Animal Hall Volunteer Orientation

The Animal Hall and Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit house more than thirty live animals and provide the Earthplace community with educational animal programs and experiences focused on natural history, care, and appreciation. Our collection contains species representing many animal groups including wildlife of Connecticut, domesticated species, and exotic species from around the world. Animals from our collection play a vital role in many of the Earthplace programs including school and outreach programs, birthday parties, after-school programs, nursery school, and summer camp. 

 Animal Hall Volunteer Orientation
Date: Tuesday, June 1

Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center
Fee: $0.00
RSVP requested 

Interested in working with animals? We are currently looking for winter volunteers (over the age of 16) to assist with animal care in the Animal Hall at Earthplace. The Animal Hall Volunteer Orientation is being held on Tuesday, June 1, 2014, from 6-7:30pm. Orientation is intended to explain what volunteering in the Animal Hall is all about. We’ll give you a tour, show what a typical volunteer shift looks like and answer any questions you might have. Attending orientation does not imply a commitment for future volunteering-we want this to be an opportunity for you to decide if this is a good fit.


Please note, that if you want to volunteer within the Animal Hall, you must attend an orientation. The next orientation will be held in spring 2014. Please contact either of the following Animal Hall staff members by May 15, 2014 to RSVP for this orientation. If you are interested in volunteering in the Animal Hall and the orientation date does not work for you, please contact either staff member as there may be alternative dates available. 


Amanda Chisholm

Naturalist Educator

Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center

10 Woodside Lane

Westport, CT  06880

203.227.7253 ext. 106

Erika Labrie

Animal Care Technician

Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center

10 Woodside Lane

Westport, CT  06880

203.227.7253 ext. 115


Volunteer Opportunities

We can always use some good help!  There are many opportunities to assist with different ongoing and special activities:

•  Museum - creating signs and displays, helping with family programs
•  Trails and grounds maintenance - clearing trails, removing invasive plants, weeding our gardens
•  Publicity - writing press releases, putting up signs and posters
•  Caring for animals
•  Collecting and testing water samples through Harbor Watch - training sessions are held each spring and fall
•  Day of event assistance - The Earthplace staff and Board of Directors appreciate help with our special public events and fundraisers