Group Volunteers

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. 

Review the opportunities for groups below before submitting an application. 

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Garden Bed Upkeep

Did you know that Tracy Aviary is not only a zoo but also a botanical garden? Our horticulture staff maintain about nine acres of garden beds which attract local wildlife and showcase native plants. Volunteers will assist in moving mulch and compost to make those garden beds shine! Some heavy lifting is required for this volunteer opportunity.

Dates Available: April-August
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Suggested Group Size: 5-25
Suggested Donation: $0-$50

Habitat Upkeep

Keeping our grounds beautiful and inviting for guests is no easy task! Bring your volunteer group to help horticulture staff upkeep various habitats. Based on your group size and time of year, you may pull watercress from our on-site streams or weed flower beds across grounds. Either way, the more hands, the better!

Dates Available: April-August
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Suggested Group Size: 5-25
Suggested Donation: $0-$50

Stepping Stone Upkeep

Tracy Aviary is an oasis that introduces city-living children to a new love of nature! From soft leaves to bubbling streams and fragrant blooms, our new Sensory Secret Garden invites visitors to walk a lovely path through a garden that entices the senses. But with so many footsteps, our stepping stones are in need of a fresh coat of paint! With this project, volunteers will be refreshing our painted stepping stones, so that we might invite new visitors to experience the beautiful nature around them.

Dates Available: April-September
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Suggested Group Size: 2-5
Suggested Donation: $0-$50

Substrate Upkeep

Tracy Aviary’s bird care staff needs your help! Did you know that we move thousands of pounds of new substrate into exhibits every year? This substrate not only makes the exhibit look beautiful for guests but also maintains a high quality of living space for the birds. Volunteers will assist in moving the substrate from behind-the-scenes and into exhibits under the supervision of bird care staff. Some heavy lifting is required for this volunteer opportunity.

Dates Available: February-August
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Suggested Group Size: 5-20
Suggested Donation: $0-$50

Vine Construction

Synthetic vines are used in many exhibits across grounds. Not only do they have a great aesthetic for our visitors but also the birds enjoy perching on them and playing with them. We are looking for some crafty volunteers to help construct these vines. Instructions and materials will be supplied. This opportunity could be done on-site or off-site.

Dates Available: February-August
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Suggested Group Size: 5-15
Suggested Donation: $300-$500 (covers the cost of the materials)