Become a Docent


Do you love animals?  Do you enjoy talking with people?  Are you looking for a highly rewarding volunteer opportunity where you determine your own schedule?

Docents are volunteer teachers and guides who provide rewarding, hands-on experiences for the public throughout the zoo.  They are ambassadors for the zoo, a voice for endangered species, and a part of the zoo’s ongoing education and conservation efforts.  At the end of their initial training, Docents are uniquely experienced in the various parts of the zoo and become part of an effort to make a difference in the world.

Docents receive extensive training on zoo procedures, zoo departments, and zoo animals.  They play an important role in the education of our community while they provide interpretation throughout the zoo.  Some duties available to Docents are as providing interpretation of our animals at their viewing windows, using any of our many portable Docent Discovery Education Carts with various themes, acting as zoo guides, or helping with the zoos many special events, and more.  If you enjoy animals and talking with people, Topeka Zoo is looking for you!

The next Topeka Zoo Docent Training Academy will be held at Topeka Zoo March 18th -22nd, 2019, 9:00-5:00 each day.

The Docent Training Academy for Spring 2019 is FULL and we are currently not taking applications. Please check back for the next opening.

If you are interested in joining the Topeka Zoo Docent Program fill out the online application below or download an application to drop by or mail in.
Please Contact Dennis Dinwiddie with any questions
Phone 785-368-9134