Blank Park Zoo


Mission: The mission of Des Moines’ Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation.  Blank Park Zoo strives for volunteer engagement that inspires conservation action. Our purpose is to engage the community in meaningful volunteer opportunities, while instilling knowledge, enhancing the zoo visitor’s experience, and inspiring an appreciation for the natural world.

Location: Des Moines (48.6 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: Special Events



  • One-time events: Yes for events
  • Ongoing: Yes
  • Groups possible? We have opportunities for groups to volunteer at the zoo, volunteers must be 13 or older and adult supervision must be present for teen groups. Service projects usually involve zoo clean up, painting, special event set up, and light construction projects.  We do not have volunteer opportunities for groups to work with animals.


When is service needed:   year-round

Number of hours: Hours are flexible


  • In-person: Yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: Yes
  • Fully virtual possible: Yes


Prerequisites: You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.

Equipment/logistics needed: Provide own transportation.


Training supplied: Training required and supplied for Discovery Guide volunteers. No prior training needed for events or one day volunteer days.


How to apply: Visit the website to complete an application

Contact: Christine Eckles, 515-285-4722,,


Operation information: We offer a large variety of things to do, including Adopt-A-Garden, Animal Care Volunteers, Conservation & Education, Events, Guest Services, Internships, Skilled Labor Crew, and UPCYCLE Stewards

Address: 7401 SW 9th St Des Moines, IA 50315

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