giving back to the community that’s given so much to us

Because we are a nonprofit organization, we rely on contributions from our community to ensure we go above and beyond in our daily operations. However, it’s important for us to give back to the community that’s given so much to us and to inspire others to be active participants in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. 

Here are a few ways in which you help us accomplish that: 

  • Over 600,000 visitors annually
  • 2nd most attended cultural institution west of Detroit
  • Actively participating in over 40 Species Survival Plans (SSP)
  • A partner with the Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) Zoo School
  • $40 million in economic impact to the businesses and the communities surrounding the Zoo 
  • Accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
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John Ball Zoo Supports Community Organizations

John Ball Zoo is happy to support community organizations. As a nonprofit organization, our mission is to inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. Eligible organizations may receive a maximum of 4 complimentary tickets per organization per calendar year.

To submit a request, please fill out our donation request form below.

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Please Note: We review donation requests every four weeks, and aim to respond to all requests within four weeks. Confirmations or decline of donations will arrive via email. Unfortunately, we are not able to consider requests sent with fewer than six weeks notice

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