Special Event Volunteers & Group Opportunities

Volunteer at Lincoln Park Zoo's United Run for the Zoo

Special Event Volunteers & Group Opportunities

Don’t have enough time to volunteer once a week? Special Events allows you volunteer at various times throughout the year.  ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day and United Run for the Zoo is the first Sunday of June each year. We need lots of volunteer help at both of those zoo events.

All applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Must be 14 years or older.
  • Have a positive attitude and strictly adhere to Lincoln Park Zoo policies, procedures and guest-service standards.
  • Must be comfortable being outdoors in all weather conditions.

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank
(Suitable for groups and individuals)
November 28, 2014—January 4, 2015
Every year, the zoo lights up Chicago with its annual, free, family-oriented holiday celebration. If you are interested in learning more, please email us.

United Run for the Zoo
June 2015
Early risers are needed for registration, packet pick-up, gear check and much more! If you are interested in learning more, please email us.


Special Events Contact List
There are many smaller opportunities that arise throughout the year. If you are interested in being placed on the Special Events Contact List for these opportunities, please email us.