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Fun in the Sun Group Volunteering

What do FITS volunteers do at HVZ?

Fun in the Sun volunteers make the zoo fun and welcoming for our community! Activities like face painting, bubble blowing and story time set the stage for our community’s Zoo visit. Each activity has an important conservation connection that you’ll be sharing with our guests. From Jenga towers to chalk designs, you’ll be helping teach kids about wildlife while also having a blast!

FITS opportunities are available for up to 10 people at a time. Fridays are reserved for adults only groups. Saturdays are available for groups with volunteers ages 14+.  All groups with minors must have at least two adults present in the group.

What can my group expect on their volunteer day(s)?

A HVZ staff member will meet your group at the main entrance to the zoo (the one facing Drake & Randall) at the start of your shift. Expect to walk down to Volunteer Central where we’ll check everyone in for the day, talk to you a bit about HVZ and what to expect. From there, our Guest Services Coordinator will help you collect your supplies and take you to the activity area. You’ll have support from our Guest Services team and other volunteer coordination staff throughout your volunteer shift.

What does HVZ provide?

  • Yard games, books, face paint, and other supplies
  • Any training and support from staff
  • Secure storage space for any belongings
  • Refrigerators and a microwave for any food/beverages
  • A volunteer lounge for cooling down and relaxing when needed

What will our group need to bring?

  • 6-10 people
  • An organization/company shirt, hat or other kind of identifying apparel
  • Sun screen, bug spray, fans
  • (optional) Food, snacks, beverages and any eating utensils

What if it rains?

Then FITS becomes Splash and Play! We run activities rain or shine – with activities being moved to the area under our large tent in the middle of the zoo during periods of precipitation.

In the event of truly inclement weather, we will call to cancel. We will to our very best to reschedule with your group lead.