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Discovery Docent


Using artifact carts to share animal, habitat, and conservation information with guests on grounds during the course of the day, for on-grounds events, and occasionally at off-grounds community events

Shift Times

10am – 12pm, 12 – 2pm and 2 – 4pm

Time Commitment

A minimum of a twice monthly commitment is required. Minimum season-long commitment is 25 hours

Age Requirement

Must be at least 14 years old by the end of the training
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  • Present information relevant to the active carts, utilizing the information available on the cart or information found via approved sources
  • Be a friendly and engaging representative of Henry Vilas Zoo through on- and off-grounds engagements


  • Ability to be open and engaging with guests
  • Ability (or ability to learn) to present approved animal, habitat, and conservation information one-on-one and in small group settings. You will receive general training and links to additional information for this


General orientation, Docent training, and mentored shift


Meet people with similar interests, build Zoo, animal, and volunteer experience on your resume, and network with the community; help create lasting memories for Zoo guests, volunteer nametag and t-shirt, regular educational volunteer meetings, and recognition events

Reports To

Henry Vilas Zoo Volunteer Department and Education Curator