Help Tracy Aviary inspire curiosity for birds and nature by bringing your team or group to volunteer for one of our phenomenal projects. These projects offer hands-on experiences and a special opportunity to get close to our birds and exhibits. Projects can be scaled to fit the availability, size, and interest of your group. Please review the available projects and then click the button below to submit a request. 

Plant a Tree: Tracy Aviary is accumulating a unique assortment of trees on grounds. Join us in diversifying our canopy by planting a new specimen for our guests to learn about and enjoy. If you have a larger group we may be able to split the group between planting the tree and a different project. 

Dates Available: April-September
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Suggested Group Size: 10-20 Volunteers
Suggested Donation: $750

Turkey Vultures and Red Tailed Hawk Exhibit: Gain a behind the scenes experience! Help our horticulture and avian staff improve the home of our turkey vultures and red tailed hawks! Plant native plants, mulch, and re-perch this exhibit while learning about these fascinating birds. Very few people see the inside of our exhibits so this is an exciting project to make a difference for both our birds and guests! 

Dates Available: May-September
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Suggested Group Size: 20-30 volunteers
Suggested Donation: $1,500

Teaching Stream: Our teaching stream allows children to interact with nature in a unique way – looking for macroinvertebrates and birds in the riparian habitat all while getting their hands dirty in the stream. A stream encounter such as this may be the first time children feel fully immersed in nature and we want to make sure it’s a good experience! One of our streams has become overgrown and needs some new cobble rock along the edges to prevent erosion and the addition of wetland appropriate plants. Working with Tracy Aviary horticulture staff, your group will help clean and restructure the stream bed and beauty the surrounding area that gains a lot of attention from our guests. 

Dates Available: April-May, September-October
Suggested Time: Early Morning-Afternoon
Suggested Group Size: 15-30 Volunteers
Suggested Donation: $200-1,000; however, we will happily accommodate any donation for this project

Bulb Planting: As summer winds down into fall, Tracy Aviary will prepare for a bright spring by planting bulbs in flower beds across the grounds. Groups will be invited to tour Tracy Aviary the following spring to see their hard work in full bloom!

Dates Available: September-October
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon (4 hour project)
Suggested Group Size: 10-30 volunteers
Suggested Donation: $500

Garden Upkeep: Tracy Aviary contains nine acres of beautiful gardens. Between our horticulture department, this can be quite a task to maintain! Bring your group to help us plant, rake, mulch, and weed while learning about our avian and native plant collection.

Dates Available: May-September
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Suggested Group Size: 20-30 volunteers
Suggested Donation: $0-500, any donation would be accepted to partake in this activity