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Thursday, June 20
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The grown-up party of the summer to raise funds for the Children's Zoo!  Don't miss an evening of music, good food, and beer and wine sampling.

Tickets are $50 per person.  Call (989) 759-1408 to purchase tickets.

Food provided by:

Outback Steakhouse, Dave's Texas Pit Bar B-Q, and the Patisserie

 Thank you to our sponsors!

  Event Underwriter $2500  

Team One Credit Union  

Entertainment Sponsor $1500
Music provided by Marty Viers and the Music Doctors 

Hausbeck Pickles & Peppers

    Afterglow Sponsor $750  

West Side Bar Owners Association 

  Pilsner $750  

Rifkin Scrap Iron

Cinderella Inc.

   Lager $750    

Midwestern Surgical Associates, P.C.

S. Shaheen, M.D.     S. Kais, M.D.             L. Meyer, NP 
M. Sullivan, M.D.  V. Stalin, M.D.  Z. Retzler, PA-C 
W. Solh, M.D.  T. Diven, M.D.  M. Breidinger, PA-C  
Y. Yoon, M.D.  A. Maldonado, M.D.  H. Richards, NP 
T. Hackett, M.D.  L. Ansari, M.D.   

Ziba The Medical Spa

  IPA $750   


  Stout $750  

Michigan Truck Spring

   Pint $500  

Charles and Adeline Barth Foundation

Servpro of Saginaw County

Fordney Club of Saginaw County


Brew crowdBrew Carousel RaceCarousel race winner

Photos l-r:  2012 Brew crowd, Celebration Square Carousel Race, Celebration Square Carousel Race Winner

Zoo Wish List

Help make our wishes come true!

Select an item from the list below, purchase the item and drop it off at the zoo and the zoo staff will make sure your favorite animal gets a great gift. Need more help on what to purchase or have a different item in mind? E-mail us for a list of more specific items or ask if something is appropriate for the animals.

Check out our wishlist on HERE for even more donation ideas!

Reptiles – Snakes, Lizards, Turtles and Tortoises

  • Natural looking hide houses
Leopard Tortoise in a paper bag

Hoof Stock – Goats, Sheep, Cows, Donkeys and Horses

Cows enjoying a box animal treat


Eclectus parrot playing on a ladder


Penguin painting


  • Non-toxic finger paints

Capuchin finger painting

Carnivores – Wolves, Otters

Keeper spraying scent on wolf fenceWolf rubbing on scent

Used for multiple types of animals

  • Radio/CD/Tape Players
  • Nature CDs or Tapes
  • Mirrors (metal)
  • Metal Bells 
  • Kong toys (all sizes, especially extra large) 
  • Toilet Paper Tubes or Paper Towel Tubes
  • Wrapping paper tubes
  • Sheets and pillow cases 
  • Blankets (without holes or tears)
  • Socks
  • Towels
  • Newspaper
  • Old Phone Books
  • Perfume and Cologne
  • Non-shiny cardboard boxes - all sizes (without tape)
  • Paper Bags – all sizes
  • Animal Crackers* - Non-iced or unfrosted only.
  • Herbs or Spices*
    • Cinnamon
    • Nutmeg
    • Ginger
    • Oregano
    • Basil
    • Catnip
    • Chili powder
    • Pumpkin pie spice
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Cumin
    • Non-salt herbs
  • Extracts
    • Vanilla, orange, lemon, coconut, strawberry, coffee, peppermint
  • Food coloring
  • Kool-aid packs (sugar free)
  • Gelatin (sugar free)
  • Uncooked Pasta
  • Construction Cones
  • Working Christmas lights
  • Unpopped popcorn
  • Tennis balls or waffle balls
  • Liver Treats (Pro Treat Freeze dried beef liver treats)
  • TV’s with built in VHS or DVD players
  • Sheets, wash cloths, other linens
*Please remember: Food items need to be in their original, unopened package and within their expiration date.

adopt a garden

In 1998, the Adopt-A-Garden program was started under the sponsorship of the Saginaw Valley Zoological Society as a way to beautify the Zoo grounds through volunteer involvement. The Zoo Horticulture Committee was entrusted with recruiting volunteer gardeners and managing the program. They began the first year with 11 gardens. Each year the gardens have grown in number and beauty, and now there are over 80 gardens spreading color and vibrance throughout the Zoo.

Honorable Mention 2012Winner 2012


Adopt-A-Gardens are assigned each year when space permits, with returning gardeners given first preference of any new available bed. Gardeners are responsible for providing their own plant material and are expected to maintain the garden for entire Zoo season.

An Adopt-A-Garden requires a weekly commitment to weed, water, fertilize and trim plants to keep the garden looking presentable at all times. Neglected sites give guests at the Zoo the impression that the rest of the Zoo is not well maintained. The Zoo has advised the Horticulture Committee that gardens that appear untended be re-assigned.

Gardeners are responsible for assisting with the fall clean-up of the gardens at the end of the season.

Winner 2012Winner 2012 


Carousel volunteer


Drive the famous Zoo train or operate the region’s only hand-carved carousel. Shifts are scheduled in four hour increments, so you won’t have to make a whole day commitment, unless you want to! Full training is provided.  To ensure a safe ride for everyone you must be 18 years of age to operate the rides. 


