Community Initiatives



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 initiatives and outreach programs that provide opportunities to learn, care and act.


Oregon Spotted Frog

Community Science

Each year, hundreds of volunteers join Woodland Park Zoo as community scientists to document:

  • Native frog populations breeding in Snohomish and King counties
  • Otters living across Washington
  • Carnivores (such as coyotes, bears and bobcats) across the greater Seattle region and overall biodiversity in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties.

The more we learn, the better we can protect Northwest species.

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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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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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Coexisting with Carnivores

Coexisting with Carnivores joins Woodland Park Zoo, Issaquah School District and the City of Issaquah as partners to ensure that the region continues to be a livable, sustainable, vibrant community within a matrix of intact natural ecosystems. Through Coexisting with Carnivores, middle school students and Issaquah residents 1) gain knowledge of local carnivores and their roles as part of healthy ecosystems and 2) engage in community-driven learning and problem-solving around issues of human-wildlife interaction in a growing region.

See how students and residents in Issaquah are learning about and coexisting with local carnivores



Volunteers are an essential part of the Woodland Park Zoo! Please consider joining our team during our annual recruitment period.


Adult Volunteering

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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Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

Humane Certification
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Association of Zoos & Aquariums

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