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Community Engagement


Woodland Park Zoo is committed to serving the diverse communities of Seattle and King County through a developmental approach to lifelong learning. We are dedicated to making our programs accessible and relevant for all community members and offer a range of engagement and outreach programs that provide opportunities to learn, care and act.



Oregon Spotted Frog

Amphibian Monitoring Program

Citizen scientists have joined the zoo and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to document native frog populations living in our local parks. The more we learn, the better we can protect the vanishing wetlands of Washington.

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Community Access Program

Woodland Park Zoo partners with more than 600 human service organizations who offer their clients or members a total of 70,000 complimentary passes each year. If you meet all the requirements, your 501(c)(3) organization could benefit from our Community Access Program. 

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Nature Club

Nature Club uses nature exploration and science activities to build STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills for early learners in low-income and underserved communities. Our current program trains early childhood educators to incorporate outdoor science activities into the school environment and encourages caregivers to continue the learning at home.  In 2016-2017, we are partnering with several preschools in the Seattle area and offering full day Nature Play workshops at the zoo. For more information and to register, please continue here

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Seattle Youth Climate Action Network

Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (CAN) empowers teens to address climate change in their communities through education, leadership, and action. Led by WPZ, Seattle Youth CAN has engaged hundreds of teens through climate literacy events, action campaigns, and an annual Youth Climate Action Summit.

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Up CLOSE engages school and community groups through dynamic outreach programs that feature the zoo’s ambassador animals. Current programs are designed for Pre K-3rd graders. We are developing new programs for other audiences which will be available soon.

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Volunteers are an essential part of the Woodland Park Zoo and we hope you will consider joining our team in 2017!

Adult Volunteering

Adult Volunteer Program

Volunteers are ambassadors for Woodland Park Zoo and an important part of our zoo team.  We seek individuals who are excited about engaging with and inspiring our guests and making an impact every day through volunteer service. 

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Youth Programs

Teen Program - ZooCorps

ZooCorps offers teens a year-round volunteer opportunity to increase their knowledge of animals and habitats, expand their conservation awareness, and develop life skills in a collaborative and fun learning environment at the zoo and in the community.

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