Service Projects

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is pleased to offer fun and rewarding service project opportunities for individuals or groups. You or your group may assist with events, on-grounds horticulture maintenance, or other special conservation projects. If your group would like to participate in a project, please submit the Group Service Project Application.

Group Service Projects

Budgie Buddies Seed Stick Making:

Budgie Buddies is an open-air walk through bird exhibit. Guests can enjoy viewing the birds and purchase $1 seed sticks to feed the friendly birds. During a typical season, PDZA sells around 60,000 seed sticks to guests.

Volunteers will make seed sticks during this 2-hour project. It requires individuals to be seated at a table completing a repetitive task. Groups may schedule their project on most days of the week. All supplies will be provided.

Group Size: 5-30 volunteers
Date: March 30 - September 15, 2015 (Please contact Volunteer Services for specific dates)
Time: 10am - 12pm or 1pm-3pm
Age: Volunteers preferred age is 10 years of age or older. 

Group Service Project Application

If you have further questions about opportunities, please email Volunteer Services or call 253-404-3695.

Special Considerations

  • Due to strict animal husbandry guidelines and safety issues, there is no animal contact or inside exhibit work with the animals.  This is for the safety and well-being of the animals and the participants.
  • Groups interested in visiting the zoo & aquarium before or after their service project must purchase admission tickets.  See project guidelines for details.

Project Guidelines

Groups interested in volunteering at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Groups interested in visiting the zoo & aquarium grounds before or after their project must purchase admission tickets.  Tickets purchased prior to the day of service will be given the lowest discounted admission ticket price ($5 per person).  Purchase tickets at Group Reservations.
  • Group volunteers must identify a group coordinator that is responsible for the safety and well being of group members including providing the coordination and supervision for the group while volunteering.
  • The group must include one adult chaperone per every 5 youth (age 17 and younger).
  • Volunteers must be 10 years or older. Please send an inquiry to Volunteer Services for service projects for younger participants.
  • It is the responsibility of the group coordinator to obtain a signed parental consent form for group members under the age of 18, which must be on file with the group coordinator. Organizational forms may be used.
  • The group understands that they will not receive any monetary compensation for their volunteer services.
Questions? Please view our frequently asked questions.