Did You Know?
Magellanic penguins are named after Ferdinand Magellan who first discovered them in 1519.
If you've ever taken a zoo tour, attended one of our classes, or gone to a special zoo event then you've had the opportunity to appreciate what our zoo volunteers do. But did you know that you, too, could easily work at the zoo, and receive an education about wildlife by becoming a volunteer yourself?
The volunteers at Potter Park Zoo are the backbone of what makes our zoo great. It’s hard to nail down exactly who they are, because our volunteers come from every walk of life. They range in age from 14 to 85; many are retired, but some are students, homemakers, professors, and more. What they have in common is an appreciation of wildlife, a passion for our zoo, and a desire to make a difference.
Some people who visit Potter Park Zoo think our volunteers must have degrees in zoology or teaching certificates to work here, but that's not true! Anyone with the desire to learn about wildlife and teach others about its wonders can join us.
If you're not really sure you want to be an educator, we have many other opportunities for those of you who would like to support our zoo with the generous donation of something that's really special and rare these days--your time.
You’ve taken the first step by visiting this page, but what do you do now? If you are interested in volunteering, you can complete the application and mail, email, or drop it off at the Discovery Center care of the Volunteer Coordinator.
Still have questions? No problem. Feel free to call us at (517) 244-8023 or email the Volunteer Coordinator, and we’ll be happy to give you answers!