The Volunteer Engagement Award was developed in 2015 by the Volunteer Management Committee and highlights the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' recognition of achievement by an AZA member institution in volunteer program development. Programs will be judged on their ability to engage volunteers in the overall mission and operation of the organization.
NOTE: The VMC revisted and streamlined the Application and Guidelines for 2019.
If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible project, please email Barbara Pueschel or call 301-244-3326.
2019 Application and Guidelines are below. Applications are due on Monday, June 3, 2019.
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.
See past recipients' application materials (member log in required)
2018 Top Honors
2018 Significant Achievement
2017 Top Honors
2017 Significant Achievement
2016 Significant Achievement
Seattle Aquarium - Beach Naturalist Program
2015 Significant Achievement
2015 Top Honors
San Diego Zoo Global for San Diego Zoo Global Volunteer Engagement