Volunteer Engagement Award

About the Volunteer Engagement Award

A new award in 2015, the Volunteer Engagement Award was developed by the Volunteer Management Committee and highlights the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' recognition of achievement in volunteer program development. Programs will be judged on their ability to engage volunteers in the overall mission and operation of the organization.

If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible project, please email Barbara Pueschel or call 301-244-3326.

How to Submit an Application

2017 Applications and Guidelines

Download the Volunteer Engagement Award application (DOC)
Guidelines for Submission (PDF)
Remember to submit a Media Release Form (DOC) with your application.

All Honors and Awards applications must be submitted in electronic format ONLY and must be compiled into one PDF. Please make sure the file name reflects both the award name and the institution. AZA has contracted with Webcargo to provide a quick and easy way for you to submit your application. Send your application via Webcargo.

Past Recipients

See past recipients' application materials (member log in required)

2016 Significant Achievement

  • California Academy of Sciences for Volunteer Services Across the Academy
  • Minnesota Zoo for Minnesota Zoo Volunteers: 3 million Hours of Engaging & Inspiring Action to Save Wildlife

2015 Innovation
Seattle Aquarium - Beach Naturalist Program

2015 Significant Achievement

  • Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo for 40+ Years of Engaging Volunteers
  • Woodland Park Zoo for Woodland Park Zoo Volunteer Program

2015 Top Honors
San Diego Zoo Global for San Diego Zoo Global Volunteer Engagement


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