Volunteers in Moody Gardens
Dive Volunteer at Moody Gardens


Moody Gardens relies on volunteers to support our staff and mission of providing an educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation and research. Whether in education, horticulture, assisting keepers and aquarists or  other departments, volunteers make an impact every day to help provide a rich and enjoyable experience for all our visitors.

CLICK HERE for Adult Volunteering Information

CLICK HERE for Teen Volunteering (SAVY)

CLICK HERE for Special Event Volunteering

CLICK HERE for Corporate & Group Volunteering 

Hope Therapy

Hope Therapy at Moody Gardens was inspired by the son of Foundation Trustee Robert L. Moody, who sustained a head injury in an automobile accident and who subsequently discovered the healing benefits of therapy utilizing animals and nature. Opening in January 1986, Hope Therapy became the cornerstone of Moody Gardens, an internationally recognized program that offered rehabilitative horseback-riding (Hippotherapy) to mentally and to physically disabled individuals.

Today's Hope Therapy offers Horticultural Therapy, through which individuals with disabilities can improve sensory awareness and motor abilities, regain confidence, and learn new skills to prepare for employment opportunities. The massive greenhouse and Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens are tended in part by these special clients.

Vocational Training, or Supported Employment also is an important part of the program. This provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to develop the necessary skills to gain and maintain a job. Moody Gardens employs many of these individuals on a full and part-time basis. We will work with job coaches, as needed.

For individuals with special needs looking for employment, please contact our Human Resources Department at (409)683-4275 or (409)683-4271

Hope Therapy Events

Adaptive Water Sports Festival

Art in the Gardens

Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Growing Together at Moody Gardens

Volunteers Needed:

Please, click here to email our Volunteer Coordinator or
call 409-683-4108 to find out about volunteer opportunities.


Thank you for your interest in the Internship Program at Moody Gardens. We are proud to offer college students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of their choice. As part of the Moody Gardens mission, education is an important part of the experience. Internships provide an outstanding opportunity for students to learn and grow.

CLICK HERE for information on How To Apply and Deadlines 

intern at Moody Gardens


Turtle at Moody Gardens Aquarium

Animal Rehabilitation

Working with different organizations, Moody Gardens® has provided assistance whenever possible aiding in the recovery and release of sea turtles, fish and other marine animals as they return to the wild. In the Aquarium Pyramid®, guests will find rescued Kemp’s Ridley turtles, loggerhead turtles, seals and more.

Species Survival Plans

As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Moody Gardens® wants to help ensure the continued survival of selected wildlife species. One of the ways Moody Gardens® and other institutions help is by participating in Species Survival Plans or SSPs. This is a cooperative effort made by zoos and aquariums around the country to help maintain healthy captive populations of endangered species. Currently, Moody Gardens® is involved in a variety of SSP programs, including the Pink Pigeon, Ocelot, Scarlet Ibis, Fairy Bluebird, and Two-Toed Sloth.

Sustainable Seafood

Moody Gardens is an active partner of Seafood Watch, lending conservation efforts by engaging in and promoting the Seafood Watch program through recommendations of sustainable seafood and healthy ocean choices in the local community. Learn more about Seafood Watch at seafoodwatch.org

Conservation at Moody Gardens

Coral Rescue Lab 

An international effort is underway to increase awareness and combat a disease that is rapidly killing the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef system in the world. Our Coral Rescue Lab at the Aquarium Pyramid will be used to protect coral as it focuses on species being impacted by this disease.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), selected Moody Gardens to participate in this vital project to help save corals native to the Florida Reef Tract as one of 60 institutions from 21 states and Canada.

Conservation at Moody Gardens

SECORE Coral Reef Conservation

Recently we teamed up with Super78 to create Reef Rescue, an interactive virtual reality experience where guests pilot their own R.O.V.E.R. to help restore the undersea home of the fish that live at The Great Barrier Reef. $1 from every Reef Rescue individual ticket sold goes to SECORE, an international non-profit organization focused on coral reef conservation. Well with your help, we've exceeded $5,000 in Conservation Funds as of late July!


Conservation at Moody Gardens

Saving the Rainforest: Belize Botanic Gardens

Moody Gardens® donated more than $7,500 to the Belize Botanic Gardens to launch two rainforest conservation projects. The organization’s mission of conservation and education aims to serve the Belizean community and provide a scientific resource for botanical and horticultural institutions worldwide.