Planning Events to Share Zoo Conservation Work
The Conservation Ambassadors Board (CAB) lets Chicago teens learn about Lincoln Park Zoo conservation projects and then plan special events to share this work with their peers, developing leadership skills and zoo-career knowledge in the process! This nine-month program is open to Chicago residents entering grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Participants will first learn about conservation projects such as Project ChimpCARE and Chicago Wildlife Watch. Then board members will plan events designed to share these conservation topics with other Chicago teens. Subcommittees focus on tasks related to promotion, finance and event planning, or research and learning activities. Zoo educators will provide guidance and advice but will share decisions equally with the teen board members. The details of the events are up to you!
- Create new avenues for Chicago youth to learn about zoo conservation efforts.
- Provide opportunities for participants to discover personal strengths that support leadership development.
- Integrate youth as key decision-makers in disseminating zoo conservation messages.
- Establish a culture of collaboration and co-learning between zoo staff and youth.
Related Focuses: Increase Youth Awareness of Science Careers
How To Apply
To apply for the 2016–2017 CAB program please fill out the following online application by September 15, 2016.
2016–2017 Conservation Ambassadors Board Application
Compensation and Time Commitment
Participants who meet the attendance requirements may be eligible to earn service hours. This nine-month program will take place from October 2016-June 2017, and will begin with a two-day training tentatively scheduled for October 1-2, 2016. Board members meet twice per month on Saturdays, from 11am-3pm. Dates are subject to minor change. Board members must be available for all training, event, and meeting dates to be eligible for participation. A limited number of absences may be accommodated in case of overlap with other extracurricular programs. Make-up dates will be scheduled for these absences, which must be communicated in advance to program staff and CAB elected officers.
CAB Events, 2016-16
The inaugural Conservation Ambassadors Board planned two successful events in the 2015-16 season.
Chimps at Dusk
Chimps at Dusk was an event in support of Project ChimpCARE, a non-partisan group committed to improving the wellbeing of chimpanzees through the idea that accurate information is the basis for effective change. Chimps at Dusk served to educate participants about the reality of chimpanzees in the United States, with a particular focus on the entertainment industry, and inform them about how they could help. Attendees for Chimps at Dusk participated in an introductory scavenger hunt and took part in a presentation and interactive trivia game delivered by Conservation Ambassadors Board members, as well as Dr. Steve Ross. This event raised $515 for conservation work at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Urban Wildlife in the Urban Daylight
Urban Wildlife in the Urban Daylight was a bilingual event in support of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute. It served to encourage people to develop connections in their own urban ecosystems to better the lives of both animals and people. The central theme surrounded the need for P.R.O.tectors, with “P” representing protect, “R” representing restore and “O” representing observe. Over 280 attendees to Urban Wildlife in the Urban Daylight participated in a variety of stations throughout the zoo’s Nature Boardwalk, with a passport (available in English and in Spanish) handed out at both the entrances and each station to guide them.