Maria Miller, 16, Wheeling, enjoys her time as a volunteer at the Good Zoo. Volunteers assist with summer camps, birthday parties, sleepovers and other education programs. Volunteers also share what they learn about wildlife by talking with visitors at zoo exhibits and even use live animals and artifacts to educate others.
“Volunteer at the WILDEST place in town!” said Vickie Markey-Tekely, Curator of Education at the Good Zoo. “We are currently looking for teen and adult volunteers at the zoo.”
Volunteers assist with summer camps, birthday parties, sleepovers and other education programs. Volunteers also share what they learn about wildlife by talking with visitors at zoo exhibits and even use live animals and artifacts to educate others.
Teen volunteers must be in the 7th grade or above. Applications are available on the Oglebay website or call the zoo education office at 304-243-4068. The Teen Volunteer Application deadline is Monday, January 7, 2013.
Adult volunteer training is held periodically throughout the year. To receive an application or more information for the adult volunteer program, call 304-243-4033 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch this video to see how displays go from a drawing to a light display! If you have a great idea we would love to hear from you!
In 2004 new displays at the Winter Festival of Lights included two special designs by area fourth grade students: “Christmas Kittens” and “Playful Pup”. These displays were the winners of a Festival of Lights New Idea Contest that invited school children to submit ideas for new light displays. We received over 90 entries for new ideas! The “Lighthouse” display was the winner of the next New Idea Contest and was introduced to the show in 2006. It was created by a local sixth grade student.
We are having another contest so if you have a great idea enter our Festival of Lights New Idea Contest and your idea could come to life at the 2013-14 Winter Festival of Lights! All artwork should be 22″x 14″ on standard poster board. (This is one-half of a sheet of poster board). Every entry must have name, age, address, phone number and email printed on the back of the poster. Do not use copyright characters such as Sponge Bob, Cookie Monster, etc. Artwork can be in color or black and white and animation can be included. You can include a written description of your idea but do not use words in your actual display.
Artwork should be delivered to the Good Zoo office by January 6, 2013, between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm. The winner will be announced by January 31, 2013. Grand Prize: $50 Oglebay Gift Card, a one-year family membership to the Good Zoo and their idea created into a light display for the 2013-14 Winter Festival of Lights. Prizes will also be awarded to the top entry for ages 10 & under, ages 11-18, and over 18. Everyone that enters will receive one free admission to the Good Zoo in 2013. The top ten entries will be displayed at Wilson Lodge from February 1 to March 17, 2013. All creative concepts become the property of the Wheeling Park Commission.