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.



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, and carnivores 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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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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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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Community Collaborations

Community Collaborations are place-based programs created through partnerships with community-based organizations and in support of community-led initiatives.

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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.

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