Elmwood Park Zoo's Mission to Connect Youth to the Environment

How adorable are red pandas?!?! When we originally contacted Elmwood Park Zoo My students and I were conflicted about volunteering at a zoo. Some of my students believed animals should be free while others saw the educational value in zoos. Our mindset changed completely once we started learning about Elmwood Park Zoo. 
Elmwood Park Zoo was established in 1924 when a local farmer transferred 16 acres and a small menagerie to the Borough of Norristown. Today, the zoo is owned and operated by the Norristown Zoological Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment that will inspire active participation in conservation. Under the Society’s careful management, Elmwood Park Zoo has attained the elite status as one of only 230 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We also learned that the majority of their animals are endangered or would not be able to survive in the wild. If you are interested in volunteering with the Elmwood Park Zoo contact their Manager of Volunteer Engagement at 800.652.4143 x 231 or email volunteer@elmwoodparkzoo.org. Check out below for our volunteer experience with Elmwood Park Zoo and our Podcast interview with their Volunteer Manager Sara Harrington

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