The Toledo Zoo’s ZOOTeens volunteer program has been a huge contributor to The Olander Park System’s conservation mission for years.
ZOOTeens have volunteered 3 to 6 hours a month, almost every month for about 10 years. With 6 to 12 ZOOTeens at each of those events, that’s a lot of volunteer hours at our parks! And the teens are always hard workers!
Just a few things the ZOOTeens have worked on at our parks in recent years:
- Southview Oak Savanna – removing overgrown understory shrubs and vines, removing piles of dead leaves that hinder the growth of native plants, pulling non-native weeds, collecting native seeds
- Sylvan Prairie Park – transplanting native
seedlings in our new greenhouse, planting native plants in wetlands, planting native trees and plants along a restored stream, watering and mulching newly planted native trees, pulling non-native weeds, collecting native seeds
- Herr Road Property – picking up trash from a seasonal wetland
- Olander Park – “cleaning” native seeds to make them easier to plant, making protective tree tubes
THANK YOU, ZOOTeens!
For more information on the ZOOTeen program see http://www.toledozoo.org/site/page/zooteen_volunteers