About Us

The Friends Board of Directors

Our Mission

The Friends of the Folsom Zoo, Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1981 to help support the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.

The mission of the Friends of the Folsom Zoo, Inc. is to preserve and enhance a city treasure by assisting in the enrichment of the lives of the animals living at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.

Non-Profit Tax ID Number 94-2783698Determination Letter

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Peggy Plett




Vice President / Secretary


Sue Spielman



Jocelyn Smeltzer

Director / Zoo Manager


Judy Gregory



Robert Groth


Management Practices

The Board of Directors have established five committees surrounding the generation of funding to create sustainable benefit
for the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary:

  • Executive Committee

    Responsible for board operations and management, as well as oversight of all committees.

  • Development Committee

    Responsible for overseeing long term financial growth and the creation of an endowment fund including investment strategy, corporate partnership programs, donations, and long term programs (Estates, Bequest, Trusts, etc…)

  • Fundraising Committee

    Responsible for meeting annual fundraising goals and community awareness objective through programs, grants and events.

  • Membership Committee

    Responsible for meeting annual membership goals through membership drives, member recognition and the oversight of the membership and renewals process.

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    Marketing and Public Relations Committee

    Responsible for meeting community awareness goals in support of all other committees through publication (web & print) and outreach about the mission and activities of the Friends organization.

Members and Directors volunteer their time and are active in sponsoring Friends core programs and committees to support the needs of the animals for the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. Volunteers to assist the Friends are always welcome!

Getting Involved

Should you have any questions about the Friends Board of Directors or would like to volunteer to assist us, please contact us via email at information@folsomzoofriends.org or call (916) 226-5445.

The Friends is a proud member of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce

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