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Posted on: March 8, 2023

Volunteers needed for Idaho Falls Zoo’s annual community clean up day

Zoo Clean up 2023 press release

IDAHO FALLS -- In preparation for the Idaho Falls Zoo's reopening in April, zoo staff is asking for your help to tidy up the grounds during the annual Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 1.

From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the zoo invites individuals, families, schools, and volunteer service groups to assist with a variety of projects including cleaning, raking, and mulching to get the zoo ready for opening day. Groups are welcome to come any time during the event and help for as long as they like; however, most of the work will likely be completed early in the day. The zoo will then open for the season on Wednesday, April 12. 

Volunteers are asked to bring their own supplies including work gloves, brooms, grass (not dirt) rakes, large shovels, and wheelbarrows, as well as wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Meet at the front gate of the zoo where staff will provide further instructions.

All participants must submit a City of Idaho Falls Volunteer Release of Liability form. To download the form click HERE or go to

Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied throughout the event by a qualified adult representative of their group such as a family member, club leader, or organizational representative. Each participant must complete a City of Idaho Falls Volunteer Release of Liability form to participate, and youth forms must be completed and signed by a legal guardian. Please bring the completed form and provide it to zoo staff at the event. Unfortunately, anyone not providing a completed form upon arrival will be unable to participate.

To sign up to help with Clean-up Day, contact Kathryn Farley, volunteer coordinator, at (208) 612-8453 or [email protected].

Stay informed on all the fun at the zoo! Follow the Idaho Falls Zoo on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and subscribe to zoo notices under Notify Me on the City’s website,

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Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer Eric Grossarth at (208) 612-8562 or [email protected].

About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park: With more than 330 individual animals representing 130 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo is known as the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 44 Species' Survival Plans. 

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