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Special Event VolunteersFort Worth Zoo volunteers

The Fort Worth Zoo is always in need of spirited volunteers (individuals and groups) to join the Zoo Crew during special events including Zoo Run and Boo at the Zoo. The days, times and age requirements are different for each event. For special event volunteer information, please email us or check out our event calendar, which details volunteer opportunities.

Zoo Run Volunteers

Whether you have volunteered with us in the past or this is your first time, anyone is welcome to gain hours and experience at the Fort Worth Zoo! Here are some things to note for your day:

  • Arrival time: 6 a.m.
  • Departure time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Volunteer registration fee: $5
  • Volunteer group registration fee: $20
  • You must be 18 years or older in order to volunteer.


All volunteers receive a T-shirt and Zoo pass. Space is limited, so register soon. After registering, you will receive more information to help you plan for the morning. Please email volunteer@fortworthzoo.org if you have any questions about volunteering for Zoo Run!

Teen Volunteer Program

Weekday Home School Volunteens

This program provides local home-schooled teens, ages 12 to 17, the opportunity to assist our Zoo Preschool teachers. They help set up, clean up and assist students with crafts and excursions into the Zoo. Volunteens come in once a week for either half of the day or a full day. There are also Summer Zoo Camp volunteen opportunities. The fall session runs from September to December and the spring session runs from January to May. Applications are completed online and interviews are scheduled after the final application date. After interviewing all applicants, the Education staff will make selections. Selected Volunteens are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester.


Summer Volunteen Program

Due to COVID-19 we are cancelling the summer volunteen program.  If you have registered you will be given a total refund.

Please allow 10 days for the refund to reflect in your account.  We hope you’ll join us again next summer 2021 to volunteer.Summer volunteers at Fort Worth Zoo

Summer Volunteens (students entering grades nine through 12 for the 2019 – 2020 school year) spend one week during the summer assisting staff in our Summer Zoo Camps. Camps run Monday through Friday, from June to August. Teens in grades nine and 10 will assist in half-day camps from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and teens in grades 11 to 12 will assist in full-day camps from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about Summer Volunteen opportunities.


For more information, contact the education department:
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7200
fax: 817-759-7201
email: education@fortworthzoo.org