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Volunteer

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.

Zoo Team Go has hosted 2,691 volunteer since its start in 2019.

INITIATIVES

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 Activity Weight Collected
The Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Sunday, May 5, 2019 Clean Up - Litter 67 lbs.
South Mountain Dog Park to Washington Lookout Saturday, October 12, 2019 Clean Up - Invasive Plant Species & Litter 86 lbs.
Virtual Volunteer Program Ongoing Clean Up - Litter 271 lbs.
Sobel & Co. at Turtle Back Rock Monday, August 2, 2021 Clean Up Invasive Plant Species, Litter, & Graffiti 2,610 lbs.
Pollinator Garden Session 1 at South Mountain Recreation Complex Sunday, March 27, 2022 Planting & Clean Up - Invasive Plant Species & Litter 40 lbs.
Pollinator Garden Session 2 at South Mountain Recreation Complex Sunday, April 3, 2022 Planting & Clean Up - Invasive Plant Species & Litter 90 lbs.
Pollinator Garden Session 3 at South Mountain Recreation Complex Sunday, April 24, 2022 Planting & Clean Up - Invasive Plant Species & Litter 550 lbs.
Pollinator Garden Session 4 at South Mountain Recreation Complex Sunday, May 8, 2022 Planting & Clean Up - Invasive Plant Species & Litter 150 lbs.
Merck at the Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Friday, June 3, 2022 Pollinator Garden Planting & Clean Up - Invasive Plant Species & Litter 65 lbs.
Pollinator Pathway with Wolf & Co. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Planting Initiative 0 lbs.
L'Oreal at The Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Thursday, June 22, 2023 Clean Up - Litter 250 lbs.
Merck at the Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Friday, August 18, 2023 Clean Up - Invasive Plant Species & Litter 106 lbs.
New Jersey American Water at the Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Tuesday, September 26, 2023 Clean Up - Litter 28 lbs.
CarMax and Jenkinson's Aquarium at Jenkinson's Beach Thursday, March 21, 2024 Clean Up - Litter 562 lbs.
New Jersey American Water at the Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Thursday, April 11, 2024 Clean Up - Litter 72 lbs.
Caldwell University at Caldwell University Sunday, April 14, 2024 Bioblitz & Clean Up - Litter 13 lbs.
Phathom Pharmaceuticals at the Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Tuesday, April 16, 2024 Clean Up - Litter 117 lbs.
Wolf & Co at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Making Budgie Sticks 0 lbs.
Zoetis: Sales Leadership Team at the Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Wednesday, May 22, 2024 Clean Up - Litter 63 lbs.
Warby Parker at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Thursday, June 6, 2024 Making Budgie Sticks 0 lbs.
Ricola at the Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Friday, June 7, 2024 Clean Up - Litter 57 lbs.
Deloitte at Turtle Back Rock Friday, June 7, 2024 Clean Up - Invasive Plant Species & Litter 1460 lbs.
Post Polak at the Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Saturday, June 8, 2024 Clean Up - Litter 32 lbs.
L'Oreal at the Waterfront at South Mountain Recreation Complex Friday, June 14, 2024 Clean Up - Litter 28 lbs.
Total Collected: 5140 lbs.

BECOME A VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER

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

DOCENT PROGRAM

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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