NEW Zoo Seeks Zoo Boo Volunteers Ahead of Opening Weekend

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At the NEW Zoo, the stage is set for a Spooky six nights of Zoo Boo, but one crucial element is lacking: volunteers.

“I need some for this weekend and for the next two weekends as well,” said Volunteer Coordinator Angela Kawski.

The event runs for the next three weekends, and the workforce behind the event is working a bare bones operation.

“Really I need at least a couple dozen more [volunteers],” Kawski said, “but I would love to see more like 30 really.”

Kawski says a reduction in required community service hours for students may be partially to blame for the volunteer scarcity.

“We used to get a lot of high schoolers and middle schoolers,” she said, “to get required service hours. Schools have just changed some of the ways that they do things so there’s less requirement for that now.”

A variety of positions are available for volunteers to take on, from running trick or treat booths, to games, to dressing up and giving patrons a bit of a scare in the “freaky forest.”

As an added bonus, every volunteer will receive a free ticket to visit the zoo at any time over the next year.

To learn more about volunteering for Zoo Boo, click here, or email the Volunteer Coordinator at

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