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Night Eyes 2023

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 26 people are interested
Night Eyes

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Night Eyes, Iowa’s merry not scary Halloween Event

Night Eyes 2022 Volunteer Information

October 19 - 22 & 26 - 29


You are welcome to wear a costume. The zoo also has a selection of costumes you may borrow. When selecting a costume, please remember the following:

  • Must be merry, not scary
  • No masks
  • No Balloons
  • WEATHER APPROPRIATE - you will be outside during your shift


Please park in the zoo’s main parking lot. If you are volunteering with other people, please try to arrive together or carpool.

When you arrive for your shift please come to the Discovery Center Conference Center to check in and get your assignment.

Job Assignments

You will be able to sign up for an assignment using the Volunteer Spot link. Please note: there may be times we need to reassign you to another area. We appreciate your flexibility while volunteering. We will have the following opportunities for volunteers:

Zone Captains -Must be 18 years or older. Zone Captains are in charge of one of three zones around the zoo. Each zone has candy treat stations and activities.

Candy Runners - Must be 13 years old or older. Assist the Candy Truck coordinator and deliver candy refill requests. Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. and work a hand cart.

Candy Treat Stations - Must be 13 years old or older. Hand out 1 piece of candy/drink/treat per child/adult.

Specialized Costume Areas - Must be 13 years or older. Dress up as a "specialized" character and stay at the themed station! These areas provide guests with a great photo opportunity! We will supply the costumes, but if you have one that fits the theme you are more than welcomed to wear it, just no masks please!

Theme areas include: Pirate Ship, Wizard of Oz

Mascot costumes characters - These costumes cover your head and body and will have a guide dressed up to fit the theme to help you navigate the crowds!

Fun Zone - Must be at least 13 years old or older. Help monitor the bouncy house area and answer guest’s questions.

Night Eyes Greeters -Must be 13 years or older. Hand out candy treat bags & maps to the guests.

Volunteer Shift Times

The following shifts are available during Night Eyes:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Nights: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Some opportunities have longer shift times; please see the SIGNUP.com link for more information.

Volunteers must stay at assigned area until they are officially released by Zoo Staff.


Snacks, water, and hot beverages will be available to volunteers throughout their shift in the volunteer check in area. Volunteers should not eat the treats designated for Night Eyes guests. We encourage volunteers to bring a refillable water bottle with them to take to their station!


Please leave your valuables and personal possessions at home. The zoo will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Age Requirements

All volunteers must be at least 13 years of age. Volunteers under 13 will not be allowed to work the event. Please see job assignments for specific age requirements.

Volunteer Confirmation Email

All volunteers will receive a confirmation email the week before the event.

Volunteer Sign up Information

Please sign up for Night Eyes 2023 -

  1. Go to the following link to sign up for the date and time you would like to volunteer: https://signup.com/go/dDRwZaj
  2. Choose your assignment
  3. Enter your email and information - hit enter!

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About Blank Park Zoo


7401 SW 9TH ST, DES MOINES, IA 50315, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research, and recreation.


The Blank Park Zoo is located in Des Moines, IA and manages 49 acres of land. Of that, 22 acres have been developed into animal exhibits or facilities.

Currently there are 104 different animal species and 1,484 animal specimens cared for at the Blank Park Zoo.

Individuals age 18 and over may volunteer for most special events, visitor services, office support, and grounds without adult supervision. Children ages 13-17 may participate in special events only under the supervision of a parent/guardian. Education volunteers must be 18 or older.

ZooCrew is a special volunteer program for teens 13-17 years old. Applications are accepted until April 27th for the 2012 summer.


Children & Youth
Animals, Children & Youth, Community


Thu Oct 19, 2023 - Sun Oct 29, 2023
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM


7401 SW 9th StDes Moines, IA 50315




  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 13
  • 4 - 4.5 hours

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