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Make a difference

Youth Volunteers at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium share their knowledge and passion for conservation with Zoo visitors of all ages.

Volunteer Requirements

  • 9th – 12th grade. High School seniors graduating in the spring are still eligible to apply.
  • Age: 14-18
  • Excited to speak with zoo and aquarium visitors about conservation, nature, and our animals.

Please note: youth volunteers DO NOT assist with animal care.

Questions? Contact or 253-404-3687.

Student Stories

Meet Our Zoo Guides

As a Zoo Guide, high school students have the opportunity to educate guests about the Zoo’s animals and important conservation and environmental issues. Read what Tina, Gabriel and Riya have to share about their experience!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Zoo Guide
Community Science