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Volunteer at the Columbus Zoo by Becoming a Docent

Media Alert: Monday, October 25, 2010


October 25, 2010

Jennifer Wilson                                                     
Communications Manager

Powell, OH – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Docent Association (CZDA) is looking for enthusiastic people, ages 21 and older, interested in becoming docents at the #1 Zoo in America! Those interested in learning more about becoming a docent volunteer should attend one of the following open houses:
·       Sunday, November 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
·       Saturday, November 13, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
The word “docent” comes from the Latin docere, “to teach,” but docents come from many walks of life, ranging from young professionals to the recently retired.  Docents are important members of the Zoo community.  They educate Zoo visitors about our animals and conduct scheduled tours of the Zoo.
If you are accepted as a docent, you will participate in training comprised of nine weeks of Saturday classes and on-the-scene experiences. Docents volunteer a minimum of 50 hours a year, which includes continuing education.
Being a docent is truly an interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunity. For those who would like to attend one of the open houses please RSVP to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at 614-645-3483 or to
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open 363 days of the year.  General admission is $12.99 for adults, $7.99 for children ages 2 to 9 and seniors 60+.  Children under 2 and Columbus Zoo members are free.  The Zoo was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.)  For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit