanical Garden

Public gardens like those at the Oklahoma City Zoo rely on a steady stream of volunteers to supplement regular garden staff and anyone from retired seniors interested in gardening to horticulture enthusiasts are invited to join the Zoo's botanic team any time of year. I recently visited the Oklahoma State University County Extension Office to speak with a local Master Gardener group regarding the Zoo's diverse volunteer opportunities, including the planting of... Read More
at Monday, January 15, 2018
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Zoos to the Rescue! OKC Curator Assists in Post-Hurricane Rebuilding Efforts

I have the best job in the world! Every day, I get to bring people closer to the natural world and help them make connections. One of the reasons I am so lucky is I get to work with some of the best people in the world. Anyone in the zoo field will tell you, we are one big family! As a curator, I look to my fellow zoo family members to help answer questions, share conservation successes and partner together to ensure the best experiences for our animals and guests. Just like family, we also... Read More
at Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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Junior Curator Teen Volunteers: Growing Up While Making a Difference

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” Children get that question often as they grow and their answers frequently change through the years. But for the 45 Junior Curator (JC) teen volunteers at the Zoo, their answers are simple and similar, “I want to help animals.” Whether desiring to become a zookeeper, veterinarian or field researcher, some teens decide to begin following their dreams at an early age and essentially “grow up” as JCs at the Zoo. ... Read More
at Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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Maybe You Really Do Belong in a Zoo!

Do people often say because of your lively and energetic personality that you belong in a zoo?  If you have a love for furry and feathered animals, and the unlimited inspiration of nature, then maybe you do belong at the Zoo--as a  volunteer ! The truth is the Zoo depends on  volunteer s to continually bring its mission and message to life in the community. The Zoo benefited from more than 29,500 man-hours of service from dedicated  volunteer s in 2016.  These ... Read More
at Thursday, March 2, 2017
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