Curious who cares for all the gardens and landscaped areas in the Zoo? Volunteers do!

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo has over 125 volunteer tended gardens. Each garden has its own unique personality and flair, just like the volunteers who lovingly tend them. Our gardens are maintained by dedicated individuals, families, and organizations.

It is our goal to have one of the area’s best public gardens and provide visitors with both and educational and beautiful experience as they walk around the Zoo. Our gardens are considered a “best practice” in the accredited zoo community, with much larger zoos adopting our ideas at their own facilities!


Garden Volunteers can come and go from 8:30-5pm and do not need to sign up for shifts.


Summer, Mid-April—Early November

Deadline to Apply

You can request to be placed on our waitlist anytime throughout the year! Just email our Volunteer Coordinator at to be added to the list.

Adopt-a-Garden Requirements

  • Minimum age 18 years or older. Younger gardeners are welcome to accompany a gardener 18 or older.
  • Gardeners complete all maintenance on gardens. They supply their own plants, decorations, and fertilizer, as well as water and weed their own gardens.
  • Gardeners are recommended to devote at least 2 hours a week to maintaining their gardens.

Interested in getting your hands dirty and helping with other gardening around the zoo? Consider becoming Garden Assistant! This is separate from the Adopt-a-Garden program. For more information check out the Garden Assistant section of our Adult: Core and Adult: Casual programs.

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