Zoo Team Go


Our volunteers work within the Turtle Back Zoo Education Department and the Zoological Society of New Jersey to assist with conservation efforts, group projects, and special events across New Jersey.

Volunteering provides great benefits to the community while generating business value in the form of increased employee engagement and opportunities for team building. Zoo Team Go has managed group sizes that range from 30 to 200 volunteers.


Past Zoo Team Go initiatives include a cleanup of the waterways at South Mountain Reservoir, a clearing of invasive species plants that prohibit undergrowth around Washington Rock Lookout, and major cleanup of debris, invasive species, and litter at Turtle Back Rock.

Zoo Team Go
Location Date Type of Clean UP Weight Collected
The Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Sunday, May 5, 2019 Litter 67 lbs.
South Mountain Dog Park to Washington Lookout Saturday, October 12, 2019 Invasive Plant Species & Litter 86 lbs.
Virtual Volunteer Program Ongoing Litter 271 lbs.
Sobel & Co. Cleanup Turtle Back Rock Monday, August 2, 2021 Invasive Plant Species, Litter, & Graffiti 2,610 lbs.
Pollinator Garden Session 1 Sunday, March 27, 2022 Invasive Plant Species & Litter 40 lbs.
Pollinator Garden Session 2 Sunday, April 3, 2022 Invasive Plant Species & Litter 90 lbs.
Pollinator Garden Session 3 Sunday, April 24, 2022 Invasive Plant Species & Litter 550 lbs.
Pollinator Garden Session 4 Sunday, May 8, 2022 Invasive Plant Species & Litter 150 lbs.
Pollinator Garden with Merck Friday, June 3, 2022 Invasive Plant Species & Litter 65 lbs.
Total Collected: 3,929 lbs.


Zoo Team Go also offers a virtual clean up option. Volunteer to organize a local cleanup, weigh your collection, and share your service experience.


Volunteering as a docent is a wonderful way to learn more about the zoo and share your insight with guests. Docents are volunteer teachers who provide group learning experiences in the form of zoo tours, demonstrations, and special events.

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