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Zoo Crew Volunteer Program 

Zoo Crew is a unique opportunity for teens to experience the exciting world at the Children’s Zoo.

Zoo Crew Service Areas

Animal Sections

  • Assist a Zookeeper with cleaning and maintaining animal exhibits
  • Help to prepare and distributing animal diets
  • Help to create animal enrichment projects

Zoo Visitor Services

  • Provide visitors with the opportunity to have their face painted or feed an animal
  • Assist with tasks to keep the Zoo clean and running smoothly


  • Assist in greeting and educating our visitors in the Kangaroo Walkabout
  • Help visitors offer a treat to the cockatiels in the Walk-through Aviary
  • Assist in the Animal Stars reptile building
  • Help to educate our visitors at a Bio-fact Presentation Station
  • Assist at an amphitheater show

Zoo Camp

  • Assist Zoo Camp instructors with daily crafts and activities
  • Help to clean up and set up Zoo Camps.

Horticulture/Grounds Maintenance

  • Assist in maintaining the Zoo grounds and gardens by watering, weeding, and maintaining common areas. 

Assist with other assigned tasks.

Zoo Crew Face Painting

Zoo Crew Requirements:

  • Be between ages 13-18
  • Commit to 40 service hours over the course of the program
  • Apply for acceptance into the program with recommendation from two non-related adults
  • Sign a release of liability form (parent and/or guardian)
  • Abide by Zoo policies and procedures
  • Attend a 60-minute volunteer orientation with a parent and/or guardian
  • Report on time for scheduled service areas
  • Wear a designated uniform while on Zoo property
  • Proof of current tetanus vaccine and negative TB test in the last six months

Zoo Crew Benefits:

  • Start building your resume today by learning skills needed for future employment endeavors
          *Learn time management skills       *Participate in group activities

          *Workplace responsibility               *Gain confidence with public presentations

  • Fulfill school requirements for community service
    • Please see your school for requirements and needed paperwork
  • Learn what it is like to work in various areas of the zoo, and see if there is a future in a zoo for you
  • Discounts available on food and Zoo Store merchandise while volunteering

Zoo Crew Members receive:

  • Supervision from assigned Zoo staff member
  • Opportunity to meet and work with students from various schools in the area
  • 2 uniform shirts to wear on Zoo property while working
  • Graduation certificate and celebration

The 2014 Application deadline has passed.  Please check with website in early spring for 2015 Application

We are pleased that you have chosen the Children's Zoo for an exciting adventure this year! We are the premier place in the Great Lakes Bay Region for entertaining and educating children. Please keep the following information in mind when planning your trip to ensure a great experience.

Group Admission Policy

Group rates are available to groups of 10 or more, by reservation only.  

Please schedule your field trip with us in advance. We often have many groups visiting on the same day; scheduling in advance qualifies you for group admission and ride rates and helps ensure a smoother entry process for all.  Call (989) 759-1408 to schedule your field trip.

Group Admission:  $6.50 per person*Busses unloading students  Zoo Members enter for free, but one of the named adults must be present with membership card and ID for entry.

Thrifty Tuesday Group Admission:
  $5.00 per person

*Please Note:  1 free teacher per 20 students.

Ride Tickets:  $2 per person, per ride
Unlimited Wristband:  $5 per person

Group Visit Registration Form (PDF)

Thrifty Tuesday Registration Form (PDF)

Registration forms must be printed and filled out with the correct number of children, adults, free teachers, and rides BEFORE arriving at the Zoo.  If the form is not filled out, it will delay entry into the Zoo for your group.

For more information or to make a group reservation, please call (989) 759-1408. 

Attention Teachers!!

The Zoo is now offering a self-guided scavenger hunt for classes! Please note that groups interested in the program must print materials in advance. Teachers are responsible for visiting our website for supplement materials and making adequate copies for students. This program is intended for students Kindergarten through 5th grade.  

Your group leader or contact person is responsible for payment of the entire party. Parent chaperones must be included in this payment to receive the group rate. (Please note: parents paying individually will be charged regular adult admission price, and will cause your group's admission to be delayed.)

Busses arriving at the Zoo 

Chaperones – To ensure a safe and positive Zoo experience for you and all our guests, as well as the safety of our animals, we ask that you bring a minimum of one (1) adult for every five (5) children to accompany children's groups. Six children will require two adults, etc.

Upon arrival, please have your bus pull up to the front gate of the Zoo. One adult, usually the group leader, is then required to report to the admission booth with the group payment. A greeter will meet your group on the bus to explain the Zoo rules. If your group is traveling by car, please gather your group and have children sit if possible.  Do not block the front entrance.  When orientation is finished, a staff member will lead your group to the front gate to enter the Zoo.

Eating at the Zoo – You are welcome to enjoy your sack lunch in our picnic area inside the Zoo. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis. For the safety of our animals, please avoid bringing glass or aluminum containers and drinking straws into the Zoo.

