Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Kids' Farm Interpreter Program

The Kids’ Farm exhibit is a special place for children ages three to eight years old to learn and discover new things about animals that live on a farm. The exhibit stresses the importance of caring for animals and explores where some of the food that children and adults eat every day comes from.

The Caring Corral will introduce children to animals that typically live on a farm, such as cattle, goats, donkeys, chickens, and ducks. Here, children will be able to help with grooming the animals in a supervised environment. Volunteers will help children learn the basics of caring for animals by supervising the contact area.

In addition, the Farm will have a Play Area that will provide a fun way for kids to learn where the ingredients come from that go into making a veggie pizza. This area will feature a Giant Pizza Playground – a colorful, rubber-surfaced “pizza” that children can climb on, crawl through a giant olive, move huge mushroom slices, and hide behind a tomato! The Pizza Garden will show the real vegetables growing in wedge-shaped plots for visitors to see.

While largely geared toward children, the Kids’ Farm will also provide a forum for education on topics ranging from basic concepts regarding food resources, to some of the more difficult issues of our time. Interpreters will interact with visitors throughout the Kids’ Farm by means of informal conversations ranging from short, simple exchanges of basic information, to in-depth discussions of complex topics.

Special Qualifications: A strong interest in agriculture and farming, interested in working with children, flexibility, good communication skills, and an eagerness to interact with a wide variety of visitors.

Time Commitment: Three, three-hour shifts a month for one year and monthly meetings.

Age Requirement: You must be 18 years or older to apply.

Training: Prospective volunteers must be able to attend all training sessions to be eligible. Thursday evening sessions are held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursdays: March 19, 26, and April 2
Saturdays: March 21, 28, and April 4.

Application Deadline

March 6, 2009