Agency Overview

Friends of the Zoo (FOZ) is the nonprofit support organization of Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo. Our mission mirrors that of the zoo: to connect people with animals to create adventures that encourage discovery and inspire conservation action.


One of Friends of the Zoo's largest contributions to the continued success of Dickerson Park Zoo is by staffing and funding the Conservation Education Department. Within this department staff and docents (volunteer teachers) reach tens of thousands of children and adults through on-grounds interactions, classes and outreach programs.


The Friends of the Zoo membership program is one way supporters can contribute to the organization. However, additional in-park operations and fundraising activities are necessary to provide the funding needed for FOZ to provide much-needed staffing, activities, programs and amenities at Dickerson Park Zoo.

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