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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.

Reptiles – Snakes, Lizards, Turtles and Tortoises

  • Earth Worms (Bait Shops)
  • 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

Small Animals – Sugar Glider and rabbits


  • Non-toxic finger paints

Capuchin finger painting

Carnivores – Wolves, Serval and 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 non-frosted 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
 *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)



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 unpaid.

Animal Collections Internship Posting 2015 (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 unpaid.

Education Internship Posting 2015 (PDF)

The Volunteer Management Internship provides an opportunity to gain valuable career skills such as personnel management, administrative responsibilities, professional communications, and business operations.  This internship is a non-paid position.

Volunteer Management Internship 2015 (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

Animal Sponsorship Program

You can be involved in the efforts to save precious wildlife by sponsoring an animal at the Zoo.  Our Animal Sponsorship Program gives you an opportunity to share in meeting our animals' special needs, which takes hard work, dedication, and finances.  As a sponsor for one year, your tax-deductible contribution will help ensure a brighter future for these animals, the Zoo, and all wildlife. 

You may sponsor any animal on the list at any level.  For your generosity, you'll receive our "Thank You" in the form of the following...

Friend  $35

  • Personalized sponsorship certificate, fact sheet with color photo, and a Children's Zoo patch.

Keeper  $100

  • Friend benefits PLUS 5 one-time use visitor passes to the Zoo and a meeting with your sponsored animal's keeper.

Protector  $250

  • Friend benefits PLUS 10 visitor passes and a meeting with the animal's keeper.

Champion  $500+

  • Friend benefits PLUS 15 visitor passes, a meeting with the Zoo Director, and a 4x9 engraved brick.

It's Easy to Sponsor an Animal:  Simply look over our list of animals below, select the species you'd like to sponsor, and then fill out our sponsorship application.  Some animals are used for education and may not be on exhibit.  All of the animals remain at the zoo in the care of trained professionals, but can only be visited if on exhibit.

MAMMAL:  Alpaca, Alpine Goat, Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Bobcat, Clydesdale Horse, Cotton-top Tamarin, Standard Donkey, Eastern Gray Kangaroo, Flemish Giant Rabbit, Grey Wolf, Holstein Cattle, Jersey Cattle, Lionhead Rabbit, Miniature Donkey, Miniature Horse, Miniature Zebu, North American River Otter, Pot-bellied Pig, Rex/Lop Rabbit, Scottish Highland Cattle, Serval, Sugar Glider, White-throated Capuchin

BIRD:  American Crow, Bald Eagle, Bantam Chicken, Barred Owl, Black-footed Penguin, Blue and Gold Macaw, Campbell Duck, Cockatiel, Swedish Duck, Dominique Chicken, Eclectus Parrot, Emu, Military Macaw, Moluccan Cockatoo, Orpington Chicken, Patagonian Conure, Peafowl, Red-tail Hawk, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Umbrella Cockatoo

REPTILE:  American Alligator, Bearded Dragon, Blanding's Turtle, Blue Spiny Lizard, Blue-tongued Skink, Boa Constrictor, Central American Wood Turtle, Green Anole, Hinge-back Tortoise, Leopard Tortoise, Marble Gecko, Red-eared Slider Turtle, Royal Python, White-throated Mud Turtle

INVERTEBRATE:  Chilean Rose Tarantula, Hermit Crab, Honey Bee, Oklahoma Brown Tarantula, Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

To become an Animal Sponsor, please call (989) 759-1408.  We accept Visa or MasterCard.  Or download the Animal Sponsorship Application and mail to:

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