Fun in Oakland

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Chabot Space and Science Center (Oakland)

The Center houses hands on interactive exhibits, a full dome digital planetarium show and a giant screen theater show. Volunteer opportunities include helping with the exhibits, guiding students through the center, classroom and lab assistants, help with the telescope, presenting at the planetarium and others. There are many benefits for volunteers including exhibit previews, free shows, free general admission, and discounts on gift shop purchases.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (Oakland)

The cultural centers mission is to promote the understanding of Asian Pacific American arts, culture and local contributions. They have exhibits, events, workshops and classes. Examples of volunteering opportunities include supporting marketing, special events and translating.

Oakland Zoo (Oakland)

The Oakland Zoo is a nonprofit organization founded in 1922 and managed by the East Bay Zoological Society. Exhibits include the African Savannah, Rain Forest, Childrens Zoo and includes animal feedings and a wildlife ampitheater for live animal shows. Volunteer opportunites include being a zoo ambassador and docent teaching people about the animals, animal management, animal behavioral observation and habitat restoration.

Pardee Home Museum (Oakland)

The Pardee Home includes a carriage house, water tower and gardens. The house was built in 1868 by Enoch Pardee, a Gold Rush immigrant to California from the Midwest. Volunteer opportunties include becoming a docent to lead or assist with guided tours of the house, helping with gardening; cataloging; helping to plan, research, design, and install exhibits; writing articles for the Pardee Home Newsletter; and helping with special events.

USS Potomac (Oakland)

The USS Potomac is a National Historic Landmark that served as Franklin D. Roosevelts Presidential Yacht until his death in 1945. This is a 165 foot vessel, displacing 416 tons with cruising speeds of 10 to 13 knots. The opportunities for volunteers span a wide range from ships maintenance, cruise staffing, dockside tours and educational programs.