Friends of the National Zoo Volunteer Zoo Guides


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


National Zoological Park3001 Connecticut Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20008


Zoo Guides offer insight into the animal world with engaging stories, interesting facts and animal observations. Zoo Guides learn to give tours to visitors, new employees and volunteers. From general tours sharing a broad overview of the entire Smithsonian's National Zoo to specialty tours for young children and their parents (as well as occasional special request tours!), Zoo Guides offer a focused look at the animals, the conservation work, and the Zoo's efforts to save species!

When no tours are scheduled, Zoo Guides act as education interpreters for a variety of outdoor areas around the Zoo, including Great Cats Circle, American bison and Andean bears.

Zoo Guides must be able to commit to three, three-hour shifts on three weekdays per month for a minimum of one year. Shifts are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekend shifts are currently full, so you must be available weekdays.

For more information or to sign up, go to:


  • Math / Science Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Storytelling
  • Public Speaking
  • Environmental Education
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Three 3-hour shifts and one evening mtg per month.
  • Must be able to attend all the training dates.

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