Initiatives

Sharing Lincoln Park Zoo’s Living Classroom

Students using Observe to Learn iPad app at Lincoln Park Zoo's Helen Brach Primate House
Observe to Learn
This initiative, available to self-styled scientists of all ages everywhere, features a free iPad app developed by the Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration. Learn about ethology (the study of animal behavior) while observing animals at the zoo, a park or even in your own backyard.

Research Apprenticeship Program teen interns at Lincoln Park Zoo's Nature Boardwalk

Research Apprenticeship Program
Chicago-area high school students can spend four weeks working alongside a Lincoln Park Zoo researcher and engaging in authentic research experiences.


Lincoln Park Zoo's Partners in Fieldwork program

Partners in Fieldwork
The zoo is working with Chicago-area high schools to collect wildlife monitoring data from urban school sites while partnering with the Urban Wildlife Institute to contribute to ongoing biodiversity studies.


The Chicago Environmental Stewards initiative has Chicago-area fifth graders explore urban nature and complete an environmental stewardship project.  

Chicago Environmental Stewards
This immersive program has Chicago-area fifth graders explore urban nature and complete an environmental stewardship project.


The Conservation Ambassadors Board will let Chicago teens learn about zoo conservation projects and then plan special events to share this work with peers!  

Conservation Ambassadors Board
The Conservation Ambassadors Board will let Chicago teens learn about zoo conservation projects and then plan special events to share this work with peers!


Malott Family Zoo Intern Program teens at Lincoln Park Zoo

Malott Family Zoo Intern Program (ZIP)
This innovative paid internship offers 10–20 Chicago public high-school students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while receiving training in public speaking, science and team-building.


Guests who are blind or who have low vision can request a free 30-minute guided sensory tour of Regenstein African Journey, a special experience that includes an overview of the animals in the building and their many adaptations.

Sensory Tour at Regenstein African Journey
Guests who are blind or who have low vision can request a free 30-minute guided sensory tour of Regenstein African Journey, a special experience that includes an overview of the animals in the building and their many adaptations.


Lincoln Park Zoo’s DreamNight lets families with children with chronic healthcare needs visit the zoo, free of charge, for a one-of-a-kind experience.

DreamNight at the Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo’s DreamNight lets families with children with chronic healthcare needs visit the zoo, free of charge, for a one-of-a-kind experience. This invitation-only evening event featuresanimal feedings, face painting, entertainers and more.


Young Resarchers Collaborative partners with Chicago-area schools in a yearlong program aimed at empowering students to design and conduct original research projects

Young Researchers Collaborative
Zoo educators collaborate with Chicago-area schools in a yearlong program aimed at empowering students to design and conduct original research projects. The partnership culminates in the annual Science Celebration held at Café Brauer.


Past Initiatives

Career Explorers teen interns at Lincoln Park Zoo

Career Explorers
The zoo offered Chicago students a two-week career immersion opportunity, with special activities afterward maintaining a connection with the youth and their parents.

Community of Conservation
In partnership with the National Museum of Niger Boubou Hama, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Community of Conservation project brought together students from Niamey, Niger, and Chicago’s Francis W. Parker School to explore conservation and cultural collaboration.