Principles of Volunteering at the Center
One of the Center’s most significant education programs is its volunteer program. Volunteering at the Center is all about learning. It is also about doing something for the community, especially the community of wild animals that live in and among our neighborhoods. There are no age barriers for volunteers; anyone of any age can come to the Center and participate in caring for animals and helping the Center provide for its own unique community. Volunteers work on special events like our “Night of a Thousand Faces” Halloween event. Volunteers also conduct tours, raise money, walk our llama and goat, clean, feed and exercise reptiles, conduct birthday parties, and assist in the exams of animals for the Odd Pet Vet. As volunteers work and care for animals and our facility they are taught about the biology of life on Earth, about work and work ethic, and about how to ask investigative and discovery style questions. Volunteers work along side wildlife biologists, veterinarians, interns, and other volunteers. The Center embraces and encourages mentor style hands-on apprentice–type education and work.