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Group Volunteer

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Henry Vilas Zoo! Group volunteers help with a variety of grounds projects throughout the warmer months (and occasionally in the colder months). With 28 acres to cover, groups are essential for us to maintain a beautiful and healthy environment for our guests and animals.

Scroll down to see our group volunteer policy, attendance expectations and opportunities we have available for groups at HVZ. Don’t see something that fits your interests? Reach out anyway! We’re happy to put you on our volunteer email list so you get regular updates on upcoming volunteer opportunities.

For Questions contact or (608) 283-1612.

Group Volunteer Policy

Please confirm that you understand each of the following:

  • The Henry Vilas Zoo does not allow group to work directly with the animals
  • The Henry Vilas Zoo cannot guarantee volunteer placement as the opportunities are based on current Zoo needs.
  • The Henry Vilas Zoo can accommodate group up to 30 people in size
  • The Henry Vilas Zoo will attempt to reschedule due to inclement weather
  • The Henry Vilas Zoo reserves the right to reject a volunteer for any reason when affecting the best interests of the Zoo

Attending, Day of Contact

Your group is required to have a predetermined Group Lead who will be attending with the members. This person is responsible for the safety and well being of the group members while at the Henry Vilas Zoo.

  • Provide coordination and supervision for the group while volunteering
  • Ensure that all members adhere to the Zoo rules and procedures
  • Obtain a signed parental consent form for the group members under the age of 18, which must be turned into the Volunteer Department on or prior to the first date of service. All group volunteers must be 14-years-old or older.
  • Hold emergency contact information for each participant, which must be on file with the Group Coordinator while at the Henry Vilas Zoo
  • Call ahead if you are not able to make your volunteer shift or if you will be late
  • Ensure volunteers are punctual, conscientious and courteous. Please arrive at your assigned time, dressed appropriately and ready to work. Arrangements will be made with the Volunteer Department to communicate parking, any pertinent supplies, etc.
  • The group understands that they will not receive any compensation for their volunteer service

Gardeners at HVZ help weed, rake, mulch, plant, and generally beautify our grounds for guests and animals!

Painters help prep and paint the fences around the Zoo!