The zoo is open! All visitors will require free entry passes and be required to follow safety measures. Free timed-entry Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for the giant panda viewing.

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Volunteer: Boo at the Zoo

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Boo at the Zoo is Washington D.C.'s favorite not-so-spooky Halloween event. With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family. Boo at the Zoo is a fundraising event run by the Friends of the National Zoo to help support the Smithsonian's National Zoo's science, animal care and educational programs.

Dates: Oct. 18, 19 and 20, 2019

Time: Volunteer check-in opens at 4:30 p.m. Volunteer shifts are from 5-8:45 p.m.

Volunteer Roles: Volunteer roles include helping as ticket-takers at registration, passing out treats, assisting with activities, managing crowds and assisting the event team. Volunteer roles will be assigned at check-in.

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Special qualifications: 

Volunteers should be comfortable with a hilly and possibly lengthy walk to their assigned station. Volunteers must be comfortable being outside for the duration of the event.


Staff will be on hand to provide on the job training.


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Boxed meals will be provided for you to take to your assigned area.*

*A vegetarian option will be available, but we are unable to accommodate other dietary restrictions.