Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan

Greetings, Team Captains!!!

Thank you for creating a team for the 2018 Buddy Walk and rallying your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Awesome job! We sincerely thank each of you for your support and fundraising efforts. We're excited to continue to raise Ds awareness; provide quality programs; and, to advocate for individuals with Down syndrome.

In preparation for Saturday, please share the following with your team's walkers so that the day will run as smoothly as possible:

Registration Info:

  • Each and every participant (over 2yrs old) must obtain their admission ticket at the registration tables located at the zoo's Main Entrance.  Team Captains will not be able to pick up their group's tickets and distribute them to their group.

Special Note: Regular Detroit Zoo ticket pricing will apply at 10:30 a.m. Concession and restaurants open at 11 a.m.

DSG Buddy Walk Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverages into the Zoo. Several picnic areas are available throughout the Zoo. Tables are on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. No personal grills or alcoholic beverages are permitted. Please refrain from bringing drinking straws and Styrofoam products into the Zoo. Open fires on the ground are not permitted.



  • Single Stroller – $7
  • Double Stroller – $10
  • Wagon – $10
  • Wheelchair – $10
    (valid driver’s license required as deposit)
  • Electric Convenience Vehicle (EVC)** – $28
    (valid driver’s license required as deposit – reservations NOT accepted.)


** There are a limited number of ECVs available for rental.  Personal units are allowed and recommended.

Single and double strollers, wagons, wheelchairs and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECV) are available for rent at the Main Train Station (near the front of the park) and at the Africa Train Station (in the far corner of the park when the train is operating). Rented items cannot be taken on the Tauber Family Railroad.

T-Shirts for Sale - $15.00 -pavilion area (color is yellow)

Team Picture Info:

There will be more than 50 teams present on walk day.  Please make it a priority to promptly assemble your team upon reaching the DSG Event Pavilion.  See the Team Picture Schedule for your estimate picture time. 


Food & Drink:

There are several concession stands throughout the zoo where you may purchase food and drink after 11:00 AM.  You may also bring a picnic lunch, blankets, etc. Picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis.


Walk Schedule: 7:30 - 12:00:


7:30 AM Registration – begins at Zoo Main Entrance (facing Woodward Ave.)

Special Note: Please arrive before 10:30 AM, otherwise general admission pricing will apply.

8:00 am - Zoo Gates open to Buddy Walk participants. Please proceed directly to the event pavilion south of the Holden         Reptile House. 

8:45 am - Walk Begins 

9:30 am -  Awards Ceremony, Announcements begin in the Pavilion

10:30 am - Pick up your team's "Hero" signs from the stage area 

11:30 am - Tin Can Raffle and 50/50 Drawings


Also Happening at the DSG Event Pavilion: 8:00 am- 11:00 am:

  • Team Pictures - Each team will be assigned a specific time 
  • Vendors, community resources, new parent booth, entertainment, and more!


12:00 pm -  Walk concludes; however, you are welcome to enjoy the Lions & Tigers, Bears and the Polk Penguin Conservation Center until the zoo closes at 5 PM.


How To Create A Team

• The top five fundraising teams are honored with exciting prizes on Walk Day, including their own VIP tent with table, chairs and snacks.

• The Largest Team Award is given for the most team walkers participating on Walk Day.

• Team prizes are awarded to team captains.

• To be eligible for prizes, all money must be processed on-line or received via mail by midnight Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

• Don't forget to ask your company if it has a matching gift program.

FAQs and Updates:

1) We are counting on you to inform your team of the walk schedule, to manage your team to gather for the walk (so you are all together) and especially to manage your team when it comes to gathering for team pictures. Last year, there were more than 1,200 walk participants and 53 teams.  Upon entering the zoo, you will be directed from the zoo's Main Gate to the DSG Events Pavilion located on the south side of the Holden Reptile House.  You are strongly advised to designate a meeting place in that area for your team to gather. 

2) The zoo has a very limited number of wheelchairs and scooters for rental on a first come, first served basis.  There is a rental station at the railroad depot.  The rental station will open at 8 AM coinciding with the time that walkers will be allowed to enter the zoo.

3) If you need to return to your vehicle during your zoo visit and then wish to re-enter the zoo, obtain a hand stamp from the security guard at the exit.

4) Anyone arriving after 10:30 AM will have to pay general admission fees to enter the zoo.

Please contact Anjanette @ or  734-306-1139 for questions and help setting up your Team Page.

We appreciate your help to make this Walk enjoyable and successful!!

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