Zoo Store

Kids, candy, toys and smiles are what the Zoo Store is all about! If you enjoy helping kids of all ages satisfy a sweet tooth or find just the right little plush penguin or slithery lizard toy to take home, you’ll enjoy volunteering in the Zoo Store. Whether you have lots of time or just a little bit, we’d love to have your smiling face and helping hands making our visitors happy.

Zoo Store volunteers

Education/Special Events

Be a Zoo Camp counselor or outreach/animal handling volunteer.  Or lend a hand at a Special Event. Whether you have lots of time or just a little bit, the Zoo is the place for you to help our visitors with the complete Zoo experience.


Zoo Crew

Please visit the Zoo Crew section of the website for more information on our teen volunteer program!



Garden volunteers assist with general garden area maintenance. Approximately 12 areas have been identified as needing monthly care. This may include weeding general garden beds and pruning back shrubs. Garden volunteer work days are scheduled throughout the season. If a volunteer has been oriented by a member of the Horticulture Committee to the gardens, they may come anytime the Zoo is open to assist with routine garden maintenance care.

Volunteer now!

Release and Waiver of Liability (PDF)


Seasonal Employment at the Zoo:

The Children's Zoo is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

  • Admissions
  • Zoo Store
  • Concessions
  • Grounds
  • Exhibit Educator

Interested applications should fill out the application below and mail to or drop off in person at:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601

Download Job Application (PDF)


Volunteer Internships:

Seasonal internships are available in the Animal Collections and Education departments. 

Animal Collection Internships offer the opportunity to gain an understanding of what it takes to maintain a vibrant animal collection in a zoological park setting. Internship positions are considered volunteers.

Animal Collections Internship Posting 2016 (PDF)

Education Internships offer the opportunity to gain an understanding of the various types of programs used to educate the public about the natural world in a Zoological Park setting.  Internship positions are considered volunteers.

Education Internship Posting 2015 (PDF)

Social Media & Communication internship offer the opportunity for an individual to gain experience communicating a business’ mission and vision with the public in an effective and engaging way. Internship positions are considered volunteers.

Social Media & Communications Internship Posting 2016 (PDF)

If you are seeking an internship for a different department, please send a letter briefly describing the type and requirements of the internship to:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
Attn: Zoo Internships
1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601

Adopt an Animal

Are you interested in helping provide impeccable care for your animal friends at the Zoo? Then become a proud parent of a Children’s Zoo animal today! By symbolically adopting an animal of your choice, you’re not only helping with the care and feeding of that animal for a full year, but you are also supporting our many education and conservation programs.

Here’s what you will receive:


Advocate $35 Guardian $60 Protector $100

Adoption Certificate          
Fact Sheet
5x7 Animal Photo


Adoption Certificate
Fact Sheet
5x7 Animal Photo
Animal Plush
2 tickets to the Children's Zoo

Adoption Certificate
Fact Sheet
5x7 Animal Photo
Animal Plush
6 tickets to the Children's Zoo


Adopt Here!

 Please note that there are a few animals that, while they can be adopted, do not have matching plush toys.
These animals are: American crow, Campbell duck, emu, red-tailed hawk, ring-necked dove, sugar glider, black-footed cats, and turkey vulture. If you would like to adopt one of these animals, we can include any other animal plush toys in your package. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which animals are available for adoption?

Any of the animals you have met at the zoo are available! For a list of possible animals see our Animal Encounters page.

Do I actually get to take the animal home with me?

Unfortunately, the animals have to remain at the Zoo. This is where all of their favorite toys, snacks, and highly trained caretakers are, after all! While the Adopt-an-Animal program is symbolic and the animal will remain at the Children’s Zoo, the results of your support are real. (Plus, wild animals make lousy roommates.)

Will anyone else adopt this animal?

We sure hope so! It takes more than one adoption to feed and care for an animal all year. All adoptions support the care and feeding of the animal residents at the Children’s Zoo.

Can I name my adopted animal?

All your Zoo friends have names that they love, and we are more than happy to add it to your certificate upon request! Of course, you are welcome to give your adopted animal a different, unofficial name in your own household.

How quickly will my Adopt package arrive?

Adoption packages usually arrive within 10 business days. Please let us know if you have a rush situation and we will do our best to accommodate you!

May I Adopt onsite at the Zoo?

To make the adoption process easier for everyone, we currently only have this program available online or by phone.

How long does my adoption last?

Each adoption lasts for one full year! When your year is up, you may renew your adoption online or over the phone. Your adopted animal would greatly appreciate your continued support!

Can you tell me more about the plush animal I will receive?

The plush animals are high-quality plush, and will match as closely as possible the animal you adopt. These extra soft, huggable, and squeezable plush toys are GREAT for gift giving! Sometimes it is not possible to get the exact species. If you have any questions feel free to email at the link provided below.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

We would love to answer any more of your questions, or get you started on the adoption process. Please contact Syndi Thayer at, or give us a call at (989) 759-1408.