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Junior Campers help biologists collect seeds from the prairies for fall and learn how to collect the seeds in an effecient manner.

Volunteer with Wild Toledo

With the many conservation duties of the Wild Toledo Biologists, there are many opportunities for individuals to volunteer their time.  Whether it is for school or personal learning, there are several projects in which volunteers can assist with.

Prairie Restoration

In the fall, the Toledo Zoo prairies begin to drop their seeds and those seeds need to be collected so that future prairies can be established.  Volunteers and Zoo Teens can help by going through brief training on how to collect and organize the seeds and then spending supervised time out on the prairies.  In addition, prairies need headstarted with already grown plants and these plants need “plugged” into the ground in fall and spring, helping with this project will allow volunteers to learn gardening techniques and about native wildflowers.

Field Data Collection

With Wild Toledo’s work with native turtles, snakes and other animals, there is always an opportunity to go into the filed and help with research and data collection.  Volunteers will need to be prepared for field work and bring their own equipment if necessary.  If you are interested in field researching you may find yourself knee deep in a swamp, running through tall grass or hiking through wilderness areas checking cameras.

Volunteer at the Zoo

Wild Toledo does a lot of work on zoo grounds and many projects occur on site including prairie restoration, insect identification, on grounds reptile surveys and more.  Wild Toledo also has a green house used to grow plants and butterflies.  Volunteers are a necessary part in our conservation mission and work and are needed especially on weekends.


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Volunteers from Bowling Green State University assist in deploying trail cameras to monitor wildlife.

Volunteers get to work hands on with the animals in their natural habitat.