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. United Run for the Zoo is the first Sunday of June each year, and ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. We need lots of volunteer help at both of these 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.

United Run for the Zoo
(Suitable for groups and individuals)
Sunday, June 5, 2016

This exciting event takes place directly on zoo grounds, and all proceeds help keep Lincoln Park Zoo free. Suitable for early risers. Additionally, all volunteers will receive a free United Run for the Zoo t-shirt!

If you are interested, please email us, and we can place you on a list to be contacted this spring.

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ
(Suitable for groups and individuals)
November 2015—January 2016

Every year, the zoo lights up Chicago with its annual, free, family-oriented evening holiday celebration. If you are interested in learning more, please email us, and we will place you on a list to be contacted in the fall.


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.