Our mission Champions for animals and children, we create extraordinary experiences for all.
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Ways to help

Adopt a Garden Volunteer

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo has over 125 volunteer tended gardens. Each garden has its own unique personality and flair, just like the volunteers who lovingly tend them. Our gardens are maintained by dedicated individuals, families, and organizations.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Group Volunteers

Do you have a large or small organization or company that is just roaring to give back? Sign up to be a group volunteer! From weeding, planting, raking and clearing, to large projects, to helping at one of our many special events—we’re always excited to welcome our community in!
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Physical, Event support, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Adult Volunteers

Our Adult Volunteer Program accepts volunteers over 18 years of age who are interested in volunteering repeatedly with us throughout the year. These dedicated, passionate members of our community will have the opportunity to assist with community gardens, grounds maintenance, Carousel and Train rides, unique conservation projects, special events, and/or community outreach events! Do you have skills, abilities, or time that you'd like to donate? There's always something to do at the zoo!
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Physical, Office work, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Zoo Crew Teen Volunteers

Spend your summer out in the sunshine while having fun, learning new things, and making friends! You’ll gain valuable work experience that will carry with you on your resume as you apply for colleges and future employment. Looking to enhance your experience? Complete the Crew Lead Checklist as a Zoo Crew and apply to become a Zoo Crew Lead during the same season!
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays
Items we need

Help make our wishes come true!

Select an item from the list below, save or purchase the item and drop it off or ship it to the Zoo. When you do, Zoo staff will make sure your favorite animal gets a great new form of enrichment. Need more help on what to purchase or have a different item in mind? Email us to ask if something is appropriate for the animals. Check out our wish list on  Amazon.com HERE for even more donation ideas! Please send enrichment packages to: Saginaw Children’s Zoo ATTN: Enrichment Coordinator 1730 S. Washington Ave. Saginaw, MI 48601


  • Bells
  • Stainless steal kitchenware (pots, pans, sheets, trays, muffin tins, etc.)
  • Whiffle balls
  • Balls- all sizes and types
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Paper towel/toilet paper tubes
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Coffee cans with lids
  • To-go cup holders
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper bags
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Storage containers (all sizes)
  • Sprinkler attachments
  • PVC


  • Spices
  • Extracts and essential oils
  • Honey
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Item Collection
  • Wishlist - Amazon, etc
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How you help At the Zoo, our dedicated volunteers donate 14,000 hours of their time and talents annually. You too, can make a difference for the animals you love!
About us With more than 10 acres of beautiful tree-filled parkland, animal exhibits, exciting events, colorful gardens, miniature train and the region's only hand-carved carousel, there's something for you at the Zoo! Empowered by our community’s show of support, we do what few “little zoos” do…we think BIG! We’ve premiered a new improvement or exhibit every year for the past decade.
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