Group Volunteers

Application Currently Closed

Tracy Aviary's Group Volunteer Application has closed to the public at this time. Applications for new groups will reopen on March 11, 2020.

Questions? Email our Volunteer Coordinator at

Coming Soon

Exhibit Upkeep

Our exhibits are home not only to birds from around the world but also to plants that provide species-specific natural habitat. Weeding and raking exhibits is no easy task and helping hands are always appreciated.

Dates Available: July-October
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 3-15, depending on exhibit
No Donation Required (but always appreciated)

Fence Staining

The perimeter fence at our South American Backyard Bird exhibit is in need of some TLC. This project can take a full day (or more!) for a single staff member, which is why we need your help! This project may be completed before or after-hours, depending on staff availability. Please note in the application if completing this project in early morning (7:30-9am) or early evening (4:30-7pm) interests you.

Dates Available: March-September
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 3-15
No Donation Required (but always appreciated)

Flamingo Exhibit Overhaul

A big exhibit requires a big group! Help us improve our Chilean flamingo exhibit by digging out substrate and adding new substrate and rock. Volunteers will also clear some of the grass from the exhibit and add some new plants. We know our flock will appreciate your help!

Dates Available: August-October
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 15-30
Required Donation: $1,000-$2,000

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: February-November
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 5-20
No Donation Required (but always appreciated)

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: February-November
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 5-20
No Donation Required (but always appreciated)

Kea Playground

Help build and install a playground for the kea! This addition will provide an entertaining and playful space for these active birds. Along with constructing a playground, volunteers may also add some new plants to the exhibit. We are sure this will provide lots of new enrichment that will be entertaining for the kea as well as our visitors! Volunteers for this project must be comfortable working with tools and have basic building skills.

Dates Available: August-October
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 5-20
Required Donation: $1,000-$1,500

South American Pavilion Plant Refresh

Help our staff improve the look of one or more exhibits in our South American Pavilion. The project involves adding new plants that will provide valuable cover and enrichment for the birds. This project is available depending on bird breeding. Your donation helps us purchase the plants for this project.

Dates Available: March-November
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 5-15
Required Donation: $500-$1,500

Stream Clean-up

Splish splash, what an excellent way to stay cool in the summer! Keep our streams running smoothly by helping us clear unwanted plants and algae. While you may end up a little wet, you’ll have fun and keep cool! 

Dates Available: April-September
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 5-20
No Donation Required (but always appreciated)

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: March-November
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 10-20
No Donation Required (but always appreciated)

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. A donation for this project helps us cover the cost of materials.

Dates Available: February-November
Suggested Time: Morning or Afternoon
Group Size: 10-20
Required Donation: $500-$1,000