Courtesy and Safety Staff member going over rules with students

The Zoo is a fun place to be, especially when our guests respect the Zoo and each other. Please review the following information with your students and chaperones before entering the Zoo:

  • Chaperones are to remain with, and supervise, their groups at all times.
  • If we see you smoking, we'll assume you're on fire and throw water on you ... just kidding. However, we are a non-smoking facility and we kindly ask that you refrain from smoking while on Zoo grounds.
  • Please do not cross the barriers or fences around exhibits.
  • Share your food with people instead of animals. People food can make our animals sick! Please do not feed the animals, including our roaming birds.
  • Help keep our exhibits safe and clean ... please do not throw anything into the exhibits, as this can be dangerous for the animals.
  • No one likes being picked on ... please do not chase, tease or yell at the animals.
  • We don't like sad goodbyes ... for the safety and enjoyment of all, guests who do not abide by these guidelines may be asked to leave.

We appreciate your cooperation and hope you have a great day at the Zoo!

Zoo Camps

Are you a future zookeeper or veterinarian? Track animals from the Amazon to the Arctic ... or soar with a bird, rendezvous with a reptile, discover amazing animal skills and adaptations, or become a protector of the planet.

Zoo Camp Zoo Camp

The possibilities are endless at our summer day camps!

All camps run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Drop-off is no earlier than 8:45 a.m. and pick-up may be no later than 3:15 p.m.

Please refer to the Registration Form for further details.

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2014 Zoo Camps

Ages 5-7
Future Zookeeper (July 14th-15th)
What does it take to care for zoo animals?  This two day camp will take you to many places in the zoo and introduce you to the amazing people who make the zoo such a special place!

Zoo the Extreme (July 16th)
Can you jump higher than a bobcat?  This one day camp will get you up and moving to see if you have what it takes to keep up with the zoo's most extreme residents!

Artsy Smartsy (July 17th)
It's animals!  It's art!  This one day multi-media camp will be a great introduction to creative fun!

Zooper Heroes (July 8th-9th)
Ever wish you had a super power to help save and protect others?  This two day camp will help bring out the inner zooper hero in you!

Ages 5-8
Zoo-seum Camp/Poo, Goo, and Eww (July 21st-25th*)
*July 21, 24, and 25 will be held at the Mid Michigan Children's Museum; July 22 and 23 will be at the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square.

Why do animals do that?  It's gross!  It's disgusting!  It's COOL!  This camp will let you get up close and sticky with the strange and awesome things that animals do.  Come prepared to get deep (and dirty) in the science of creatures gross and disgusting.

Ages 8-10
Homes Around the World (July 24th-25th)
Get close to the animals! Learn all about their habitats during this two day camp!

Junior Zookeeper (July 10th-11th)
What do zookeepers do all day?  Do they play with the animals?  The two day camp will get you the real truth!

Ages 11-13
Future Zoo Veterinarian (July 28th-30th)
Ever wonder if you have what it takes to keep the animals at the zoo healthy and happy?  Find out at this three day camp!  Learn basic animal husbandry and care including training, enrichment, and health!


Children's Zoo Camp Registration Form (PDF)

Zoo-seum (Mid Michigan Children's Museum and Children's Zoo) Camp registration Form (PDF)


Engraved Bricks

A Magical Pathway

The Zoo Brick Project began in 1998 as an ongoing fundraising effort to support the Zoo. Each brick is engraved with a custom inscription of the purchaser’s choice. The bricks are placed along the walkway and plaza encompassing the River Otter exhibit, Train Depot and Alligator exhibit.

Inscription Information

You must complete an inscription for each brick you purchase
Please feel free to copy this form if you wish to order multiple bricks
Punctuation and blank spaces are counted as characters
Inscriptions on this form will be automatically centered on the brick
Please follow the inscription specifications


The example below illustrates an inscription for a 4” x 9” brick. The inscription area is up to 3 lines, 12 characters per line. Small bricks are $40 each.

I N   H O N O R   O F  
  J O H N   S  M I  T H  


The example below illustrates an inscription for a 9" x 9" brick.  The inscription area is up to 5 lines, 13 characters per line. Large bricks are $250 each.

      I    N       H   O   N   O   R        O   F      
   J  O  H   N                
   S  M  I  T  H              

You will receive an acknowledgement letter and you will be notified once your brick has been completed. Please allow 2-4 months for completion of bricks. Orders received between late summer and early spring may not be placed until the Zoo reopens.

Please keep in mind that additional bricks ordered at the same time may be placed near or adjacent to each other in the walkway, should space allow. Due to the overwhelming response, we are unable to honor any special placement requests. The Saginaw Valley Zoological Society reserves the right to refuse any submission it deems unsuitable for the purposes described in this offer.

Click here to order your Engraved Brick today!